Academic advancement as a computational biologist

Although it’s still way too early in my career to need to worry about things like tenure, I found this article from PLoS Computational Biology interesting and informative. It discusses some of the issues computational biologists in particular face when it comes to academic advancement. Measurements of academic success in quantitative sciences (computer science, statistics) are quite different than in the life sciences, so academics that cross these boundaries must understand the system well in order to get due credit for their contributions to the research community.

There is no reason I should not start applying many of these principles now as a graduate student to demonstrate to my POS committee the merit of my scholarship.

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