The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 4th, 2015
In a laboratory setting, researchers,
postdocs, and graduate students can find themselves alone and lacking
confidence in the face of some common challenges. Those difficulties are
often lumped together as an inherent part of pursuing a research
career, but we think they could be divided into two types—challenges
that are hard in a good way or in a bad way.
Good-hard challenges include rigorous tasks that lead to scientific
discovery, and can be surmounted with discipline and focus, while
bad-hard challenges are those that are extraneous to the research
process and can lead to debilitating personal stress, poor self-image,
and stagnation in the work.