Stored alongside the welcome packages detailed previously was a lecture that David Collum apparently gives to new students each year. Titled “Mother Liquors”, it’s a concentrated collection of good laboratory practices, progress expectations and reaction shortcuts. I was already planning on putting together something similar, and so used his outline as a framework for this post.
Graduate school has been an incredible experience, filled with some of my best–and worst–memories. I was fortunate enough to work under a supportive supervisor who allowed me to find my own path, and through guided trial and error gained confidence in my techniques and my instincts. Along the way I learned what worked for me and what didn’t, building a set of guidelines that helped me be both productive and content. These guidelines are detailed below. I hope you find them useful during your own career.
Progress and Time…
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