Higher Ed Around the Web

Hello, chickadees and chickadoos. This week I rounded the web, which is way easier than rounding the globe – especially considering that the web is so very large – and found the latest, hottest, most exciting news about the (sometimes sorry) state of higher education! If you want to alternate between feeling angry and feeling sad, then this is the post for you. Read More Higher Ed Around the Web

Women in Academia: Three Stories about Money and Academia

Three stories broke recently, each highlighting slightly different issues facing academia. One focuses on undergraduate students struggling to make financial ends meet. Another focuses on the increasingly difficult funding landscape that may imperil the careers of researchers. And the last looks at the growth, and disparity in growth, between large and small university and college endowments. Read More Women in Academia: Three Stories about Money and Academia

Women in Academia: Getting Assertive

You are some of the mouthiest broads on the internet and I say that with both love and admiration. Being mouthy means not taking any shit. Being mouthy means standing up for yourself. Being mouthy means standing up for what’s right. Being mouthy means not getting pushed aside. Being mouthy is awesome. But it can be hard as lobster shells sometimes to be mouthy in professional settings. Read More Women in Academia: Getting Assertive

Getting Funding

A disclaimer first: my perspective is from the sciences, and I understand that many fields outside of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) do not have the funding opportunities and support that I have grown to love and be super grateful for. OK, disclaimer over. Funding is great! And it’s important for the CV! And jobs (both keeping and getting)! But as funding gets cut, how can we effectively compete for money? Read More Getting Funding

Women in Academia: Let’s Talk

Recently I was talking to a non-academic friend about life, the universe, and everything (tip of the hat to Douglas Adams), and as the conversation wound down its path, she brought up how often scientific experiments not directly related to human health are derided as big wastes of government money. Forgetting the fact that NSF and other science funding agencies make up a miniscule portion of total government spending, the fact that scientific programs are pointed at as hilarious wastes of money tells of a bigger problem. Read More Women in Academia: Let’s Talk

Women in Academia: External Funding Edition

Last week, we talked about some of the university and departmental funding options available to graduate students. This week, we’re moving outside of the campus and into the wild, wild world of external funding. Read More Women in Academia: External Funding Edition