“You have to enjoy the quest, you have to know yourself – that’s really important! Be sure that you are really doing science because it satisfies your internal need for questioning and finding new things. Like many careers, there are going to be steps along the way that are difficult or frustrating. You may feel you are not getting ahead, or that your ideas or data are not being accepted in the world of peer review. You have to be curious, persistent, tough-skinned and open to many different ways of looking at things. If you have all or most of these traits, then get ready to enjoy it!”

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