Author: Mireille Babineau

How to organize a small workshop in your department

In academia, we have to serve the community in many ways, e.g. by reviewing conference abstracts and journal articles (see previous post), editing conference proceedings, organizing colloquia/workshops/conferences, representing faculty members/students or scholarly bodies, etc. I mentioned in a previous post pthat the “management skills” section of your CV needs to be filled by the time you apply for competitive postdoc grants. Organizing a small workshop is a great...

What to do during your PhD to be competitive

Last year, Alya and I organized an Academic Skills Workshop in our department. This idea blossomed while we were writing up a lengthy postdoctoral grant proposal. We realized that certain sections of our CVs had been neglected. While talking to several PhD candidates and postdocs from different labs, we realized that a lot of them felt they lacked this kind of mentoring from their PI, their lab, or...

How to get a postdoc grant

I have my share of experience with PhD and postdoc scholarship/grant proposals. As a Canadian doing a postdoc in France, I’ve learned a lot about the evaluation process in both North-America and Europe. The standards are pretty much universal, with some grant proposals being more prestigious (and lengthy) than others. Be aware or beware: Your postdoc funding can come from either your future principal investigator (PI)’s grant or...

Being a parent in academia

I am an optimist. It seems peculiar to me that many view academia as incompatible with parenthood. Some senior researchers feel that it was easier to have it all back in the days, pointing out the fact that the bar to a position in academia has been rising rapidly. We all feel it from day one: there is a ubiquitous pressure to excel (publish, collaborate, have a brand,...