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Developing a Research Trajectory Dr. Carmen Paniagua-Ramirez, EdD, RN, CPC, APRN, ACNP-BC Profile of a research scientist Need to focus on results Need not be a University medalist! Need skills, passion and luck Need to plan ahead Skills Good sense of observation Multi-tasking

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developing a research trajectory

Developing a Research Trajectory

Dr. Carmen Paniagua-Ramirez, EdD, RN, CPC, APRN, ACNP-BC

profile of a research scientist
Profile of a research scientist
  • Need to focus on results
  • Need not be a University medalist!
  • Need skills, passion

and luck

  • Need to plan ahead
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Skills

Good sense of observation

Multi-tasking

Logical thinking

Creativity

Ability to think laterally

Ability to read and write

Ability to communicate

Profile of a research scientist

A different lens

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Profile of a research scientist
  • Passion
    • Love research, exploration of unknown
    • Dedicated and perseverant
    • Enthusiasm
    • Ready to make sacrifice in life
    • But also know when to draw the line
    • Don’t get burned out!
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Profile of a research scientist
  • Luck
    • It helps if you make a breakthrough early in your career
    • It could happen any time

In a war between researchers and the others

choice of the mentor
Choice of the mentor
  • Choose a mentor with a good reputation
  • You may be judged by your affiliations
  • But don’t remain in the shadow of your mentor
  • Maintain good relationship with your mentor
  • A good mentor will recognize your talents
  • A good mentor will let you take initiatives
  • A good mentor will nurture you
build up a cv
Build up a CV
  • Start early
  • Collect prizes, awards
  • Publish first author papers
  • Publish in good journals
  • Attend conferences
  • Apply for travel funds
  • Write grants

A share enterprise to build knowledge

make yourself known
Make yourself known
  • Don’t be shy but pro-active
  • Present your work at meetings
  • Oral presentations are important
    • But they have to be transform into publication
  • Interact, ask questions
  • Be first author on papers
think about your postdoc
This is where your research career takes off, make strategic choices

Start to think about your postdoc early

Leave the institution where you did your PhD/EdD

Find other opportunities

Get a postdoctoral fellowship, it will give you freedom and independence and will set you on a path

Think about your Postdoc

An opportunity for grow

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Think about your Postdoc
  • Be aware of fellowship application deadlines (usually July)
  • NIH postdoctoral fellowships
  • NINR postdoctoral fellowships
  • Others postdoctoral fellowship
remember
Remember
  • Skills, Passion and Luck
  • Maintain good relationship with mentor
  • Build up a CV
  • Make yourself known in your field
  • Plan your postdoc early

Good luck!