So You Want to be a Scientist?

Paperback | August 15, 2009

byPhilip A. Schwartzkroin

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What does it take to be a scientist? Equally important, what does it take to be happy as a scientist? Drawing on thirty years of experience, Philip Schwartzkroin offers the budding scientist an invaluable glimpse into the day-to-day life of the researcher, filling a huge hole in the educationof most would-be scientists - whether undergraduates or high school seniors. As Schwartzkroin points out, many of the most important things researchers learn as they hone their craft are not written down anywhere. And many of these insights come as a surprise to the naive and well-meaning student who somehow believes that "doing research" is an occupation that issubstantially different from doing a job in "the real world." This book looks at the "job" of science. Starting with suggestions about how to decide whether you'd want to pursue such a career (and if so, how to get started), the book works through some of the obvious topics relevant to a researchprofession - how to write a paper, give a talk, construct a grant proposal. It also examines less obvious topics that are generally incorporated into a research education only by trial and error - "thinking" like a scientist, negotiating scientific politics, dealing with research ethics, andunderstanding social interactions. And the book includes many "real-life situations" that may confront the young scientist, along with the author's advice on how to solve these problems. Based on the author's long career in the laboratory and his rich experience mentoring trainees, So You Want to be a Scientist provides information and insights that will help the young scientist make better decisions and choices. It will also be useful to teachers, counselors, and parents for itsrealistic look at the demands and requirements for success in a research career.

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What does it take to be a scientist? Equally important, what does it take to be happy as a scientist? Drawing on thirty years of experience, Philip Schwartzkroin offers the budding scientist an invaluable glimpse into the day-to-day life of the researcher, filling a huge hole in the educationof most would-be scientists - whether underg...

Philip A. Schwartzkroin is Professor and Bronte Endowed Chair in Epilepsy Research, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Davis. Schwartzkroin is internationally recognized as a prominent figure in the epilepsy research field, with over 150 peer-reviewed publications, several edited books, grant funding, and aw...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.51 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195333543

ISBN - 13:9780195333541

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Getting Started2. Career Choices and Laboratory Nitty-Gritty3. How to Think like a Scientist4. How to Write a Scientific Paper5. Giving Presentations and Talks6. How to Compose/Submit Grant Applications7. The Politics of Science8. Ethical Conduct of Research9. Scientific Research as a Creative Enterprise10. The Role of the Scientist in Society11. Personal Challenges12. Rewards and Riches