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u/Crunchthemoles · 13 pointsr/GradSchool

Entry level "PhD-level jobs" outside of academia are few and far between in Neuroscience, but consistency and planning will land you something eventually:

Start here: [Versatile PhD] (, [SfN Neurojobs] (, ["So what are you gonna do with that?" Book] (, [A PhD is not enough! Book] (

Also [] is probably the best job hunting site I have found out there.

My first piece of advice:
Start job hunting and making connections now. "PhD-level jobs" are hard to find and you will have to lower your expectations a bit, especially on your first job. While long term, the degree can be a huge advantage, that is not the case immediately after grad school and you will need to be flexible.

As you explore, you will see some immediate career options are:

Adjuncting with the hope to land a faculty position at a Community College, academic scientist, medical scientist (at a hospital lab), medical devices, teaching high-school, government (NIH, NIMH etc.), science writing (grants, journals, editing etc.), learning code/stat programs (R, Python, SAS, SQL, MATLAB etc.) and taking those quant skills into 'big data', or going the more typical pharma industry route.
Consulting is another popular option, but they typically like people with some industry experience (I've seen on average 10-15 years).

The pay varies wildly on all of these, but if you are looking for the biggest bang for your buck that lines up with your (hopefully still present) passion for Neuroscience...

The pharmaceutical industry would be a great place where a Neuro PhD could thrive. From my colleagues in Neuroscience who eventually got some type of industry job, two truths rang through before they made the transition:

  1. Either they had their foot in something before/during gradschool which is why they were getting a PhD in the first place (the minority).
  2. Post-doc and then industry (the majority).

    Unfortunately, a post-doc is almost unavoidable based on today's job market. I've seen people taking industry post-docs, which are competitive, but lead to the nice jobs and salaries you believe your degree entitles you to.
    However, there are several who took academic post-docs and bought themselves time, experience, and a bloodlust for a good job, which eventually landed them something that was 70k+ in industry and they can work up from there.

    Point is, there are options out there. The key is persistence, research, flexibility, and of course: networking.

u/Monory · 10 pointsr/GradSchool

I've really enjoyed Discovering Statistics using R by Andy Field. The book is written more like prose than a textbook, and is rarely dry. It requires you to learn how to use the R programming language as well, but I think it is very worth it. Everything he teaches, he teaches it at the conceptual level first and then shows you how to perform the tests using R. A great bonus is that R is great for data visualization, and being able to visualize large data sets quickly really helps get a better understanding of the data you are working with, which helps learn the theory.

u/Satellite0fLove · 1 pointr/GradSchool

Exercise - I was a total skeptic when it came to this one. Exercise made me feel worse, not better, and I felt as though I didn't have enough time for it. But now that I have consistently worked it into my schedule, it has done wonders to help lower stress and anxiety levels, increase my confidence, and now I actually want to jog.

Physical appearance - This is just a personal thing and varies in importance from person to person, but dressing professionally and taking some time to do hair, make up, buy a new outfit, etc. make me feel more confident when at school. So I basically never dress at school how I would at home.

Don't be too stressed if your research isn't working out, and don't be afraid to share progress - I am in the humanities, so this may be different for other fields, but I had a research paper to work on last semester and it took me nearly the whole semester to finally come up with a concise and definite argument and pull it together. But rather than compromise or give up, I have a good argument and publishable idea. I also decided to present my fairly underdeveloped paper to a conference. I told them that it was an active work in progress and that I was hoping for feedback - and I got just that!

I would also recommend reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. I don't usually take much away from these types of books, but the tips and strategies for time management and productivity really make sense to me and I have been actively working to incorporate them into my academic life.

If possible (I know this isn't always something grad students can do), have a vacation planned far in advance, even if it is just a day or two where you plan to go get out of the house and do something fun. That way you have something to look forward to in the long-term.

u/peachikween · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

I’m currently teaching myself French for a translation exam as well, and I’ve found this book to be super helpful in teaching me grammar basics, common expressions, and fairly useful vocab. I also like it because it starts giving you reading exercises really early on so it’s good practice for a translation style exam. Once I have a better grasp on the basics I’ll move up to reading like a high-school level book in my research area, and then to academic articles from there.

Also: don’t let German intimidate you!! The hardest thing with German for me was that it was my first language that used cases, but since you know Latin you’ve already got that down. Also if you happen to be a history student once you know some German you should get Deutsche Geschichte by Manfred Mai, it introduces a lot of common history/culture vocab in context and was super useful to me when I was learning. Good luck! :)

u/not_my_nsfw_acct · 1 pointr/GradSchool

This is a pretty curt way of saying it, but I agree. There's probably people here that are a lot better than me at focusing on their research or getting back on track after getting distracted, but it's something I have struggled with throughout grad school. I've recently started getting my political news from 1-2 podcasts I listen to on the weekends; if anything HUGE happens it will find its way to me - I don't need to follow the news constantly.

I'm probably not among the smartest of my peers and colleagues, so I have to stay vigilant to not fall behind.

I find the argument that news/social media/TV/etc. are training our brains to want continuous hits of dopamine pretty convincing and have recently become a convert to Cal Newport's Deep Work philosophy that getting continual streams of information out of your life is a way to be happier and more productive. He is a CS professor at Georgetown, so he's not just some self-help guru; he practices what he preaches. He has a pretty good podcast interview with Ezra Klein (former WaPo reporter and cofounder of on his "philosophy" that's worth a listen if you're interested.

This is a long comment, but the parent made a good point that was worth expanding upon.

EDIT: And if you're wondering "why the hell are you on Reddit then?" - I do my "browsing/social media" stuff between 5-7pm every day to try and limit my exposure.

u/lost_molecules · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

Some thoughts:

  1. Yes, grad school will take over your life. But if you like the academia setting, then you'll probably like it. Also ask yourself, what else would you rather do as a career if money wasn't a huge priority? Work in an office? Be an Instagram model? Housewife/husband? Teacher? What sort of *environment* do you want to be in? BTW, I still have friends and a social life, so it's not all work work work. You can have an apartment, a dog, and bike cross country while being a grad student...
  2. You're smart for choosing Biochem as a BS because it will give you flexibility for going into different fields (medicine, biotechnology, genetics, toxicology, biomed engineering, nutrition, pharmacy, etc.). Usually, you don't go into the same field you majored in. Your PhD is supposed to be more specialized. Pick an idea/project that will interest and challenge you. What do you care about? Helping people? Saving polar bears? Treating cancer? Solving crime? Making drugs? Fitness? Use that as a jumping point to narrow down your interests.
  3. Please take a gap year (or 2). I took 2 before college and another one before grad school to "live my life." You need to figure this ALL out before you commit. Don't apply yet, but start studying for the GRE and lining up who will write your letters of rec. Financially, STEM PhD's have decent stipends so you'll be ok. Also, grad students get to travel, like, a lot. There'll be conferences to attend and travel grants to apply for so you'll get to travel for free essentially. See if you can apply for an REU. It'll give you a taste of grad-level research and they usually pay well.
  4. Do you actually dislike interacting with others? In STEM, there's a lot of collaboration. However, on the flipside, I've spent many a lonely day (and night) in the lab doing solo experiments. You can get an MS, which is less of a commitment and might give you a slight edge. However, those usually aren't funded. But maybe you can find an employer who will pay for it if you're in the healthcare field.

    Your research will not likely change or influence the world, lol, so no need to be motivated by that.

    Lastly, read this book. It will seriously answer all your questions:
u/kristianmae · 3 pointsr/GradSchool

I know you posted this over a week ago, but I'm currently reading a book that may help you! As the title states, it's a "crash course" on scholarly skills, but it has two chapters that offer some helpful advice on how to be an active reader. (The other chapters are how to write, speak, research, etc.) It's been recommended a few times on this sub, so you may already know about it -- but I'm finding it very helpful! It also reccomends reading for main point

As for digesting.... Just know that you're going to have to read A LOT, and much of it is going to be unrelated to your research interests. There's absolutely no way you can remember everything you read, and trying to do so for some (like me) can be fruitless and counterproductive. So, this may be very controversial to some, but if it's not something you're really interested in researching further, its not a critical text/theory/etc. for your field, or a required reading for a class discussion, there may not be a need to really retain it long term.

So, when I read anything (for my own research, for class discussions, or just because) I highlight the thesis, the main arguments in support for the thesis, and the main arguments against. I write notes in the margins, and at the end of chapters I summarize the most sailent points and add my thoughts. If I can't summarize what I read, I go back and read it again. I scan this back into my computer, add my notes in Mendeley (or a spreadsheet, or whatever works for you), and move on. If I need to go back to it, it's there. Otherwise, if it's something I'll never need to think about again (outside of the class discussion) or it's irrelevant to my research, I drop it from my brain.
Obviously if it is something I need to remember or it is for my research, I don't drop it. But, I still read and annotate the same way since it is incredibly helpful to see my original thoughts if I have to go back to it.

EDIT: I should note that this was what I did for my MA three years ago. I'm starting my PhD this Fall, so who knows if I stick with this after reading /u/grammatiker 's awesome method!

u/beaverteeth92 · 0 pointsr/GradSchool

I'd say don't take a class. You'll be paying a lot of money for a generalized approach intended to strengthen a bunch of peoples' GRE scores, instead of focusing on what you need help with. Suck at verbal and good at quant? A class isn't going to spend more time on verbal just because you suck at it.

I'd recommend hiring a good private tutor and/or joining Magoosh. Magoosh is $80 for six months and it's by far the best prep material I've found. It's all online and has videos teaching you different types of material. Those are like a Khan Academy for GRE prep. They also have questions and a quiz mode, so they throw questions at you and also give you an estimated score range based on how many you get right. The questions are much harder than the real GRE so they prep you really, really well.

I'd say also get the Manhattan Prep 5-lb Book of GRE Problems. They're really good, reasonably challenging, and harder than the real test. They don't teach you "tricks" as much as teach you the actual material you need. Avoid Kaplan and Princeton Review like the plague, since their questions often have a lot of typos and aren't good prep. Also for sure get the Official Guide to the GRE, since it's the only place to get official ETS questions. They resemble the ones on the actual test the most. If you're having trouble with a particular topic, Manhattan Prep also sells guides for individual subjects like word problems and geometry that are really good. ETS also sells books of Quantitative and Verbal questions for extra practice.

Good luck!

u/ZombieDavidBowie · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

This book is awesome; it helps with setting realistic goals for daily production, and helps with making academic writing a part of your daily life. I also do a modified version of the Pomodoro Technique when I work. Kitchen timers don't work very well (I have an old wind up college test timer clock), but there's also an iphone app that's just as good; odd thing about it--I have to be able to hear the ticking. Cuts out the ambient noise, and structures my work habits.

As far as diet and exercise--go with whatever you can manage. I notice that I eat a lot more fiber these days (sorry if that's too much information), and because my gym/cardio takes a bit of a back seat, I make sure I walk everywhere, and I keep a good pace. I operate best when I've had enough sleep--I do my best work in the mid-morning. However, these are just things I do, and I'm sure everyone is different.

u/30_rocks · 1 pointr/GradSchool

Take a look at this recent post. There are some good suggestions in there.

I posted in there, but it still applies here: Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded. Great book, easy to read, and I saw great improvement in my writing.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

I'm sorry you are going through a rough experience. Part of life is finding out how to make room for ourselves in environments where that's not important to other people. It took me a while to do it and who knows how long I'll be able to keep from getting dragged back into a situation like that, but it's possible and it's worth it. I found this book really helpful. I wish you the best.

u/WordOrObject · 17 pointsr/GradSchool

Really, right now, just that it's my job. The fact that it sometimes sucks isn't an excuse. Neither is the fact that I don't feel inspired to excellence every day.

I sit down for two hours every morning and write. It's the habit that keeps me going, especially when writing feels like the horrible chore that it often is.

That sounds bleak, I suppose, but I've actually started to feel a lot better about my work and progress since adopting this perspective. It means that I'm not failing at being a grad student just for not "feeling the love" or whatever. It means that I make incremental (sometimes infinitesimal) progress every day.

This book sort of articulates that perspective. It's a book about writing, on the surface, but I've found that it's also a great "how to cope with this shit you got yourself into" manual (at least, if the size of the task combined with the overwhelming pile of other stuff you need to do is what ails you).

u/Schmallory · 1 pointr/GradSchool

We read this book in a graduate writing seminar I took this semester. It was the first book we read and I thought it had some great ideas on how to develop a writing schedule and stick to it. We followed it with "Writing Science" by Josh Schimel which really gets into the details of how to write WELL, not just a lot. It's much more dense but worth looking into if you're committed to improving your writing. :)

u/shoestring_banjo · 1 pointr/GradSchool

As the other poster said, you should look at examples from your field/program/group. Examples of previous students are some of the best places to learn what belongs in your manuscript.

If you're in STEM then I'd recommend the book, Writing Science, by Schimel:

It's a great primer on what makes a good paper. The style and way of thinking presented in that text, combined with analyzing previous dissertations, is what I've used to write my dissertation.

You should also ask your PI for any of their prior students' dissertations that stand out as a good example. They'll likely have some that they can name and possibly send to you.

u/latche · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

I asked for this book. Gotta find some humor in it!

Also, it might be nice to get her a gift card to a restaurant she likes. Forces her to go and enjoy herself without spending her own money :)

u/iNoScopedRFK · 1 pointr/GradSchool

Where can I find the (up-to-date) tests? Or is there a book that I can buy that has a bunch of different ones? I'm planning on buying this so I'll have the 4 tests included with that but would like to take more as well.

They changed the GRE a few years ago didn't they? So, I'm sure this is a given but just in case, I'm looking for practice tests that are up-to-date with the new test. Thanks!

u/MrDominus7 · 3 pointsr/GradSchool

Discovering Statistics Using R by Andy Field is probably your best bet. It's pretty comprehensive in terms of what it covers and is easy (and enjoyable) to follow along with and understand.

u/BrutalCassius · 27 pointsr/GradSchool

Just took the test on Saturday and got 170V/168Q. Let me tell you a few things about prep:

1)DO NOT waste your time or money with Kaplan/Princeton/Barron's etc.. they are inadequate and full of distracting typos.

2)Do use and/or the Manhattan course. They both come with top-notch instruction and lots of practice tests/questions. I actually used both. For even more practice questions (which you probably won't have time for at this point) check out the 5 lb book of questions.

3) Definitely memorize every word on the free Magoosh vocab flashcards. Knowing these words saved my verbal score.

4) For the love of all that is holy please use the official GRE book that is put out by ETS.

5) Do not ignore the essay. It requires a very specific type of writing. Even if you are a "good" writer you will be disappointed in your score unless you write the way they want you to. What you may not know is that every essay is graded by one computer reader and one human reader. For $13 you can actually have 2 essays graded by the exact algorithm the computer reader uses and you'll get an idea of where you stand.

u/tasteofglycerine · 1 pointr/GradSchool

Of course! The core of this system is in a book by David Allen called Getting Things Done (surprise surprise). This system is so insanely helpful, I have about 80% of it implemented and it's life changing what managing your tasks allows you to do AND how much free space you get in your head to be creative. 10/10 would recommend.

u/Professor_IR · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

The advice about scheduling writing time is good. The book "How to write a lot" goes through several "myths" of non-productivity and suggests setting a schedule and sticking to it will help you overcome these difficulties. I wish I had read through this short work earlier:

u/thewaltzingbear · 1 pointr/GradSchool

There are some guide books that give a decent overview of the process, what grad school entails, thinking about the job market etc. It seems like you are at a really early stage of thinking about it, and given you didn't specify the many questions you have, those would be a good starting point. Here are a couple:




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u/bofstein · 27 pointsr/GradSchool

We'll see tomorrow in class. I plan to say something if it isn't critiqued.

It's from a book that otherwise is probably filled with helpful information; maybe they just overlook this part of it because rest is good.

u/byrd_nick · 15 pointsr/GradSchool

I stopped working nights and weekends (with exceptions 2-3 times a year when a bunch of deadlines overlap). Working too much didn't help me get more done.

It just made the quality of my work worse. Once I got in the habit of taking time to rejuvenate, I realized that I could get just as much done in 8-9 hours a day for 5 days as I could working 10-12 hours a day 7 days a week.

This is only true when

  1. I sleep 8-10 hours a night and
  2. I exercise 5 days a week.

    When I do those, it is fairly easy to focus and work efficiently enough to get everything done in 40-45 hours a week.

    And I also recommend (listening to) Cal Newport's Deep Work. Pay close attention to how Newport thinks. His lessons apply more broadly than the examples he gives.
u/zorfbee · 11 pointsr/GradSchool

Russell and Norvig's Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach is a standard for undergrads and early grads.

u/_crescat_ · 5 pointsr/GradSchool

> Should I just bite the bullet and stick in the group?

NO. If you're meh about the project only 8 months in, and negative about the work environment, don't stick around for another 4-5 years. You will be miserable.

> ow I'm the only student who my advisor has, and if I switch lab group now or even after my master's, there's no one who'll be able to train new grad students

Not your problem. Remember, your main goal is to get training on how to be a good scientist. This should remain the first priority.

> I'm scared if she's going to get hysterical about her last student leaving and the lab getting empty.

Yep, she probably will, and it will be a difficult conversation. But, it is absolutely one that's worth having. It would be foolish to "tough it out" for years simply because you're afraid of your advisor having an emotional response.

> How should I approach on this subject to my advisor?

  • Send her email requesting a meeting. "Hi ___, I'd really like to discuss my overall progress in the lab. Additionally, with all the recent changes, I have some concerns about being about to maintain an efficient pace on my project. When would be a good time to meet?"

  • Think about what you need in a lab environment, and why that is. Sounds like you work best when there are experienced folks around to provide advice and support. Explain this to your advisor, and point out why you feel that you are not a good fit for her particular lab right now.

  • Listen to and acknowledge her reaction / emotions to what you're staying. You can absolutely be respectful without agreeing to stay in the lab.

  • I highly recommend the book "Difficult Conversations: how to discuss what matters most". It's useful not just in this instance, but for whatever uncomfortable discussions you'll need to have in the future.
u/krismicinski · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

Nearly all PhD students face this as they come to the final years of their degrees. Coursework, reading groups, and teaching are often (sometimes artificial) ways to give structure to your life and allow you to escape the reality of confronting the hard work that needs to be done on your dissertation. Realizing that you're totally alone to structure your time and organize your research can be daunting.

When it comes to difficult knowledge work, don't feel too bad and realize that you will go through spurts. Many people only get a few (2-4) hours of genuine writing done a day: this isn't something you can crank out for eight hours a day continually for a few months like experiments or coding.

I read a book "how to write a lot," and found it helpful in accomplishing this:

u/betti_naught · 4 pointsr/GradSchool

I would highly recommend reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. The book has really helped me in balancing working full time for a silicon valley startup, writing a master's thesis, and having a family.

u/Not_that_kind_of_DR · 3 pointsr/GradSchool

The Compleat Academic for general career advice & planning if you want to get a job in academia

u/scubasnack · 3 pointsr/GradSchool

How to write a lot. Ironically, the book is quite short!

u/OutofH2G2references · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

I think the most accessible book is by Paul Glimcher. Note that this is an intro text book, not pop science.

u/intangiblemango · 1 pointr/GradSchool

I started buying the large At-A-Glance calendars before graduate school, when I worked at a non-profit, and now I can't live without them:

If your schedule only has a few long things per day, this is probably not necessary, but if you are bouncing between things a bunch, having everything divided into 15 minute intervals is SO helpful. I have yet to find another planner with so much space and detail.

It's not as cute as some other options, but it is functional AS FUCK.

u/SlothMold · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

Intuition by Allegra Goodman fits the bill. I haven't read it, personally. The author's invited talk about it was really annoying and turned me off the book.

The Poisoner's Handbook is a decent account of Charles Norris' life as a scientist in the public eye, admittedly near 100 years ago. There are some glaring chemistry errors in it for a book purportedly about chemistry though.