Stephen Stearns, PhD, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University writes Modest Advice for Graduate Students including these headings:

    [proceed as if] nobody cares for you

    Know why YOUR work is important to you

    watch out for psychological traps

    avoid lecture courses

    write a research or fellowship proposal ASAP

    learn to manage your Research Advisors

    publish early

    don’t look down on the master’s thesis

    publish regularly, but not too often

    Comments: Some of Stearn’s comments will seem a bit off the mark to students working in laboratories funded by high pressure grants such as from the N.I.H., especially the notion that a student can develop their own thesis project.
    Thanks to JL for pointing Stearn’s essay out to me!- JR

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