Writing an Abstract
Writing a scientific abstract for a conference presentation or a manuscript can be hard! There is a lot to try and say in a very short space. There is also an important balance that must be struck between general background information, specific experimental methods used, and results obtained. This is a very helpful set of tips (with many examples!) to help you get started with writing your abstract: Components of a Competitive Abstract.
Asking for a letter of recommendation:
Start out by first asking your professor (in person or via email) whether they would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you — and include the due date of the letter. Ideally, you’ll be giving your letter writer plenty of time — at least two weeks — although more is optimal!
Things that Prof. Liu asks for when writing a letter:
- Your CV / resume
- A personal statement addressing why you are applying to the program/fellowship/position
- A statement of things that you would like her to mention in her letter
For more information on how to apply to a summer research position or to graduate school in chemistry (or a closely related field), see the following guides:
Pomona Students: If you would like to be put in contact with some Pomona alumni who are currently in a Ph.D. program, please contact Prof. Liu
Some starting points to look for summer research/enrichment opportunities:
Information on the post-college job search:
Find out more about….
(This is the NIH-funded post-doctoral training program that Prof. Liu was a part of)
The American Society for Microbiology
(This society provides some great scholarships and educational programs for undergraduate students)