6 Tips from Early Career Researchers to Remember on Good Days & Bad

“Anyone can have a great idea and pursue it vigorously, but early career researchers tend to be eager to make a positive impact, and aren’t burdened by ideas from their past.” -Cole Trapnell, CZI grantee and early career researcher from the University of Washington

The highs of academia can take you soaring — the thrill of starting to understand something that made you scratch your head a year ago; finally focusing in on that elusive cell type; or the simple joy of crisp bands on a western blot.

1. Got questions? Ask them!

2. Is it failure or did you learn something?

3. Think big

4. Take care of yourself

5. Build your support network

6. Pay it forward



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