Adriana Bankston

Adriana Bankston

Adriana Bankston is Associate Director of Fundraising and Strategic Initiatives at Future of Research (FoR), a nonprofit organization with a mission to champion, engage and empower early career scientists with evidence-based resources to improve the scientific research endeavor. She can be reached via LinkedIn or on Twitter.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:26

Redefined by Academia and Parenthood

We share insights from someone who was a mom and transitioning out of academia. She shares her story on how she found her career passion and what being a mom while pursuing her career goals was like. She hopes her story can inspire others to redefine their own identities and to share their experiences towards increasing transparency about academia and parenthood.

Dr. Kenneth Gibbs is director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program and program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at NIH’s NIGMS. He was previously a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. His impressive career has been guided by the desire to change the culture of science to enhance opportunities for all -- with a particular focus on people from historically underrepresented groups. In this interview with Dr. Gibbs, we learn how he made the transition to science policy.

Dr. Valerie Horsley always knew she wanted to teach and later became interested in research. Her passion led her to become an Associate Professor at Yale University. Although her scientific contributions are stellar, she really shines when it comes to equality and mentoring in academia. Read her tips to navigating academia and mentoring students in the lab. 

The success of an academic researcher and career progression depends on quantifiable metrics like the number of grants, publications, presentations, posters, etc. However, researchers also engage in many other, less tangible activities that are critical to academic success, such as mentoring people, reviewing papers and grants, serving on committees, etc. However, these activities constitute only a small part of a researcher’s application for career advancement. As a consequence, participating in these activities is not rewarded properly in academia. What general solutions might exist to better value and reward these activities in academia? Read our blog for suggestions.

Many trainees are transitioning into non-research careers. Navigating this transition can be tricky, as the available resources are still scarce and fairly inconsistent. Dr. Josh Henkin, founder of STEM Career Services, gave a workshop at the 2017 AAAS meeting titled “Transitioning into a Non-Academic Career.” The workshop explored the skills and best practices for trainees to transition out of academia. We highlight the main points from the session.

Are you interested in science policy? Dr. Kate Stoll, a Senior Policy Advisor, shares her career path, what she does in her current position, and how to be competitive for science policy. In her current role, she bridges researchers and policy-makers by creating policy-relevant reports that are shared with the government. 

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