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Mentorship: A Two-Way Street

Ask a highly successful person about important milestones on the path to a rewarding career and he or she will most likely credit the influence and help of a mentor. We can all agree on the value of a mentor, but how to acquire one … Read more

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What is a Good Response to a Bad Midterm?

If you are already feeling insecure about your ability in a subject area, particularly a math-intensive one, a bad midterm result can feel like confirmation that you don’t have what it takes to succeed. The temptation to drop a course, with the goal of protecting … Read more

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Include Relevant Work Experience in Any STEM Education Plan

Newly minted grads are often dismayed to find that even jobs posted as “entry level” can require two or more years of experience. What happened to on-the-job-training? It still exists, but employers seem much more willing to invest in students before, as opposed to after, … Read more

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Asking for a Letter of Recommendation: Who, How, When

A strong recommendation letter, from the right person, can weigh heavily in any application for a scholarship, or for admission to a graduate or professional program. It is worth thinking about what you can do to elicit the best one possible.  Who: Read the application … Read more

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A Strategic Approach to Undergraduate Electives in STEM

It’s easy to get the wrong idea about undergraduate electives. By definition, an elective is non-compulsory. You may choose to take it, or not. Requiring a course seems to confer value. If a course is an elective, there is no explicit suggestion that there might … Read more