Over at the BenchFly blog, three well-established PIs, who've each trained dozens of grad students and postdocs, share their thoughts on "the characteristics that make a truly great graduate student." Charles Craik at the University of California, San Francisco, says that "great students show a sense of urgency," which is "critical" in science. Michael Marletta at UC Berkeley says that "drive, determination, and confidence" factor most in his lab.

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