How To Avoid PhD Burnout In 10 Minutes

Last week I was close to a PhD burnout. I knew that if another shitty thing was to happen, I would snap. Have you ever put more on your plate than you could chew? And then, when you feel your mind is 100% busy with work projects, life decides to add more troubles to your […]

12 Habits To Reclaim Your Life When Writing A Dissertation

Do You Have To Feel Miserable During Dissertation Crunch Time? In the Spring of the 6th year of my doctoral program and I was finally able to schedule what I hoped would be my last thesis committee meeting. My committee consisted of three very busy professors and it was next to impossible to find a date and […]

How to write a PhD thesis your committee will NOT approve

Sometimes it takes 7 years to get back to square one… Jesse was a bright and ambitious student in a Biochemistry PhD program. She was always ready to learn new techniques, and she diversified her skill set by working in the animal facility, cell culture room, and also in a mass spectrometry lab. Her supervisor […]

How To Hack Google Images To Make You Look Like A World Expert

Sometimes, it’s just easier to search for images. If we’re looking for a schematic, a diagram or a photo we can switch over to Google images and know in an instant if what we are looking for is there. Imagine the benefits if someone in your field was looking through google images and YOUR photo’s […]

I Want To Help You

You are not alone in this. Doing a PhD, being a scientist. It’s not easy. I am here to help you. What kind of topics would you like to see more in Next Scientist? Let me write what you need. And if I can’t cover your topics, don’t worry. Next Scientist has an extensive network […]

The Smart Way to Manage a Large Research Project

With 3 or 4 years to complete your PhD, you might think you will have plenty of time to explore all thoughts and ideas. But time goes fast and you need to learn to manage a large research project. You’ve got plenty of time and good brains. Let’s be realistic. You finished your undergrad studies. […]

Science Blog and Scientists – Oil and Water?

Facebook and the Social Media Trinity, Blogging, LinkedIn and Twitter clearly have no place in science. Science has got on just fine over the years without any intervention from blogs or social media. If anything, they are more of a distraction. What is a science blog anyway, an online diary? Mindless entertainment? What possible use […]

Why You Should Waste Time Documenting Your Scientific Mistakes

This is a guest post by Jonathan Gross from Labguru. Scientific mistakes happen. Some might call earning a graduate biology degree a comedy of errors, except the errors aren’t often funny (or cheap). As learning by trial-and-error is a key part of the graduate student journey, I recently asked the Twitterverse to share research failure […]

Get A Second Brain With Evernote For Science

Scientists live in a constant overflow of information. Check how to get a second brain with Evernote for science. If you want to thrive in your scientific career you need to know how to handle it and get the most of it. But let’s be honest, taming this information beast is a big headache. I […]

Trouble-Free Science With A Cloud LIMS

Storing, retrieving and making sense of all the data produced in a research labs is a great challenge and LIMS can help you with that. You can use a set of lab journals, nice Moleskines or just rely on your memory. But being a digital scientist, don’t you think some smart software could make your […]