As a trainee in science, one of the most important areas on which to get feedback is your research and research plan. But it can be intimidating or anxiety-producing to talk to your mentor about your science. Whether it’s because you feel lost and unsure of what you are doing, your experiments aren’t going well, or you think your mentor isn’t interested or doesn’t have time for you, the process of talking to your mentor about your research can seem very daunting. Not to worry. In this live Q&A, our expert panelists will address the common challenges that trainees face when talking to their mentors about their science, and how to overcome them. Bring your questions and find out how to make this conversation with your mentor as productive as possible.
WHEN: November 6, 2017
TIME: 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.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. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #iBioCourses.
Developing a scientific question is an essential first step in doing research. A well-formulated question focuses your research and guides your experimental approach. Join for this live Q&A where panelists will offer practical strategies and advice on developing a research question that is specific, meaningful, and feasible. Panelists will discuss some fundamental characteristics of a good scientific question and important points to consider as you contemplate what you want to study or, if you already started a project, how you want to move it forward.
WHEN: June 14, 2017
TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT
WATCH: Visit https://youtu.be/JACQ7eeFn7g during the event time to tune in live.
This live Q&A is hosted in collaboration with iBiology.
Angela DePace is an Associate Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Her group is broadly interested in the evolution of transcriptional networks in animals. Whole genome sequencing for a wide variety of organisms has shown that across taxa, the set of protein coding genes is remarkably similar. Her work aims to understand how this common genetic toolkit, in combination with its transcriptional network, can generate organismal diversity. She is also committed to helping scientists communicate effectively. She co-developed and co-teaches a popular Science Communication course at Harvard Medical School. She is also a co-author on the highly regarded book Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and biophysics from Yale University and then moved on to earn her Ph.D. specializing in biochemistry from University of California, San Francisco.
Ryan Hernandez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He studies patterns of genetic variation in modern day populations to gain insights into their evolutionary history. His focus is on the development of population genetic models that can best explain observed data, with the goal of understanding the genetic basis for complex traits. His interests span basic population genetics, human disease genetics, and host-pathogen interactions. His scientific approach tends to be highly computational, often involving a thorough analysis of detailed simulations. He earned his bachelor’s at Pitzer College and then moved on to earn his Master’s and Ph.D. in Biometry at Cornell University.
Indira Raman is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Northwestern University, where she holds the Bill and Gayle Cook Chair in Biology and held Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence. Her research is in the areas of ion channel biophysics, synaptic transmission, and cerebellar physiology and she is the recipient of a Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from NINDS. She has served on several NIH committees including NINDS Council, and has been a reviewing editor for three journals. Essays in which she has expressed her perspectives on scientific research and training have been published in Neuron and eLife.
The National Research Mentoring Network continues to work with scientific society partners to organize and produce webinars and online events for members from across career stages in biomedical research. Read on to learn about a just a few of the online NRMN events in store for the year 2017 (more to be announced!).
January 24th – Building Your Own Research Program hosted by iBiology
The main goal of this Hangout is to discuss strategies to help trainees interested in becoming principal investigators (PIs) build their own research programs. The primary audience for this Q&A is postdocs, but the discussion will also touch upon what graduate students can do to make sure they are on track to eventually make the leap to research independence.
The intended audience for the Hangout are primarily postdocs and senior graduate students.
March 8th – Helping Hands: Finding and Maintaining Mentorships within the Biophysical Community hosted by the Biophysical Society
In celebration of Biophysics Week, join the Biophysical Society and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) for this special webinar that will discuss the key role mentoring plays in helping scientists advance at all levels of their career, the challenges and importance of finding a mentor within the biophysical community, the role of mentoring in advancing opportunities for underrepresented scientists, as well as the opportunities to become or find a mentor through NRMN.
Guests for this webinar include, Dr. Harlan Jones, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Dr. Haribabu Arthanari, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jody Puglisi, Stanford University, and Dr. Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Bay Path University.
Starting in March: The Grad School Application Process with the AAMC GREAT Group
Join NRMN and the AAMC GREAT Group for a second season of this webinar series that explores what undergraduate students and their advisors should know about approaching the grad school application process. This year’s webisodes will include (exact dates to be announced later this year):
March – *NEW* Advice for Advisors – The series will begin with a special episode geared at advisors of undergraduate students, who are encouraged to invite their students to tune in for the subsequent sessions.
Late May/early June – Grad School Application Timeline & Tips
September – The Personal Statement
November – The Interview Process
Spring (date TBD) Scientific Storytelling and the Grant Proposal Drafting Process
NRMN Principal Investigator Rafael Luna, PhD, reviews the art of Scientific Storytelling, and discusses how to apply these principles to one’s approach to writing grant proposals.
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Conferences are a key part of science. We attend them to hear about other people’s work and present our own, discuss new ideas, and network. Scientific conferences are also important stepping-stones in the career development of trainees. In this live Q&A, presented by iBiology in collaboration with National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), panelists Dr. Manu Platt, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Chair for Graduate Admission and Recruiting, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Dr. Maritza Salazar, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Claremont Graduate University, and Dr. Ahna Skop, Associate Professor in Genetics at University of Wisconsin-Madison, offer practical advice and share their experiences getting the most out of a conference to help you advance your career.
Originally aired Thursday July 21, 2016.
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Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, PhD
iBiology and Ciencia Puerto Rico
Program Manager and Vice-Director
Mentor Networking Core, National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
Dr. Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer is the Science Outreach Program Manager for iBiology, an UCSF-based non-profit organization that produces free educational online videos featuring the world’s leading biologists. She is also the vice-director and news editor-in-chief of Ciencia Puerto Rico, an organization leveraging social networks to engage Hispanic scientists in culturally-relevant science communication and education. A scientist-turned-communicator, Mónica uses contextually-relevant and experiential-based lessons to make science and scientific role models accessible to underserved audiences. Mónica earned her B.S. in Human Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón, and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology at Harvard University. She is a former graduate research fellow from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in 2013 she won the COPUS Paul Shin Memorial Award (2013) for her efforts to increase public understanding of science among Hispanic audiences. Her work has been featured on international media outlets, such as Univisión, VOXXI, and Scientific American among others.