In Person: Series Index


Got something to say about starting or moving through a career in science? Here’s your chance to let friends and colleagues know what’s on your mind. Science Careers now offers a series of personal essays called “In Person,” about education and career development — in the broadest sense — in the sciences and engineering.

Your essay can relate personal experiences that gave you special insights. Or, you can tell about a special person who had an impact on your career, or discuss a policy issue related to career planning, or come up with another topic related to scientific or engineering careers. Invitations from junior and senior scientists, policy makers and decision makers, are welcome.

13 November 2014Jyoti Mishra

22 October 2014Huan Wang

24 March 2014Chris Martine

20 March 2014Javier Garcia-Martinez

12 March 2014Melissa D. Vaught

29 January 2014Kenneth Gibbs Jr.

21 January 2014Matthew McGrath

15 January 2014

10 December 2013Fatma Kaplan

25 November 2013Jacquiline Romero

18 November 2013Maria Fadri-MoskwikAt the moment Maria Fadri-Moskwik decided to become a scientist, she was strapped to a human hamster wheel.

11 November 2013Sushil Devkota

23 October 2013Anand Krishnan

09 October 2013François L. MayerAn unorthodox teacher—of German literature—inspired François Mayer to pursue a career in science.

11 September 2013Jenna M. ShapiroScience needs scientists who occupy the spaces between fields, to complement the more abundant disciplinary experts.

28 August 2013Victoria Doronina

21 August 2013Marga Gual SolerA Ph.D. candidate finds that the peripheral activities she engaged in during her Ph.D. prepared her well for a career in science diplomacy.

12 July 2013Niamh M. C. ConnollyDoubt and uncertainty can be uncomfortable, writes Niamh Connolly, but it has the potential to lead to better science.

03 April 2013Rachel RuhlenAfter the blush of first love is gone, Rachel Ruhlen digs deep to find passion for her work.

06 March 2013Charmaine TamAustralian postdoc Charmaine Tam shares tips on how to make it through this early phase of a research career.

11 January 2013Rodica StanA protégé pays tribute to the humanity and resilience of immunologist Alan Houghton.

17 August 2012Aurélie AmbrosiThe implications of being in a mixed-career couple became apparent to biologist Aurélie Ambrosi as lifestyle differences appeared.

03 August 2012Brooke AllenA quantitative trader urges physics faculty not to send their students to Wall Street.

18 May 2012Tracy AinsworthWe need to let young women know that it is possible to have a science career and a family.

27 April 2012Maximiliaan SchillebeeckxKeryn GoldPaul LuA group of grad students and postdocs has created a successful non-profit consulting group to improve their private-sector employment prospects.

16 March 2012Evgenya L. ShkolnikAlexandra SurcelAnat ShaharHannah Jang-CondellOur self-organized peer-mentoring groups changed our lives for the better.

04 November 2011Madhur AnandAt a world summit, a young scientist recognizes the importance of engaging real-world problems and the wider community.

14 October 2011William J. SimmonsA patent attorney and former immunologist examines his career transition and offers advice to scientists interested in a career in patent law.

30 September 2011Yassar AlamriIn the aftermath of an earthquake, a scientist ruminates on the uncertainties of working in science.

26 August 2011Lisa A. Levin, David M. CheckleyFollowing on our series on doing science in Namibia, two scientists describe their sabbatical experiences there.

04 February 2011Kathy WestonA once-promising academic scientist tells how she ended up jumping out a window of the ivory tower before she was pushed.

15 October 2010Roz PidcockPartway through her Ph.D., Roz Pidcock realized she wanted to talk and write about science, not do it herself.

03 September 2010Kolby Jardine, Angela JardineScience and outdoor activities form a positive feedback loop for scientists Kolby and Angela Jardine.

14 May 2010Wendell FortsonPeople with scientific training are needed to explore ethical and legal issues of science in the clinic.

11 December 2009Tudor LuchianFor Romania, 1989 was a momentous year, but it wasn’t until the mid-2000s that Tudor Luchian found the resources he needed to establish a cutting-edge lab there.

23 October 2009Virginia LongA recently rejected physics professor rediscovers the pleasures of carrots and carpentry as she ponders her future.

14 August 2009Huda AkilThe joy of playing with her granddaughter tickles the neurons of a noted neuroscientist and inspires her research.

29 May 2009Ruth LeyRuth Ley and Lars Angenent found that two-scientist couples don’t have to compromise on independent research careers–but the path isn’t always easy.

2 January 2009Daniel M. AlbertAfter 30 years split evenly between the Ivy League and the Big Ten, a researcher and administrator reflects on the differences in institutional culture.

7 November 2008Marc HermannThroughout his professional journey, Marc Hermann has always done “Exactly What He Always Wanted to Do”

3 October 2008Vasana ManeeratanaA “small-town Florida gal” finds that the biggest challenges in moving abroad aren’t always scientific.

19 September 2008Antonella Di TrapaniA science officer at the European Science Foundation describes her journey through careers and countries.

12 September 2008Peter BrownA New Zealand Young Scientist of the Year awardee tells why he decided to move from the bench to the bar.

4 July 2008Andreas BikfalviUnderstanding the peculiarities of the French public research system is critical to the success of foreign scientists coming into the country.

29 February 2008Anne McNeilFaculty interviews can come with tight scheduling, awkward questions, and jet lag.

15 February 2008Brooke AllenIf you want to find hidden value in the market for employment, you have to cast a wide net.

11 January 2008Keith WoolnerA former software developer’s hobby in baseball statistics landed him a job with a major league baseball team.

16 November 2007Brooke AllenA technical professional from the finance industry describes some innovative ways to uncover hidden talent.

2 November 2007Lothar HennighausenIn the first of a new series of personal perspectives, the author tells what a classic bicycle race taught him about scientific careers.

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