Somewhere between being a student chemist and a "grown-up" chemist that student has to learn not only how to come up with and perform a good experiment but also how to write good grants proposals and mentor students. Blogger Janet Stemwedel figured that she would learn all that while in graduate school, but her advisors focused on teaching lab techniques.

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