Slow and Steady

In Molecular Cell, Uri Alon says that students and postdocs should take their time to choose a project to pursue. "It takes time to find a good problem, and every week spent in choosing one can save months or years later on," Alon writes, adding that in his lab they are not allowed to choose a project during their first three months. Instead, that time should be spent reading, discussing, and planning.

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