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  1. Developing a Research Trajectory Dr. Carmen Paniagua-Ramirez, EdD, RN, CPC, APRN, ACNP-BC

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Think about your Postdoc • Be aware of fellowship application deadlines (usually July) • NIH postdoctoral fellowships • NINR postdoctoral fellowships • Others postdoctoral fellowship

  11. 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!