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SC56 A 5 W Message to STEM Graduate Students

We learned about the 5 W's in grade school English as an approach to writing. A hallmark of a good story meant that we answered the Who, What, Where, When and Why questions. In this episode, I use simple 5 W questions to share advice, challenge and encourage those in STEM graduate programs. Why are you in graduate school? What are you willing to sacrifice? Who are you seeking guidance and counsel? When do you want to finish? Where are you going upon completion? Bonus: How are you...


SC55: Entropia Musings

True to Entropia's meaning, today's episode are random thoughts, but intended to be an encouragement to all who listen!


SC54: Sherry Marts PhD-From the Bench to Pioneering Harassment Training for Scientific Societies

She's always been about the SMARTs, so it's no surprise that Dr. Sherry Marts is doing what she has always done since her graduate school years at Duke- being an advocate. Over the past few years, Sherry has been raising the awareness about harassment at scientific meetings, and providing the training to organizations' leadership. Sherry realized early on that she wanted a career BEYOND THE BENCH. However, she credits her graduate and postdoctoral training, along with a series of...


SC53: Five Finger Rules for Careers

On a recent trip to the local library with my niece and nephews, I noticed a sign on the shelf entitled Five Finger Rule. Since children are often drawn to books because of pretty pictures and bright colors on the cover, this guide is used to help the young [new] readers determine appropriate books for their reading level. If the child is simply reading the book and doesn’t know the words, all they are doing is flipping pages and never fully enjoying everything the book has to offer. What...


SC52: From PhD Biology Research to Leading a Team of Industry Science Communicators

Dr. Karita Ambrose spent her entire undergraduate career doing research and continued on to receive a PhD in Biology. Her thoughts were on a life in academia and teaching and found the perfect post-doc that combined her love of research and teaching. But then, she did what many of people shy away from when it comes to their career--she was open to an opportunity. She left her postdoc early and began her career in industry. Starting out as an entry level bench scientist, then transitioning...


SC51: Labor Day Week Hot Topic Rebroadcast-Prioritize the Priorities

Enjoy this rebroadcast of one of the more popular episodes--How do you prioritize your priorities?


SC50: Who Are you Listening to for Career Advice?

Beware of the naked man who offers you his shirt. The African proverb is as appropriate for your career as it is any other area. Who are the people you seek advice and counsel on as it relates to your career? Are they people who have traveled the path in which you seek? A quick thought-provoking STEMulating hot topic to end the month of August!


SC49: Your LinkedN Driving Instructor-Elisse Wright Barnes, JD, PhD

Your LinkedIn profile is more than a resume with a picture. Whether you are preparing to graduate and seeking your first job or you are an experienced professional who is now on the job market, LinkedIn can be a valuable tool to assist in your pursuit. Elisse Wright Barnes, JD, PhD shares actionable tips on how to make sure you are getting noticed by your target audience. About Elisse Wright Barnes


SC48: I Am Not My Hair

It's 2018 and we are still having conversations about hairstyles and fashion choices as a career differentiator or limiting factor in the workplace. We say that we embrace diversity and are inclusive, but are we? When we produce websites, brochures and other material that showcase the people who work at our organizations, do they reflect the people who we say we are trying to attract?


SC47: Are You Ready

This Hot Topic episode asks a simple, yet thought provoking question that will help you both assess and prepare for being promoted to the next level.


SC46: Preventative Maintenance is Not Just for Vehicles

This is the kickoff of Year TWO of Beyond the Bench: STEMulating Career Conversations. We perform preventative maintenance for our vehicles, but do we do it for our careers? In this episode we explore 4 key items that should be on your Career Preventative Maintenance checklist.


SC45: One Year Anniversary Episode

A milestone reached! Celebrating one year of the podcast with a compilation favorite quotes and words of career advise from the Beyond the Bench guests over the past year.


SC44 Hot Topic: Open Letter to STEM students

A little over two years ago, I wrote an open letter to STEM graduate students about preparing for their next steps. Today, I give voice to the letter!


SC43 Hot Topic: Success Questions

There are no right or wrong answers. You will not have to share your responses with anyone. All you have to do is be honest and the answers just may reveal the key to your success. 1. When you measure your successes, whose measuring stick do you use? 2. If “success is a failure turned inside out”, how many of your failures have you turned into successes? 3. How often has a fear of success prevented you from pursuing your dreams? 4. What is your plan for sustaining your success once you...


SC42: From STEM Researcher to College President Tuajuanda Jordan

Ascending to the position of college president is likely not at the forefront of one's mind while doing scientific research in graduate school or when beginning as a new faculty member. It definitely was not the case for Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, but after heeding the advice of a mentor, she accepted an opportunity to explore the other "enlightened" side academia. Though she loved teaching and doing research, this initial experience in administration was one that would change the course of her...


SC41: Dr. Angela Ragin Wilson is a Chemist Leading a Public Health team at the CDC

Chemists are needed in the public health sector. When Dr. Angela Ragin-Wilson completed her Master's degree in chemistry, she landed a position as a bench scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. It didn't take long, however, for her to realize that she needed more. With the support and encouragement of a strong mentor, she enrolled in a PhD program. The next steps on her path led her to begin a rewarding and unexpected career at the Centers for Disease Control. After spending a few years...


SC40: The PhD-JD Career Path of Kenrick Vidale

A PhD in a STEM field combined with a JD is a powerful combination and has afforded our guest an exciting career path. In this week's conversation, Dr. Kenrick Vidale shares his journey from a PhD in organic chemistry, through going to law school part time while working a full time job in the pharma industry, to passing the Bar in multiple States, and now a full fledged attorney who has worked in both pharma and the chemicals sectors. Connect with him on Facebook or Linked In!


SC39: Latane E. Bracket, III-The Electrical Engineer Who Creates Mental Morsels for Leadership

An internship at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) was a great experience for the budding electrical engineer because it prompted him to seek careers outside of the traditional lab environment. Over the course of his career, he gained experiences in a variety of fields spanning foods to pharmaceutical manufacturing and held roles at levels of increased responsibility. At each step, he learned and observed some valuable leadership skills which he now coins as "...


SC38 Hot Topic: What Does your Yes Mean?

If you never say no, what does your yes really mean? Your ‘yes’ may have various meanings, but in this Hot Topic we explore what a ‘yes’ means in the context of 1.) association 2.) prioritization 3.) prioritization.


SC37 Hot Topic: Celebration, Motivation, Vacation!

Celebrating the success of others can serve as a motivator.