Crusades for saving Grant Money?
JFRUGOLI at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Wed Jun 18 09:55:10 EST 1997
All of this hits home for me-I come from an 'always on the edge of
running out of grant money" lab and am collaborating in a "well funded"
lab. I have to admit, coming from one background into the other that
some kits are worth their weight in gold. Some are simply a waste of
My husband is an untenured, low-budget faculty member at another
institution, and I rinse those Falcon tubes, save those pipet tip boxes,
cart home the expired film, etc to keep him in business. I console
myself with the fact that the skills I learned in the low-buget lab
(making my own reagents, recycling materials) are probably more
important in today's job market than we'd like to believe (after all-how
are you going to bridge the time between the end of start up funds and
that first grant? With today's funding situation, that time may be
I see a lot of waste, but it seems to be concentrated around one or two
lab members who are basically lazy. These people come to a well funded
lab because they couldn't survive anywhere else. There are other lab
members who are incredibly productive because of the resources at their
disposal. I think it's an overgeneralization to paint all big money
labs as a waste of resources, but I agree that the temptation to "pay to
have it done" gets greater as the lab largesse increases.
This is true of households as well-I know families of 5 that could live
off what some couples pay for monthly entertainment (spoken as a poor
graduate student :) )
visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
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