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The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science: A Toolkit for Students and Postdocs (Chicago Guides to Academic Life) Paperback – April 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0226060644 ISBN-10: 0226060640 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Chicago Guides to Academic Life
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226060640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226060644
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science is a roadmap to the beginning stages of a scientific career. I will encourage my own students to purchase it.”
(Dov F. Sax, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, Brown Unive 2007-10-09)

The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science pulls together a wide variety of resources to assist scientists from their doctoral experience through postdoctoral to faculty member or industrial career researcher. There are many excellent and thorough books on various segments of the scientific career, but none that cover the span of years and experiences described in this text. The selection of topics is appropriately broad, yet the focus remains on the elements of success. It is a mentor in print.”
(Karen Klomparens, dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University 2007-10-08)

“Careers in scientific research require a wide array of tools and it is during one’s graduate and postdoctoral training that these are typically first developed. It is also during this time that rapid and efficient assimilation and application of these approaches is most critical. With The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science, Bloomfield and El-Fakahany provide a comprehensive guide to various approaches that will assist readers in excelling within this early stage of their scientific careers.”­—Paul G. Harnik, graduate student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
(Paul Harnik 2007-10-09)

The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science is a comprehensive toolkit for aspiring scientists trying to decide whether to go to graduate school, what degree to seek, what institution to choose, how to select a mentor, how to navigate through graduate school and a postdoc, and finally how to secure a position—and what career path to choose. This book is also an excellent handbook for advisors. While face-to-face dialogue between students and advisors is critical when mentoring students, it is very useful to have a well thought-out essay to underscore the issues conveyed verbally. Each chapter, furthermore, concludes with a list of suggestions that form an effective set of takeaways. Being able to point to a chapter and suggest to a student ‘Read this and then let’s discuss the points that are relevant to you,’ could be valuable for faculty and students in a whole range of circumstances.”
(Eva J. Pell, Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, 2007-10-19)

“Step-by-step, Victor Bloomfield and Esam El-Fakahany provide sound, thorough, yet succinct advice on every issue a scientist in training is likely to encounter. Young readers will welcome the authors’ advice on choosing a graduate school, for example, while senior scientists will probably wish that a book like this had been around when they were starting out. With down-to-earth and occasionally humorous advice, The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science belongs on the bookshelf of every graduate student and advisor.”
(Norma Allewell, Dean, College of Chemical and Life Sciences, University of Maryl 2007-11-13)

"A comprehensive look at the process of making a successful career in the sciences, whether that career is at the bench, in the classroom, or in the corporate world. This book would be an excellent choice for every undergraduate student who has ever asked 'What can I do with a biology degree except go to medical school?' or indeed for any student who is already contemplating the possibility of a graduate degree in the sciences. . . . A very useful volume and long overdue."
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About the Author

Victor Bloomfield is professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics and a former dean of the Graduate School at the University of Minnesota.  Esam E. El-Fakahany is professor of psychiatry, pharmacology, and neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is former associate dean of the Graduate School. Together, El-Fakahany and Bloomfield established and directed the University of Minnesota’s first office for postdoctoral affairs.

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By Nathaniel H. on October 12, 2013
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After having this particular book recommended by this one group that I am a part of, I must say that the Five Star rating that I am giving here is the way to go. This book stressed the importance of being a person whom seeks to have their work published, what to expect in the Field of Science, and lots of tips for furthering into graduate studies. I really enjoyed this book and must recommend it to any student who wishes to know more about what to expect in our academic career.......
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By Eduardo Bessa on September 12, 2014
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Even though the book is a little displaced for Latin American scientists, whose scientific institutions do not work quite the same as in the US, the book is a great source of guidance for junior professors (like myself), and graduate students.
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This is really a must read for anyone in grad-school, it is very helpful and guides you through the steps you should be taking to prepare for your future career. Also very easy to read!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MP on October 27, 2010
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This book should be recommended reading for all graduate students pursuing a career in the sciences and engineering fields.
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