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I didn't think my "start-up" document for my grad students (the resources I wish *I* had when I started a PhD) would prove to be so popular, so I figured I would share them here. So, here's what I've compiled so far. #hiddencurriculum 1/12
This is by no means exhaustive and is absolutely a living document. If anyone has suggestions or additions, please feel free to let me/twitter know! 2/12
1. The Professor is In by Karen Kelsky @ProfessorIsIn. The advice in this book is blunt, honest, and incredibly important for turning your PhD into a job. I used this later in my grad student career and will continue to use it in my academic career amazon.com/Professor-Esse… 3/12
2. Ten simple rules for structuring papers by @spiralmensh and @koerding. In my experience, grad school taught me to write but it didn’t necessarily teach me to write *well*. This is a fantastic overview of how to structure a scientific paper journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/a… 4/12
3. R for Data Science by @StatGarrett and @hadleywickham. Reproducible research is so much easier to do in R. For an introduction to writing Tidy code, it’s tough to find a better resource. I found R much later in my grad career than I would've liked. r4ds.had.co.nz 5/12
4. The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain Text Social Science by @kjhealy. Very compelling arguments for developing good research habits with lots of information and great concepts regarding research. kieranhealy.org/files/papers/p… 6/12
5. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction by @kjhealy. Kieran follows up the Plaintext Guide with a new book on data visualization. The chapter,
Getting Started, is particularly useful and clear in articulating how to work in RStudio. socviz.co/gettingstarted… 7/12
6. A Quick Introduction to Version Control with Git and GitHub by @jdblischak, Emily Davenport, and Greg Wilson. Version control is the backend that ties everything together. Learn it, love it, live it. journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/a… 8/12
7. R, RStudio, MikTex, Pandoc, and Git. Five FREE pieces of software that allow for total vertical integration of my entire scholarly process; all aspects of the the research process use R and RStudio. We need not use any outside software, except in special cases. 9/12
8. @nature's how to write a summary paragraph. Abstracts are VITALLY important and Nature breaks down *exactly* how to write a crystal-clear abstract for freaking NATURE. …b4-be4c-d68f4963b7dd.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/ckedit… 10/12
9. The @MITCommLab's communication kit. It contains
easy instructions on writing cover letters, formatting CVs, writing abstracts, personal statements, etc. Each part contains annotated examples in action. mitcommlab.mit.edu/be/use-the-com… 11/12
10. Writing a scientific paper, step by painful step by Kevin Lafferty. I’ve never met Kevin, but this is a GREAT resource. Yes, it is written about
parasites and is heavily focused on biological sciences, but the general information is pure gold. …phiccascades.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/trophic/… 12/12
This is what I've compiled to date and I welcome any other resources/suggestions people might have! This is very quant-heavy and without many grant related or conference related resources.
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