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Failing Families, Failing ScienceWork-Family Conflict in Academic Science$
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Elaine Ecklund and Anne E. Lincoln

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479843121

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479843121.001.0001

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Will I Make It?

Will I Make It?

Family Life for Young Scientists

(p.35) 3 Will I Make It?
Failing Families, Failing Science

Elaine Howard Ecklund

Anne E. Lincoln

NYU Press

In chapter 3, “Will I Make It? Family Life for Young Scientists,” graduate students and postdoctoral fellows admit that finding a faculty position in science is not necessarily their goal, even though they have devoted many years to training for such a post. For many of these scientists, a strong desire to be near family or have a family takes precedence over an academic career, and they feel jobs in industry may provide more flexibility and be better able to meet their needs and wants, especially if they are in a relationship with another professional or academic.

Keywords:   family, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, career

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