Category: Beyond the Bench

From Bug Barns to Morse Code

When I was seven or eight years old, my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  I thought real hard and then confidently stated, “I want either a diamond or a bug barn.”  I collected bugs in that...

/ January 4, 2018

Understanding by Doing

Now that I’ve got my PhD, and I’ve been working in a science communication position for a few years, I’m often asked how I “ended up” in SciComm. The first thing to point out is that I certainly didn’t just...

/ December 19, 2017

My Journey Coming Out of the Deep Dark Ditch of “publish or perish”

This is my story – the story of going through a tremulous phase of my life during which I lost faith in science and myself, but eventually regained it.

/ December 7, 2017

Perseverance to Passion

In my life, perseverance is growing up in the inner city of Flint, Michigan. Gangs, violence, and drugs were part of everyday life. I’ve seen someone being run down by a car, shot in the head, and been shot at...

/ November 25, 2017

My Unconventional yet Common Science Career Path

Lakshmi Ramachandran, PhD  – Scientific Writer – National University of Singapore –  Three years ago, I got involved in the activities of a voluntary ‘Women In Science’ (WIS) group where I work within the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), National University of...

/ September 23, 2017

Babies and Biochemistry: My Path to Finding Balance

– Cara Florance – I’m the daughter of a physicist and chemist. My parents exposed me to many types of science from an early age and I loved it. I always wanted a career in science and I successfully sought...

/ August 23, 2017

Crystals are a Girl’s Best Friend

– Julia Bates – “Oh look at my pretty crystals!” I squealed in delight. “Remember, the pretty ones aren’t always the best,” the postdoc sitting next to me commented. I rolled my eyes, even though I know he was right....

/ August 22, 2017

Forever a scientist: How I found my career niche

– Julia Bates –  “No Julia, you are still a scientist. You will always be a scientist”. Those were the words spoken by my mentor Professor Jenny Martin, as we sat drinking coffee in a sunny café in my hometown...

/ August 21, 2017

Academic dreams: they come and they go

 – Bill Hinchen –  Is it time I let go of the academic dream? I seem to have been battling with this question for several years now. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to do science — I mean proper...

/ August 4, 2017

Discovering My Passion for Teaching

– Jennifer Gatti | Buckingham Browne & Nichols School – Throughout my life, the message has always been clear: find your passion and love what you do because if you don’t, you might dread getting out of bed every day....

/ July 20, 2017

How To Be a Superstar With No Instructions

– Marguerite Matthews –  At 4 years old, I was sure I’d be a superstar! My father has endless video recordings of me prancing around, belting out my favorite songs or performing mundane tasks with Shakespearean theatrics. I was ready at a moment’s notice to give the...

/ July 7, 2017

From Grandma’s Backyard to the Bench 

by Rodolfo Jimenez | Assistant Director – Summer Bridge at The University of Texas at Austin <>My parents were so young when they had me. They both had to put school on hold in order to provide for their new family....

/ April 24, 2017

My Journey with Science

Anonymous || I have been interested in science from a young age when I liked to build intricate contraptions that I called “inventions”. These gadgets made from rubber bands and other household items helped me explore how moving parts worked...

/ February 23, 2017

Love The Path You Travel

Jessica Rauchut – Research Associate at Penn State Hershey Medical School  || At 22, many of us are graduating, starting new jobs, becoming doctors, getting married, or having kids, while the rest of us are still trying to figure out how...

/ February 4, 2017