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Applying to STEM Graduate School, Parts 2 and 3

The second and third guest posts on applying to STEM graduate school are now up on Aaron Long’s blog, The Doctoral Road: Part II and Part III.  Head over there to learn more!

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Applying to Graduate Programs in STEM, Part 1: The Application Process

I was contacted by fellow blogger Aaron Long of The Doctoral Road to write a series of guest blog posts. The Doctoral Road covers topics on graduate programs in the humanities, and Aaron asked that I give the STEM perspective. … Continue reading

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Mimicking the Research Experience: An Experiment in Improving Undergraduate Biology Labs

Earlier this year I accepted a postdoctoral position at North Carolina Central University, a historically black university (HBCU) in central Durham.  I spend 75% of my time performing research in the lab of Dr. Jodie Fleming, and 25% of my … Continue reading

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NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

I am a finalist in the NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge.  A copy of my proposal, “Creating a Cooperative Environment for Graduate Studies and Career Preparation,” appears below.  If you like my ideas and would like to show your support, … Continue reading

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NC DNA Day 2013

A couple weeks ago, a fellow graduate student and I participated in NC DNA Day, which is a yearly event to promote science education in public schools.  The UNC School of Medicine sponsors this day of outreach as well as … Continue reading

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Three Principles for Cultivating Excellence – A Comment

It seems like science deadlines always coincide with busy times in your life.  That is certainly true at the moment as I’m working to finish my first draft of a textbook chapter while still getting my ducks in a row … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Higher Education

I recently reviewed the book Higher Education? (see it here).  The authors expect colleges to perform very specific duties for their students.  Most of their focus is on a true liberal arts education to expand students’ minds and thinking.  Students should discuss … Continue reading

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