What's It Like To Have a STEM Career in Different Types of Universities?

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What's It Like To Have a STEM Career in Different Types of Universities?

Online Resources

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty. Second Edition.

This book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from veteran biomedical investigators.

Burroughs Welcome Fund. Staffing the Lab: Perspectives From Both Sides of the Bench.

This career development guide is intended to help researchers build their first strong research team. Reading this will help you understand what the employer is looking for in a candidate and will walk you through the probable interview procedures.

Levine, I.S. (2007, March 02). Making the Leap to Independence.

This article explains the challenges and the characteristics of achieving independence in a scientific research setting.

Kaplan, K. (2011, September 7). Academia: Small-School Science. Naturejobs.com.

This article explains the virtues of being a faculty member on the tenure track at a liberal arts college. It also includes a summary on ways to fund your research.

Resources for women and underrepresented minorities in STEM

For STEM women on the academic career path

This is a website with resources from recent talks and workshops created by Cynthia J. Jameson for women in STEM who are looking for a career in academia. The site includes resources about: work-life balance, responsible research conduct, building your network, receiving mentorship, cultivating sponsors, the job search, the hiring processes in liberal arts colleges and research I universities, funding, publishing, increasing your visibility, campus interviewing, planning for the tenure timeline, and becoming an effective teacher, etc.

MentorNet, The E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science

University of Michigan ADVANCE sponsors this program for U-M graduate students and postdocs. A free internet matching system, MentorNet connects UM participants with other professionals from academia, industry and government, in an eight-month-long email-based mentoring relationship.

See also career development resources on the following sites:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

This site includes a job finding site, as well as career development resources.

Burroughs Welcome Fund

This site provides STEM career development resources including career development and lab management guides.


This site includes resources on networking, interviewing, salaries, and a job finding site.