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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

what is math number
Tric Reply
x-2y+3z=-3 2x-y+z=7 -x+3y-z=6
Sidiki Reply
Need help solving this problem (2/7)^-2
Simone Reply
what is the coefficient of -4×
Mehri Reply
the operation * is x * y =x + y/ 1+(x × y) show if the operation is commutative if x × y is not equal to -1
Alfred Reply
An investment account was opened with an initial deposit of $9,600 and earns 7.4% interest, compounded continuously. How much will the account be worth after 15 years?
Kala Reply
lim x to infinity e^1-e^-1/log(1+x)
given eccentricity and a point find the equiation
Moses Reply
12, 17, 22.... 25th term
Alexandra Reply
12, 17, 22.... 25th term
College algebra is really hard?
Shirleen Reply
Absolutely, for me. My problems with math started in First grade...involving a nun Sister Anastasia, bad vision, talking & getting expelled from Catholic school. When it comes to math I just can't focus and all I can hear is our family silverware banging and clanging on the pink Formica table.
I'm 13 and I understand it great
I am 1 year old but I can do it! 1+1=2 proof very hard for me though.
Not really they are just easy concepts which can be understood if you have great basics. I am 14 I understood them easily.
find the 15th term of the geometric sequince whose first is 18 and last term of 387
Jerwin Reply
I know this work
The given of f(x=x-2. then what is the value of this f(3) 5f(x+1)
virgelyn Reply
hmm well what is the answer
If f(x) = x-2 then, f(3) when 5f(x+1) 5((3-2)+1) 5(1+1) 5(2) 10
how do they get the third part x = (32)5/4
kinnecy Reply
make 5/4 into a mixed number, make that a decimal, and then multiply 32 by the decimal 5/4 turns out to be
can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
Jeffrey Reply
sure. what is your question?
okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
I got X =-6
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
oops. ignore that.
so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
is it a question of log
I rally confuse this number And equations too I need exactly help
But this is not salma it's Faiza live in lousvile Ky I garbage this so I am going collage with JCTC that the of the collage thank you my friends
Commplementary angles
Idrissa Reply
im all ears I need to learn
right! what he said ⤴⤴⤴
greetings from Iran
salut. from Algeria
A soccer field is a rectangle 130 meters wide and 110 meters long. The coach asks players to run from one corner to the other corner diagonally across. What is that distance, to the nearest tenths place.
Kimberly Reply
Jeannette has $5 and $10 bills in her wallet. The number of fives is three more than six times the number of tens. Let t represent the number of tens. Write an expression for the number of fives.
August Reply
What is the expressiin for seven less than four times the number of nickels
Leonardo Reply
How do i figure this problem out.
how do you translate this in Algebraic Expressions
linda Reply
why surface tension is zero at critical temperature
I think if critical temperature denote high temperature then a liquid stats boils that time the water stats to evaporate so some moles of h2o to up and due to high temp the bonding break they have low density so it can be a reason
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
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