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Keynote presentation presented by Mikki Hebl at the 2010 NSF ADVANCE Workshop: Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position, A Workshop for Underrepresented PhDs and Postdocs in Science, Engineering and Psychology September 19-21, 2010


Career Information (591)

Required Reading (158)

Finding Employment (908)

The Big Picture (464)

Graduate School (573)

Postdocs (427)

Undergraduate Research (24)

Suggested reading

Silvia, P. (2007). How to Write a lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. American Psychological Association

Darley, J. M., Zanna, M. P.,&Roediger III, H. L. (2003). The compleat academic: A career guide. 2 nd edition. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Psyc 660: Professional Development - “survival skills” are discussed, including the ability to communicate effectively, to find and keep a job, to secure funding, publish, teach, and behave responsibly.

 a cartoon of two people with the caption I've tried to be passionate about my career, but my career just wants to be good friends underneath.

Why i love my job in academia

a scientist holding a test tube
  • Inquiry
  • Mentoring Students
  • Bright Colleagues
  • Beautiful Workplace
  • Eventual Job Security
  • Absence of Monotonity
  • Flexibility

Top two reasons that other people love academia

a woman looking through a microscope



Will you also love academia?

  • What are your fears and concerns about this career?
  • Please indicate on the note cards 2-3 things that you fear about a career in academia.

Potential fears

  • Getting a Job; Getting the “Right” Job
  • “Publish or Perish” Pressures; Grants
  • Tenure Pressures; Ambiguities
  • New Ideas; Null Effects
  • Balancing Work and Family
  • Deciding if/when to Have Children
  • Tokenism, Discrimination, Lack of Female Role Models

a woman holding her head
a woman holding her head
a woman holding her head

What do women scientists say about fear?

a woman holding an antique compass
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

“[W]e must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed. “
“The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half its people if we are to solve the many problems that beset us.”

- Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (1921 - ) U.S. Medical Physicist 2nd woman to win Nobel Prize in Medicine, ‘77

Marie Curie

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

- Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish-French chemist Won Nobel Prize twice

Barbara McClintock

“If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off. . . no matter what they say.”

- Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) U.S. Scientist Discovered “Jumping genes” Nobel Prize winner ‘83

Grace Murray Hopper
Grace Murray Hopper in uniform

“A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.”

Grace Murray Hopper 1906-1992 U.S. Military Leader Mathematician Educator Co-inventor of COBOL language Coined the term computer “bug”

Maria Mitchell

“When we are chafed and fretted by small cares, a look at the stars will show us the littleness of our own interests.”

Maria Mitchell 1818-1889 U.S. Astronomer, Educator Discovered a comet in 1847 1st woman elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ellen Swallow Richards

They are so afraid we shall break down, and you know the reputation of the college is at stake, for the question is, can girls get a college degree without injuring their health.

Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911) First woman to earn a B.A. in chemistry.

Rachel Carson

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”

- Rachel Carson (1907-1964) U.S. Biologist

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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