Realities of doing science
Sarah L. Pallas
bioslp at panther.gsu.edu
Wed Jun 23 00:09:39 EST 1999
In article <37698897.C9E147E8 at salk.edu> S L Forsburg,
nospamforsburg at salk.edu writes:
>In short, every way of doing science costs. We are not paid what
>we're worth, and our postdocs CERTAINLY aren't paid what they're
>worth. Stress is enormous and draining. You do this not because it's
>a good career --any sensible business-student will tell you you're crazy--
>but because you simply can't imagine not doing it.
>And if you can ever imagine not doing it, then take pride in what you
>did along the way and move on.
>One of the things that puzzles me is why everyone seems so
>surprised to find that this is an ill-paid, stressful,
>demanding and at times vicious profession.
I agree. I always knew this would be a very hard row to hoe, and frankly
I never expected to survive as long as I have. I went into this field
because I love it and I will keep on doing it as long as they let me,
then I'll do something else challenging. I don't know how long that will
be. I am at a well-supported state university with 9 months of salary
and a reasonable teaching load, but I too, spend all of my time writing
grants. And not getting very many of them. That's why I never read
this list (that and all the porno ads, is there some way to read this
group without the porno spam?!). Anyone choosing academic science as a
career must do it out of love of the work, it is the only thing that will
carry you through all the bull****.
Sarah L. Pallas, Ph.D.
Dept. of Biology
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4010
Atlanta, GA 30302
tel 404-651-1551 fax 404-651-2509
email bioslp at panther.gsu.edu OR spallas at gsu.edu
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