Tagged: students

Powering potential in young Māori - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall May 19, 2016

Teachers have been shown to underestimate Māori children’s academic capabilities, which their achievements end up reflecting. But Pūhoro, a forward-thinking science academy, has now been set up to support Māori youth in reaching their true potential. Naomi Manu and Mana Vautier give us the lowdown. One thing that people really don’t like to talk about is prejudice. But we all have … Read More

Changing the Ph.D. - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 21, 2011

Regular readers will know that I have previously written about that only a fraction of science Ph.D. graduates go on to work within academia long-term and related thoughts. Nature has published an editorial and a collection of articles (all open-access) looking at possible ways governments or institutions might alter the Ph.D. to perhaps reflect … Read More

Career paths, redux – the academic research career is the exception - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 22, 2010

Two recent posts from (parts I and II) review a graduate student forum where two university staff members presented their thoughts about career paths. I’d like to use these as an opportunity (well, excuse) to pull together in one post some of things I have previously written on this topic, about science-based careers outside academia. Read More

Universities and (lack of) showcasing use of science degrees - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 09, 2009

Universities could do more to expose their students to a wider range of uses of their science degrees. A couple of years ago I was at a national molecular biology conference. In between sessions they held a forum for (post-graduate) students, offering a panel of senior scientists presenting what the students might expect in their futures. Read More