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Managing Your Relationship with Your Supervisor & Making the Most of a Postdoc

On June 24, 2010, we held two events at Washington University in St Louis: How to Have a Successful Postdoc Experience and Managing Your Relationship With Your Supervisor.


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Event Summary

How to Have a Successful Postdoc Experience

A career in science involves more than just research skills. In addition to research, successful scientists might manage a lab, develop a network of colleagues, and write successful grants all while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. During this workshop, we discussed how to make the most of your postdoc experience to prepare for the next stage of your career. Among other things, the workshop addressed setting goals and expectations for your postdoc, ways to build professional relationships, and developing skills for your future career.

Managing Your Relationship with Your Supervisor

In this presentation, we presented strategies for grad students and postdocs to use in order to best manage their relationships with their supervisors. This included advice on choosing a postdoc position, establishing goals and expectations with your adviser, day-to-day communication techniques, and what to do when problems arise. The session concluded with a discussion of case studies based on questions posted on the Science Careers Forum.

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