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  December 2012  |  Volume 3, Issue 7
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From Vice President Philip Boudjouk and all the RCATT staff members—

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Tips Offered for Research Careers


Based on many years of experience as a faculty member and administrator, Vice President for Research Philip Boudjouk offered advice to newer researchers at a fall Gear-Up-for-Grants seminar.

Dr. Boudjouk compared leading successful research to running a business, indicating that similar leadership and management skills are necessary. Creativity and good science aren't all that's needed. A research program also requires expert management of people and funding. And one of the most daunting challenges for beginning investigators is time management. "Great Science + Bad Management = Bad Science," he summarized.

He acknowledged the demands on new faculty, with not just research but also teaching, committees, and service along with learning policies and procedures and adapting to the university. However, he indicated that the best teachers are often the best researchers as well. Teaching brings new energy to one's research and provides opportunities to meet students who may be interested in your research. "Empowering your students to become successful is the most important product of your teaching and research efforts," he added.

Dr. Boudjouk also stressed the importance of data management and keeping good detailed laboratory notebooks. As academic scientists engage in more collaborations with industry, proper recording of laboratory activities and managing the volumes of data produced are becoming increasingly important. This can also prove important if it becomes necessary to establish ownership of intellectual property or to negate scientific misconduct.

Dr. Boudjouk advised seeking mentors for yourself, as well as serving as a mentor for others. As a mentor, one is exposed to the trainee's enthusiasm and ideas, and the trainee receives the guidance and encouragement necessary for professional development.

Portions of Vice President Boudjouk's presentation were based on "Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty" produced by Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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