Tag: Graduate School

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

United States as a “Melting Pot” Indigenous peoples inhabited the land, that is now known as the US, many generations before Christopher Columbus arrived. These people were culturally and linguistically diverse and since the founding of the US in 1776, the number of languages, customs,…

CRISPR-edited Plants and Regulation

CRISPR-edited Plants and Regulation

If you wanted to get a genetically modified organism (GMO) through the regulatory process, you can expect to dish out about $35.1 million and wait at least five and a half years. This doesn’t even include the money and time it takes to discover and develop…

The Terminator of the Genome

The Terminator of the Genome

“Listen. Understand. The Terminator is out there. It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with… it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear…and it will absolutely not stop. Ever. Until you are dead.” In the movie “The Terminator”, the Terminator’s one job was…

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Three years ago, I moved from California to North Carolina for graduate school, an experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone in more ways than I expected. The most discomforting was feeling very different from my colleagues. For example, my identity as a woman of color became…

House Tax Bill Could Lead to Significant Tax Increase for UNC Grad Students

House Tax Bill Could Lead to Significant Tax Increase for UNC Grad Students

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a version of the tax reform bill that, if made into law, could lead to a massive tax increase for many US graduate students. The cause of this would be the removal of section 117(d)(5) from the tax…

Is the GRE a Waste of Money?

Is the GRE a Waste of Money?

Graduate schools generally utilize previous transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, personal statements from applicants, and letters of recommendation in order to assess whether candidates are suitably prepared for success in graduate school. However, how much do any of these individual components contribute to the…

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program

AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program

Are you interested in learning the tools to communicate complex ideas to a general audience?  The AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program is a competitive 10 week program that places you with media organizations around the nation to give you the tools to…

Are You Ready for Science Writing and Communication 2017/2018?

Are You Ready for Science Writing and Communication 2017/2018?

We are so excited about what’s in store for SWAC this year! If you are interested in writing or editing for SWAC for the 2017/2018 year, be sure to attend one of our orientations this fall. Even if you’ve contributed before, come learn new SWAC…

Science and Ethics

Science and Ethics

So let’s say, hypothetically, that your lab receives blood samples from a group of individuals to study genetic links with diabetes.  However, these samples would also provide important insights into other diseases.  But the researchers did not get consent from the blood samples donors for…

Physical Activity: A Simple Approach to a Large Problem

Physical Activity: A Simple Approach to a Large Problem

It seems the longer the obesity epidemic plagues the United States, the more complicated solutions to this problem become.  Exercise programs become more intricate, diet plans become more extreme and hype could not be louder.  However, using an old and simplistic mindset when approaching this…