BEN BARRES: HOW TO PICK A GRADUATE ADVISOR
Ben Barres gives advice on how to pick a graduate advisor. He strongly suggests picking an advisor who is not only a good scientist, but also a good mentor. In this talk, he describes a mentor’s qualities and attributes, and gives suggestions on how to identify an advisor who will be a good mentor.
This is a great video and advice–sorry if it comes a little late.
I often wondered in the first couple years of graduate school; what skills should I be working on? I found this video recently and was surprised at its clarity. I found it helpful, straightforward and well, short (12 min).
ROY PARKER: IMPROVING GRADUATE TRAINING
Parker suggests that graduate training could be improved if science learned a lesson from athletics where the best coaches emphasize skill development, not winning (or, in the case of science, publishing a high profile paper), during training. Parker goes on to outline eight key skills students should acquire during their graduate training.