Things have been cranking in the lab now that the summer has begun. The undergraduates are getting settled in and everyone is in a take no prisoners mind set. This is good.
There is a lot not to like about this job, with it's long hours and endless ways to make you question your intelligence via a litany of creative sources of rejection. However, there are many things to like as well.
This is my list of what keeps me motivated. Your drivers may be different, but these are my Top Ten Rare Science Moments that allow me to take the money chase, service bullshit and repeated rejection, in stride.
10. Seeing undergraduates get engaged in the work they are doing in the lab.
9. When shiny new equipment gets delivered.
8. Having a grad student or postdoc run with an idea for all the right reasons.
7. Watching someone from the lab give a killer talk.
6. The day that large amounts of data become available (Data Christmas).
5. The excitement of a trainee when they find something really cool.
4. Manuscript acceptance notification.
3. When the data lead you to a simple and testable hypothesis with enormous implications.
2. When your hypothesis turns out to be correct.
1. Grant funding notification.
What would you add?