Hey, I’m Sidechain!
Feb22

Hey, I’m Sidechain!

Hello, blogosphere! Sidechain Bob here.  Just a couple of words about myself:  I’m a junior also in my second full year of undergraduate research, and my scientific interests lie mostly in chemical biology and drug discovery.  I also moonlight as a molecular biologist.  This explains the psuedonym:  most of my life is taken up by worrying about side chains.  And apparently I’m a big fan of the Simpsons. On this blog you’ll find my musings on biochemistry, quantum chemistry (or whatever cool class I’m taking at the time), and the graduate school admissions process.  Chiral and I hope that this will be useful to any undergrads who come across C&EN’s website and have no idea (like me) of what to do about graduate education.  Anyway, we're both looking forward to this blog and the wild ride its sure to become- can't wait to get started! Stay tuned for a look at summer REU...

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Welcome
Feb22

Welcome

For the past week or so, perhaps you've noticed the curious "Transition States" link just beneath the search bar, without any content. After getting things situated, we're finally ready to open up shop. So, welcome to Transition States! In general, our focus here will be about the transition from undergrad researcher to grad student, and all that goes along with it. Maybe one day from grad student to post doc and beyond, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. We hope to document the process: between applications, campus visits, talking with grad students, post docs, and professors, it’s all new territory to us, to the point we’d like to write about it, and share it. It’s our hope to generate response, and advice for our own situations, and more importantly, we hope to develop a detailed account of the whole endeavor, with tips, tricks, and questions we wish we would have asked, to help future batches of up-and-comers. Obviously, life as an undergrad researcher extends beyond grad school applications, and we'll be covering those aspects, too, including life in lab, classes, ‘the literature,’ the future job market, ethics, trends, or just general musings. It’s all stuff we (still) find exciting enough to write about it, even after working all day around it; we want to present it in a way that even those who also work in chemistry will still find it interesting to read. C&EN has been gracious enough to ask us to write for them, and we're beyond excited to oblige. Now, that the official 'mission statement' is out of the way, who's the "we?" Well, I go by Chiral Jones, and my co-blogger is Sidechain Bob (who will be making his introduction shortly). Best pseudonyms ever, right? Anyway, I'm a senior undergrad in my second full year of research, and I've been blogging for over a year at Chiral Jones. Primarily, I'm interested in total synthesis, but I also like to dabble in diversity-oriented work. Luckily, I get to do both right now, and I hope to continue this kind of work in grad school. Check back soon for full "About" sections, and the introduction of Sidechain...

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