Recently, I received an email from a graduate student in South Africa inquiring about my research interests. He wanted to know more about my Masters’ research, the relevance of my research and who I worked with. In my return response to him, I answered his questions, attached an appropriate paper that summarized my research and connected him with my Masters’ supervisor. He replied shortly after with a thank you email.
One of most important rules regarding correspondences is to always reply and do so promptly. Even if you do not know the answer, inform the other person that you are not sure of the answer and maybe direct him/her to someone who may know, or if determining an answer to a question will take a few days, let that other person know about the delay and that you’ll get back to them. Sometimes you may be the person who is awaiting a response and you are always appreciative when you receive it.
The Edmonton Science Outreach Network (ESON) is looking to hire a full-time program director until June 2011 (with a possibility for extension) who has a university science and/or education degree. This position involves developing creative and interactive science activities for kindergarten to grade 12 students, making school visits, assisting with the ESON’s volunteer program, working closely with science teachers, assisting with promotional materials and events, and some administrative duties such as record keeping and evaluations. In addition, this role also involves travelling throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas, public speaking and presentations, and some evening and weekend work related duties. Experience with the Alberta education system and science curriculum, volunteer management in the not-for-profit sector, and familiarity with Mircosoft Office and database management are valuable skills to have. The ESON is also looking for someone with a passion and creative outlook towards science and excellent communication skills for a wide range of age groups but who can also work independently. Cover letters and resumes can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on October 27th, 2010.
One of the most important networking philosophies is to keep in touch. When a close colleague moves away, it is not the end of the friendship. When a research collaboration or industrial partnership begins, making the connection successful requires that you keep in touch. Today, emails, Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn and online chatting make keeping in touch a lot easier. Or go a little further and invite colleagues and professional acquaintances to present in seminars, workshops and colloquia at your university.
The Connects Program, supported by Alberta Innovates Health Solution, sponsors various networking events, such as workshops, panel discussions and their annual Making Connections Conference, in an effort to connect health researchers across Alberta. For example, Alberta Innovates is hosting a panel discussion with experts in science communication. The speakers are Hanneke Brooymans who is an environmental reporter for the Edmonton Journal, Shannon Jones who is a communications advisor for the National Institute for Nanotechnology and Torah Kachur who is the co-founder of Science in Seconds. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Faculty Club (located on the University of Alberta campus). There is no fee to attend and lunch will be provided but please email email@example.com to register. There will be a second panel discussion with different speakers on Monday, October 25, 2010 at the University of Calgary (for more details, click here).
Mitacs is funding a program aimed at connecting postdoctoral fellows with the private sector in Ontario. The research must have relevance and importance to the private sector in Ontario but you do not need to have an industry sponsor to apply. In addition, the program includes training opportunities to help develop necessary professional skills, such as networking and communicating, that you will need in your career. To be eligible you must be a Canadian citizen with a completed PhD and must hold the award at an Ontario University. For more details, review Mitacs’ Elevate brochure and to apply, click here. The deadline is November 1, 2010.