Live Q&A: How to Discuss Your Research Plan With a Mentor
As a trainee in science, one of the most important areas on which to get feedback is on your research plan. (Here we mean your overall project plan, not the to-do list for the next couple of weeks of lab work.) No matter where you are in your project--just starting to design a research question, or already years into your project--getting constructive criticism from your mentor on your direction, approach, and expected outcomes can make the difference between making progress and complete stagnation. But, it’s not always easy to have these conversations. For example, you might need to focus on what is not working, or you might need to ask for additional resources. In this Q&A panelists will discuss ways to make this conversation with your mentor about your research plan as productive as possible.
WHEN: June 26, 2017
TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT
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This live Q&A is part of the iBiology Courses “Planning Your Scientific Journey” course, but anyone, not just course participants, are welcome to attend the Q&A. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #iBioCourses.
Cynthia Fuhrmann is Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She founded and directs the Center for Biomedical Career Development, dedicated to taking a scholarly approach to enhancing the professional development of scientists. Prior to transitioning to UMass Medical School, Fuhrmann founded the Preparing Future Faculty program and oversaw professional skills programs for biomedical scientists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She co-authored myIDP, an interactive career-planning website hosted by Science Careers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has been a proponent of integrating career development into graduate and postdoctoral training and has published work cited in reports by the National Institutes of Health, Council of Graduate Schools, Science, Nature Careers, Inside Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from University of California, Davis and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from UCSF.
Rick McGee is currently the Associate Dean for Professional Development at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he is responsible for assisting the transition of junior faculty as they initiate their independent research careers. Prior to joining Northwestern, his career gradually evolved from being a traditional faculty laboratory scientist to one of leading and designing research training for PhD and MD/PhD students. Throughout his career, he has had a particular focus on designing new approaches to increasing diversity among life science researchers. Over the past 15 years, his research interests have moved from laboratory research to social science research, studying how young scientists develop and make career choices. These studies have also included a deeper look at mentoring as a talent development system, and creating novel group-coaching models to complement traditional research mentoring. Since 2014, he has been part of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), focusing on the expansion of a highly effective grant-writing coaching group design, and helping to create and test novel Culturally Aware Mentorship workshops.