Success in research and related fields requires proficiency in a large number of skills. Many of these are taught in graduate school, for example, how to think critically, develop hypotheses, conduct research, and interpret results.
However, developing into a successful professional requires much more than knowing the literature and conducting research. It involves finding a job, and often entails securing funding for your work, making presentations, publishing papers, teaching, managing projects and personnel, and behaving responsibly.
Without those skills, even the best researchers can find it hard to thrive. Nevertheless, graduate and postdoctoral programs in research provide little, if any, training in professional development. Consequently, many individuals acquire these professional skills through trial and error. We believe that approach is inefficient, at best. Thus, over the past 20 years, we’ve developed programs to address those needs.
We offer explicit training in professional development and the responsible conduct of research through group workshops and individual consultations. We also work with faculty and administrators who would like to implement this type of instruction at their institution.
For more information on our program, its components, and the rationale behind it, please see Fischer BA and Zigmond MJ. Promoting Responsible Conduct in Research through Survival Skills Workshops: Some Mentoring Is Best Done in a Crowd. Science and Engineering Ethics, 2001, 7:4, 563-587.