Mentorship for Young Scientists: Developing Scientific Survival Skills

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 noon to 1 p.m.

In this lecture, I will try to convey a feeling for our course on “Survival Skills for Scientists”. This is a graduate course designed and developed in my department, in which we give basic advice and offer mentorship to our graduate students and post-docs. The central theme of this presentation is that succeeding in Science requires skills (often referred to as ‘soft professional skills’) beyond those needed for Science. The lecture aims at giving basic guidance and mentoring to young scientists (typically science and engineering undergraduate and first year graduate students. The main topics are: The job market for graduates in science and engineering (industry, national labs and academia; advantages and disadvantages), funding in modern science, publish or perish; publishing quality papers, having an impact, presenting your work to your peers, the fundamental laws of 'scientific survival' (know yourself, plan ahead, and play chess), ethics in modern science, and alternative careers.

Bio: Federico Rosei received MSc (1996) and PhD (2001) degrees from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He held the Canada Research Chair (Junior) in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials (2003–2013) and since May 2016 he holds the Canada Research Chair (Senior) in Nanostructured Materials. He is Professor at the Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Varennes (QC) Canada, where he served as Director from July 2011 to March 2019. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage.

Dr. Rosei’s research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when grown on suitable substrates. He has extensive experience in fabricating, processing and characterizing inorganic, organic and biocompatible nanomaterials.

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