Let’s start with some summer fun for everyone. Here’s what Olaf (a snowman) thought about summer…
Have you ever wondered what scientists do in summer?
I’ve always loved the idea of summer… Really, I’m guessing you don’t have much experience with breaks, do you?
Nope, but I like to close my eyes and imagine all the potential productivity when summer does come.
There’s no classes… except that new course you wanted to develop for fall
There’s no students… except the half a dozen HHMI undergrads in the lab
No committees… except that one search that’s planning to beat the competition
PI’s will have time to work in the lab… except they don’t remember how to use the equipment.
A flask in my hand,
A burner flaming under ring-stand,
Squinting, yes, that could be a band,
So many experiments to do in summer!
The joy of preliminary data,
That will be written in grants later,
I hope they meet a generous rater,
But we won’t worry about it now, it’s summer!
Ecologists spend their summer days
Counting Anoles’ dewlap displays
Under the Caribbean rays*
From the cold room, the biochemist says:
I think I picked the wrong discipline for summer!
We can research whatever we please
Because there are no salaries**
Given by universities … in summer!
I hope this transformation gives resistant expressors
Because for reviewers, I’m a persistent addresser
Trying to be less of an #OverlyHonestMethods confessor
If I had my own grant, I be a __________ Happy Postdoc! This summer!***
Research posters, we will assemble
And they just might resemble
The abstracts submitted long ago
To justify a trip to Key Largo
Wait- that conference is really in Fargo… this summer!
Oh! at the meetings, the data will be new
And you’ll all be there too
Because that’s just what scientists do in summer!
// It’s summer, scientists. Enjoy it how you will. Feel free to add your own verses in the comments section below.
**FYI- Does not apply to postdocs. I still get paid, but many other academic positions are only 9 month appointments.
***Give me a break, it was hard to think of rhymes for assistant professor.