Academic vs. Government Research: From the Eye of One Beholder

Eric Y. Wong, Ph.D
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When someone asks "which is better: academic or government research?" the answer is usually "it depends." However, I imagine that if the question was posed to doctoral candidates in the life or biomedical sciences, the majority would likely respond that academia would serve them better than any other career path. When asked to describe their thoughts about government research, they might respond that the facilities are not as glamorous or ...