Working Effectively with
Research Students
Tessa Hill and Eric Peterson
Working effectively with research students:
Outline
 Working with students – general thoughts
 Writing guidelines for yo...
Working with students
modified from R. Allen-King and other Cutting Edge
resources
 Ask about & respect their goals
 Spe...
Guidelines for students:
Common Themes
 What can the student expect of the mentor?
 What does the mentor expect of the s...
Guidelines for students:
Common Themes
 Time management/ time commitment
 Structure of meetings with advisor, committee,...
Guidelines for students
 What are the most important priorities/values that you
want to convey to students as they enter ...
Time management with the Important/Urgent Matrix
(popularized by Steven Covey, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”) Note...
Plan with your students – thesis timeline
PhD comics – motivation
timeline
Goal setting: A necessary skill
(for you and students)
 Set reasonable, achievable goals
 Think long term (summer, semes...
What is your goal for research with
students in your lab?
 Long term (1-3 years)
 Short term (1-12 months)
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  1. 1. Working Effectively with Research Students Tessa Hill and Eric Peterson
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. Plan with your students – thesis timeline
  9. 9. PhD comics – motivation timeline
  10. 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. 11. What is your goal for research with students in your lab?  Long term (1-3 years)  Short term (1-12 months)
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