Practical Advice for New and Retiring Professors

For newly minted Ph.D.s, the excitement of landing a faculty position can quickly give way to anxiety as they embark on setting up a lab for the first time and forming a research group. At the other end of a professor’s career, shrinking a group and shutting down a lab can be equally daunting, and an experience often marked by mixed emotion. If you’ve been through either of these experiences, please share the best advice you have received—or can offer from personal experience—to help others who are going through these major transitions. A sampling of these submissions, which are due by Aug. 8, will appear in the Sept. 8 Back-to-School issue in Chemical & Engineering News.