Nice Table Manners, Please…

You have a right to:

  • Be treated with respect and not be yelled at
  • Work in a safe, sheltering environment
  • Work normal hours, have a vacation
  • Be properly mentored
  • Know what is going on in the lab
  • Be protected by the PI from anyone who may maltreat you
  • Receive help when needed
  • Receive appropriate credit for the data you generated

I expect that you will:

  • Tell me what I NEED to know, not what I WANT to hear
  • Work hard 8 hours on workdays
  • Plan your experiments appropriately
  • Learn from your mistakes
  • Respect all University rules and regulations
  • Respect your co-workers and the PI


  • I can provide you advice, mentoring, materials, resources and a safe, happy environment. But I can’t provide you motivation. If you don’t have it by now, you will never have it. Find a different life path.
  • The only person who makes no mistakes is the one who does nothing.
  • Don’t rely on your memory – write it down, otherwise, it doesn’t exists.
  • Understand WHAT, HOW and WHY before you start doing anything.
  •  If you do not learn from your mistakes, you are A) stupid, B) incompetent or C) you don’t care. Either way, please, go away.
  • Don’t change the *&^% protocol that is flawlessly working.
  • The PI has a right and obligation to know what is going on in the lab.
  • We are not in a business of wishful thinking.
  • Don’t waste material, reagents or time.
  • Don’t be a slob – others will hate you, and it will get you fired.
  • We depend on each other – we all rise or fall together.