Survival Skills for Scientists seminar on August 17

By Nicole Poletto, Professional Development Peer
Thursday, August 10, 2017 4:14 PM

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is hosting a special professional development seminar next week on survival skills for scientists. Professor Federico Rosei will be visiting from INRS-EMT (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Énergie, Matériaux, Télécommunications) in Québec, Canada and is offering a summary of his graduate course detailing the professional skills needed ​for careers in Science. 

Survival Skills for Scientists
Thursday, August 17
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Elings Hall, Room 1601
*No RSVP required*

Abstract: In this lecture, I will try to convey a feeling for our graduate course on "Survival Skills for Scientists." In this course, we give basic advice and offer mentorship to our graduate students and post-docs. The central theme of this presentation is that succeeding in Science requires skills (often referred to as ‘soft professional skills’) beyond those needed for Science. The lecture aims at giving basic guidance and mentoring to young scientists (typically first-year graduate students). The main topics are:

  • The job market for graduates in science and engineering (industry, national labs and academia; advantages and disadvantages)
  • Funding in modern science
  • Publish or perish; publishing quality papers, having an impact
  • Presenting your work to your peers
  • The fundamental laws of ‘scientific survival’ (know yourself, plan ahead, and play chess)
  • Ethics in modern science
  • Alternative careers

Questions? Contact Arica Lubin. Hope to see you there!