Academic research can be intense, stimulating, and rewarding. But it is important to know that a research career involves many activities besides research. Scientists spend their time writing applications for funding to do research, as well as writing scientific papers to report the findings of their research. In addition, they spend time presenting their research in oral or poster form to other scientists at group meetings, institutional meetings, and scientific conferences; they also spend time teaching students about their field of study. A scientist’s life is often full of tasks that need to be done and most scientists work very hard, but they also love what they do.