Posts Tagged School of Arts and Sciences

A&S Talks (on Twitter)

The school of Arts and Sciences has launched a brand new twitter handle, @TuftsArts. They will be tweeting about all things arts and sciences and so far have tweeted details on student blogs, information about upcoming events, and links to interesting articles. See some of their recent tweets below and make sure to follow them!

 

 

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What Makes a Good Scientist?

Assistant Professor Joshua Kritzer from the Chemistry Department and his graduate and undergraduate research students recently addressed the question “What makes a good scientist?”

The video offers surprising answers that veer away from our assumptions about a typical science student. Hayley Marcus, an undergraduate researcher, says:

“It’s not just being good at it, and doing well in those classes. It’s really enjoying what you’re learning, and realizing you can apply it in so many ways; and getting excited in class, when you make connections [between] things you learn and things you already knew about; or, you are just out everyday, and you realize you can explain why something is happening the way it’s happening. It’s just a passion and a love and an excitement for it that – once I realized I really had that – made me want to pursue a career in the sciences.”

In the video, Professor Kritzer offered advice to students considering a career in the sciences. He cited a “core desire” to explore and investigate one particular system or phenomenon, as a strong indicator of having the temperament of a scientist. He also mentioned creativity, imagination, and willingness to guess, and to test guesses, as important qualities of a successful scientist.

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