"Yes, science is based on logic, but it moves forward rather in fits
and leaps, making ample use of intuition."
"Be informed, and follow what you have a real passion for."
The advisor and thesis committee
"Choose carefully and develop a good working relation."
"How can you find an answer if you don’t know what the question is?"
"Set goals, and develop a
strategy, but value the process and meaning of your work."
Turning challenges into
"Being stuck and confused can be
the catalyst of breakthroughs; play can be, as well."
Ethics of research
“No man is an island.” (John
Using the scientific literature
"Be informed, learn to drink
from a fire-hose, and make a database."
"Put yourself in the shoes of your
Publishing a paper
"Know who you write for, and
the mechanics of publishing."
"We set priorities so that
circumstances and others don't make the choices for us."
"Know what reviewers and
program managers are looking for."
The scientific career
"Know what to expect and make your own
Applying for a job
"Be informed, and pursue a win-win
"Life is a boomerang; rely on love,
enthusiasm, trust, and commitment."
Appendix, a sample curriculum
"Ideas for teachers who want to develop a
course for graduate students."
Sasha van Wijk (age 3), daughter of
engrossed in The Art of Being a Scientist. You can't start young enough!