BARODR at ccmail.monsanto.com ("BARBRA A RODRIGUEZ-THOMAS") wrote:
>> I wanted to know what other students and professors feel about the need to
> produce a lot of papers during graduate school. I had thought this was not an
> issue until you did a postdoc, but I have heard some comments that would
> suggest otherwise. I thought getting a well-rounded education should be the
> key determinant to future success. Are professors weighting paper quantitiy in
> thinking about taking on a new postdoc? Does it depend on what field--such as
> developmental biology-- you choose to enter? I appreciate any insight into
> this matter.
I am also one of those ancient Grad. Students about 6 months from
finishing my Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and Plant Biotechnology.
I can tell you from experience that the difference between having
papers and not having papers is whether or not you get a real job or
not. What do I mean by this?
I have 3 pubs. from my masters and about the same comming from my
Ph. D. I have been approached by an industry head hunter and have
been invited to apply for an Asst. Prof. job at a major land grant
university. My peers who don't have the pubs. are looking for Post-
Docs or technician jobs. One friend who has been a Post-Doc for at
least 5 years has been told that her negatives are that she has not
published her Ph. D. dissertation research (slow Major Prof.) and that
she has no *lecture* teaching experience.
I was told a great truth by a Prof. when I came to TAMU. He said,"You
haven't done anything until it has been published."
Just my $0.02,
Moprisko at tamu.edu