HandshakeModern science is built on collaborations and it is no doubt that successful collaborations enrich the scientific process. If you look at recent scientific breakthroughs, such as the creation of the HPV vaccine, identification of the virus causing SARS, or detection of gravitational waves, almost all of them are the results of international collaborations. We discuss how to set up successful scientific collaborations, which includes assessing collaborator’s personality style and setting up ground rules of the collaboration. Finally, we discuss the two most important factors of collaboration – communication and trust.

Published in Career Planning
Monday, 23 May 2016 10:01

Elevator Pitches 101

In this article of Microbe Mentor, we address the topic of elevator pitches; what are they? When do you use them? How do you prepare and execute an elevator pitch? Read what recommendations Dr. Shilpa Gadwal, Career Advancement Fellow at the American Society for Microbiology, has for elevator pitches when attending conferences and meetings.

Published in Career Planning
Friday, 15 April 2016 09:21

Networking in Microbiology

You’ve heard it several times: the graduate student in Dr. Krebs’s lab who made a significant finding with a newly acquired collaborator and published a groundbreaking paper; or Lisa, who started a blog after she met Steve, a program coordinator in science communication, while in circuit training class. Networking creates new opportunities and therefore it’s very important to your research and your overall career.

So, how does one network in the field of microbiology? To learn more about this, Microbe Mentor reached out to microbiologists to ask for their one piece of advice for networking. The main take-away: do not limit your network to the people in your field. 

Published in Career Planning