Hello! Welcome to LabBites! As you can probably tell from the sparsity of articles available on our page, we are just getting started. We have more articles in the works and will be posting periodically, so check back in or feel free to sign up to receive new article alerts!
So, what is LabBites exactly? LabBites is a place to learn about how scientific research is done. We aim to provide practical, digestible articles that can help you learn or review skills that are important for performing research in the life sciences or understanding the scientific research we encounter in our everyday lives. To that end, we’ve organized our articles into four main categories:
Evaluating Data - These articles cover topics such as data analysis, data visualization, and critical evaluation of other’s data.
Research Best Practices - These articles are discussions on “soft” research skills and ethical research, for example, research reproducibility and keeping a lab notebook.
Lab Skills - These articles cover lab techniques used in many life science research labs and may include hands-on experiment ideas for practicing lab skills.
Navigating Research Life - This final category includes articles that cover other topics important for growing and succeeding in research or applying research skills to whatever career path you follow.
Who are we to tell you about all of these things? We’re a collection of scientists who are passionate about research and science education. We’ve all gone through learning how to work in the lab ourselves and used that experience to teach others. Many of us are still actively in research, while some of us have followed other paths, but we all believe in the value of research experience regardless of your ultimate career goals. We hope these resources make it easier for more people to get involved and have fun in the lab.
Who are you? As we set out on this project, we imagined talking to students interested in life sciences research, but not quite sure what that might look like. Or maybe students, who have been in the lab for a while, but feel like they need an extra resource to develop their skills or take their career to the next level. But we’d love to hear from you! Who are you? What resources would you find helpful? Let us know using the button below!