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  • 1. Working Effectively with Research Students Tessa Hill and Eric Peterson
  • 2. Working effectively with research students: Outline  Working with students – general thoughts  Writing guidelines for your lab group  Three skills to work on with students  Teaching time management  Sketch a thesis/project timeline  Goal setting
  • 3. Working with students modified from R. Allen-King and other Cutting Edge resources  Ask about & respect their goals  Spend quality time – in lab or field  Have a weekly check-in, discuss expectations regularly  Define student topics carefully and together  Help students manage their projects (provide a lab notebook, guide them on goal setting and time management)  Keep a library of materials/books they they can check out about scientific careers, writing, teaching, etc.  Find ways to merge teaching and research (how efficient!)  Help them identify avenues of support – writing groups, lab partners, help in the field  Provide a lab “community”  Fairly critique students progress  Celebrate accomplishments! https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/ear lycareer/research/students.html
  • 4. Guidelines for students: Common Themes  What can the student expect of the mentor?  What does the mentor expect of the student?  This is not a contract; in can be flexible and adapt over time  See examples provided…
  • 5. Guidelines for students: Common Themes  Time management/ time commitment  Structure of meetings with advisor, committee, lab group  Lab rules and safety  Differing schedules between faculty, staff, students  Finding funding for research  Intellectual property
  • 6. Guidelines for students  What are the most important priorities/values that you want to convey to students as they enter your lab?  What kind of laboratory “culture” are you striving to achieve?  What is your goal for research with students in your lab?
  • 7. Time management with the Important/Urgent Matrix (popularized by Steven Covey, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”) Note there are “apps” for this now, that manage to-do lists in a similar manner
  • 8. Plan with your students – thesis timeline
  • 9. PhD comics – motivation timeline
  • 10. Goal setting: A necessary skill (for you and students)  Set reasonable, achievable goals  Think long term (summer, semester, year) and then partition down to small bites (weeks, month)  Discuss long term goals with students, ~once per year  Discuss short term goals at each group meeting  Think about how your students goals fit into YOUR short and long term goals (including tenure, promotion, productivity, etc.)
  • 11. What is your goal for research with students in your lab?  Long term (1-3 years)  Short term (1-12 months)