How Bad Institutional Support Cost Douglas Prasher a Nobel Prize
Maggie Delano

This really resonated with me. I quit my PhD a little over 2 years ago for various reasons — mentorship was one of them. My thesis adviser expected all of his students to be completely independent and treated us like postdocs. I thought about potentially switching mentors, but then I realized that I was the type of person who would need much more “hand-holding” (read: actual mentorship) than what most of the mentors at my institution were known to provide. I blame myself for not recognizing that most famous or “successful” scientists aren’t good mentors. I really wish mentorship was emphasized as a really important part of your academic training, not a requirement you need to “get out of the way” (as many of my fellow grad students saw it). Thanks for sharing this.

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