You matter

We cannot be as good as we all want to be if we dismiss, discount, or ignore each other. We can all contribute and our unique perspectives will help us be better scientists (and, theoretically, people!) This relates to the next principle...

Discrimination will not be tolerated

We will not have an environment that is discriminatory, racist, or sexist. We will not make comments (verbal or written) based on race, gender, identity, religion (or lack thereof), disability, age, or physical appearance. If you have any questions about what constitutes discriminatory actions or language, Morgan is more than willing to sit down and discuss.

If you are the target of any of the above, please let Morgan know as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. You can also contact the university Title IX coordinator/officer for diversity and inclusion, Dr. Tamra Minor. If Morgan is involved or you don't feel comfortable talking with Morgan, you should contact Dr. Minor, Biology Department Chair Richard Cunningham, or Director of Graduate Programs Dr. Melinda Larsen (if you are a graduate student).

Your safety (and the safety of your colleagues) is non-negotiable.

There is an entire page of our lab manual devoted to required safety training and best practices. There are in-person training sessions related to chemical, biohazard, glass/sharps, and general lab safety. If you are not sure how to perform an experiment or handle certain tools, chemicals, equipment, please reach out to Morgan for help. We'll make sure you're safe, together.

The Campus Information page has contact information for the University Police, the University Title IX officer, Student Health Services, and Life Sciences building management.

If there is an emergency or if something seems suspicious or dangerous, find a safe place and call the proper authorities (Morgan, Police, Plant Services, etc).

Your present is as important as your future

Almost all of us are here to build towards a better future by training and/or working in the sciences. It's not always easy, but hard work is work worth doing. This is a fantastic opportunity to devote your time to your own development as a scientist and a person. You'll have the chance to gain skills in the lab and skills that will help you every day, even outside of lab (like presenting, public speaking, and writing).

But you need to prioritize your own health and well being. Anyone who tells you graduate school or science is supposed to be about suffering is wrong. You will have to make some sacrifices with your time, but you should never make them if your well being and health are at stake.

We all have responsibilities and priorities outside of the lab.

I have things I like to do outside of work. I have responsibilities outside of work. You probably do too. Don't neglect your friends, family, or loved ones for the sake of working in the lab. But remember, this is still your job. You need to get your work done. Except for emergency situations, the expectation is that you will finish anything you start.

Planning to take a day off to run errands, got to the doctor, or just take a mental health day is fine (and encouraged). But taking a day off and not completing a 5 day experiment is not. Or celebrating a bit too much the night before and missing a meeting or class.