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Finding your unique path in science

Authors
  • Avasthi, Prachee1
  • 1 Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH 03755
Type
Published Article
Journal
Molecular Biology of the Cell
Publisher
American Society for Cell Biology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
31
Issue
25
Pages
2749–2751
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1091/mbc.E20-08-0565
PMID: 33253076
PMCID: PMC7851859
Source
PubMed Central
Disciplines
  • ASCB Award Essay
License
Green

Abstract

I always found it curious that in science, we value unique, creative thinkers, but we teach scientists to progress in a formulaic manner that rarely takes each person’s individual strengths into account. Surprisingly, when we break the mold, we are often rewarded for it. This cycle of learning to survive using conventional wisdom but being rewarded for a unique path outside of it seems to be an unspoken key to success. I am honored to be awarded the 2020 Women in Cell Biology Junior Award for Excellence in Research and am thrilled to share some of the unconventional guiding principles that brought me to where I am in this rich scientific landscape. The game changers in the early phase of my career were informal mentors, open scientific communication, and persistence in pursuing difficult scientific questions.

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