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How to evaluate a graduate studentship, or choosing the right doctoral advisor

Duncan T Odom

Author affiliations

University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK - Cambridge Institute, Cambridge, CB2 0RE, UK

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:114  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-4-114

Published: 29 April 2013

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A potential graduate student may spend more time in deciding what trendy digital device to buy than the environment and conditions of a studentship that guide their future career - I know this is true, because I got a really good Walkman, back in the day. This brief essay summarizes the core advice that I give folks who are about to take the first steps on the (potentially perilous) path towards an academic or industrial research career in biological sciences.