Navigating Academic Waters: Essential Skills to Thrive as a Student and Early Career Scientist

Panel 1 - September 25, 2020 - You Do(n't) Belong: Let's Talk About Imposter Syndrome


Have you ever felt that you don’t belong in your research group or that someone made a mistake accepting you into graduate school? Do you worry that you will say or do something wrong and everyone will realize that you are a fraud? If so, you are not alone! You might be suffering from impostor syndrome, as everyone else does to some extent. Join us for a cyberseminar where we will discuss the pervasiveness of this phenomenon. In this webinar, the panelists will share their relationships with impostor syndrome - the root causes, how they deal with it, etc. - and as a group we will discuss how the scientific community can work to overcome this widespread issue in future generations of scientists. Join us for a community conversation to deconstruct this pervasive phenomenon so you can start trying to shake off impostor syndrome. You do belong!

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Panel 2: November 13, 2020 - Improving Professional Relationships for a Better, Healthier Academic Experience


As students or early career professionals, sometimes it feels like the only constant in our lives is that our environments are always changing. Between joining a lab for grad school, getting to know advisors and lab mates, developing new collaborations, or moving to a new city to start the perfect job, we are always meeting new people and building professional relationships. While we hope that all these relationships will be collegial and positive, that isn’t always the case. Tension or anxiety can arise from conversations about work hours, authorship, job expectations, or career goals. Then there are the necessary yet sensitive topics like mental health, finances, and personal relationships. In this webinar, our panel will discuss how to have these difficult yet important conversations, develop professional relationships in academia, and handle potentially challenging relationships with advisors or colleagues. Panelists spanning a range of career stages will share their experiences, from students who are actively navigating academic relationships to professionals who are well-practiced in interpersonal communication.

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