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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What’s Next?

By Bethany Huot

If you’re anything like me – and I think most of you are – graduate school is a lot of struggle and frustration sprinkled with those rare moments of excitement and elation.  You dread the question, “So, what’s next?” because you really have no idea!  What exactly are you going to do next, and how do you even begin to know what your options are? With so much to do to publish and graduate, how are you supposed to find the time to consider and prepare for what’s next?

That is why I decided I needed a Community of Minds. I realized I didn’t have to “go it alone.” I could tap into those around me as a resource to help me through and hopefully help them in return.  You can learn more about the motivation behind The Pub Club here.  But in this post, I want to focus on you and how you can build, draw from and contribute to your own Community of Minds as a means for managing your career.     –READ MORE–


Career tips over breakfast with John McDowell

By Bethany Huot

This morning The Pub Club had the opportunity to have breakfast with today’s Monday PRL/PLB seminar speaker, John McDowell.  We discussed many topics while we munched on our bagels and fruit and drank lots of coffee (Daylight Savings time is so much fun!), including how to obtain management experience for running your own lab, John’s philosophy on post docs taking research with them, how he maintains his excitement in a world of rejection and more.  A lot of the conversation centered around how to distinguish ourselves in the job market.  What were some of John’s top tips?     –READ MORE–


As always, I am available and excited to discuss and teach the “Community of Minds” concept on which The Pub Club is founded.  Feel free to contact me by email, contact form or just stop by my desk.

Bethany Huot

Founder/Director The Community of Minds & The Pub Club

The Latest

Congratulations, Xin et al!!! (11/29/16):  Xiufang Xin, Kinya Nomura, Kyaw (Joe) Aung & Andre Velasquez (He lab) have recently published a paper in Nature describing the role of Pst DC3000 bacterial effectors, HopM1 and AvrE, in establishing an “aqueous apoplast,” which is necessary for disease. To read the full article, click here. To read Xiufang’s blog post on the story behind the story, click here.

Congratulations, Dr. Bethany Huot!!! (11/22/16):  Dr. Bethany Huot (He lab) successfully defended her Dissertation on November 21, 2016. Congratulations, Bethany!

Congratulations, Dr. Li Zhang!!! (11/10/16):  Dr. Li Zhang (He lab) successfully defended her Dissertation on November 9, 2016. Congratulations, Li!

Chris J Leaver Fellowship for Early Career Scientists (11/08/16):  The John Innes Center is offering “a 5-year Fellowship aimed at individuals wanting to start their own research group, and includes a Project Leader salary, funding for a post-doc, and considerable additional resources provided by the Centre.” Applications are due by November 30, 2016. For more information, click here.

ASPB Travel Awards for Plant Biology 2017 (11/08/16):  Applications are open for the ASPB 2017 Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award to attend Plant Biology 2017 which will be held this year in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 24-28, 2017. Applications for this award are due by December 14, 2016. For more information, click here.

New From “The Void” (Quotes/Excerpts  posted here are pulled from current job postings.)

Assistant / Associate Professor (tenure track)

(75% Research/25% Teaching)

Desired Qualifications:
● Ability to integrate basic and applied research
● Previous substantive contribution to cultivar development and release
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication
Evidence of interest and ability to form collaborative partnerships – within and across university disciplines, across national/international institutions, and with private industry
Evidence of teaching effectiveness
Evidence of excellence in teaching scholarship
Evidence of ability and willingness to effectively teach and mentor students from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds at the undergraduate and/or graduate level
● Evidence of ability to secure extramural funding from public and/or private sources

The Pub Club

If you are interested in more information on The Pub Club or the possibility of “Meeting on The Edge of Science” by gathering with those in your lab community please contact Bethany by clicking here & filling out the form.