Trade Offs and Choices

Donna Dean, PhD: Trade Offs and Choices

The tradeoffs and choices of graduate life.

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Transcript: Trade Offs and Choices: Dr. Dean

I think in terms of making tradeoffs, I think I always realized that it was a mistake to make the assumption that you could have a perfect career path, a perfect trajectory in science. I think that it's important-that I did have to make tradeoffs. One tradeoff I made in choosing a thesis adviser is that I actually did not choose a thesis adviser that had one of the two most interesting scientific areas that I thought were happening in that department for a very simple pragmatic reason. That simple pragmatic reason was that he was not known to be particularly female friendly in his laboratory and that I would not necessarily be given a project of equal difficulty to the men in his lab. "

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