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  • Planning for the Future: Individual Development Plans

    • Sep 21, 2021

    Individual Development Plans (IDPs) help mentors and mentees create customized goals and draw a training map that allows them to measure success. Find out how an NIH representative, a program director, and a graduate student use IDPs to create opportunities for career success.

  • How to Be Your Best at Networking

    • Sep 16, 2021

    Networking is crucial to establishing and growing in your career. Whether you plan to work in academia your entire career or switch paths and work beyond the bench, your network is vital. Head to Neuronline for tips on building the best network.

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Mentoring Relationship

    • Sep 9, 2021

    The qualities of a good protégé include effective communication, trust, flexibility, patience, openness, optimism, and persistence. Check out these tips to get the most out of your mentorship.

  • Communicating Your Science to the Non Expert

    • Sep 2, 2021

    As a neuroscientist, your research could benefit all of humanity, yet it’s so hard to talk about with the very people who it could help.  Watch this Neuronline webinar for advice on talking about your research in a way that legislators, health advocates, reporters, and others can understand.

  • Creating Individual Development Plans: A How-To Guide

    • Sep 2, 2021

    Read tips on Neuronline to help you say yes or no with greater confidence and ease the next time you're approached to take on a project you don't have the capacity for.

  • Gentry Patrick on Building Pathways for Students to Find Their STEM Identities

    • Aug 4, 2021

    Gentry Patrick is the director of mentorship and diversity at the University of California at San Diego. In the interview, learn how he continues to educate others to use their platform as science educators to empower young scientists.

  • Conveying the Excitement of Scientific Discovery Through Fiction

    • Jul 26, 2021

    Now retired from a career in neuroscience, Nick Ingoglia has been working toward writing a novel that combines neuroscience research with the fictional lives of a diverse group of characters. In this interview, Ingoglia shares how he incorporates his research experience into his writing, what he hopes audiences take away from his novels, and tips for scientists looking to explore a writing career.

  • Breaking the Stigma: Neuroscientists Prioritizing Our Own Mental Health as a Community

    • Jul 14, 2021

    Poor mental health among academics and researchers has long been a problematic and pervasive issue but, until recently, it has largely been ignored or even denied. Watch this webinar that aims to destigmatize mental health struggles among SfN members, discuss the prevalence and manifestation of various mental illnesses among neuroscientists, and start the conversation about how we as a community can better support ourselves and each other.

  • Invigorate Your Advocacy Work

    • Jul 7, 2021

    Rachel Haake reflects on a year of advocacy, and shares guiding principles that kept her motivated, accountable, and effective in her work. Use these principles to enhance your advocacy. 

  • Four Ways Science Training Prepares Us as Writers

    • Jul 7, 2021

    Theanne Griffith has always been passionate about science and storytelling. Read about her decision to combine her decade as a scientist with her longstanding commitment to science education as a children’s book writer. 

  • Career Skills Toolkit: From PhD to Postdoc

    • Jun 28, 2021

    The right postdoc can help you gain key skills for the next step in your career. SfN has created a toolkit to help you strategically explore career options, develop relevant transferable skills, network with potential mentors, and negotiate the position right for you.

  • On Finding My Path and How You Can, Too

    • Jun 21, 2021

    Charles Yokoyama realized he could combine his writing and literature interests with science interests. Read how this inspired him to move to the journal editing field where I evaluated papers and manuscripts in many fields of science.

  • Inside a Career Built on Perseverance, Curiosity, and Seeking Opportunity

    • Jun 11, 2021

    Osvaldo Uchitel shares what it was like to conduct high quality science and rebuild a community of neuroscientists in Argentina despite a volatile political climate and scarce funding and scientific support.

  • Insights From an Editor: Choosing a Journal and Publishing Your Paper

    • Jun 3, 2021

    David Perkel —Senior Editor for JNeurosci from 2013–2019 — has acquired numerous insights into science publishing. Read his answers to commonly asked questions about the publishing process and shares advice applicable to neuroscientists at any career stage, whether you’re preparing to publish your first paper or looking to keep up with best practices.

  • Career Skills Toolkit: Transitioning Out of Your Postdoc

    • May 27, 2021

    To help you decide what’s next after you’ve completed your postdoc, SfN has created a toolkit guiding you through career options available to you. Learn about various opportunities within and outside of academia and how to evaluate each based on your skills, interests, and values.

  • Cynthia Chestek on Her Career Bridging Neuroscience and Electrical Engineering

    • May 20, 2021

    Cynthia Chestek uses brain-machine interfaces to discover how to allow movement of multiple fingers simultaneously following paralysis or amputation. In this interview she recounts the moment she knew she’d pursue a career in neuroscience, describes the rewards of that career, and looks to the future of neural interface technology, including neural networks. She also offers advice to women in engineering for a successful graduate education and career.

  • Managing to Manage Science

    • May 13, 2021

    Being the scientific manager in an academic institute or department, research foundation, nonprofit, or company comes with many challenges and opportunities.  Watch this webinar for the ability to identify ways to gain experience and knowledge to prepare for this career niche.

  • How to Publish for a Successful Academic Career

    • May 6, 2021

    Being a researcher is exciting and incredibly fulfilling. It can also be challenging, especially as funding, jobs in academia, and tenure are harder to secure.

  • How to Prepare for and Land an Academic Position

    • Apr 29, 2021

    Linda Porrino, a department chair at Wake Forest School of Medicine, reflects on what she looks for when hiring new faculty. If you’re considering an academic career now or in the future, read her advice on how to gain experience as a student, make a good impression in the interview, negotiate for what you need, and more.

  • Rewards and Challenges of a Faculty Career at a Teaching-Focused Institution

    • Apr 22, 2021

    Of all of the four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., relatively few are classified by the Carnegie Foundation as  high research activity schools. While research universities tend to be larger and have more faculty, the small number of them means that most faculty job opportunities are actually at teaching-focused institutions.