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Tricia Striano Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize

26 Apr

GRANT SECTIONS

Writing for science

22 Apr

One thing you will have to do as a research group leader is rewrite papers. Most will not know how long this takes.  It is also an important skill for research methods.  Let’s look at a sentence that I had to rewrite today… How would you re-write it. What jumps out to you? 

We also predicted that whether infants process names from the first phoneme, as suggested by some behavioral measurements [21], then a difference in the very early ERP time course should be found. 

Top 2 weekly time wasters!

18 Apr

THIS IS A BIT OF A FOLLOW UP FROM THE TALK I GAVE AT GAIN WORKSHOP: MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE: BECOMING A YOUNG INVESTIGATOR IN GERMANY. ONCE YOU GET TO GERMANY AND WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR MILLION EURO PRIZE YOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT. ONE WAY TO MANAGE TIME IS NOT TO LOSE TIME.  DELETE MAILS (AND DON’T BLOG ABOUT THEM!). DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO!!! 

WHO WOULD RESPOND TO SUCH EMAILS?  CERTAINLY NOT A TOP RESEARCHER LIKE YOURSELF! LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE EMAILS FROM THIS WEEK…. 

Professor,

Would you be available for interview regarding mentoring in the upcoming weeks? Please let me know at your earliest convienence. Thank you.

Sincerely,
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DO YOU EVEN KNOW MY NAME? WHO ARE YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? DID YOU DO SPELL CHECK?  CONVENIENCE  IS SPELLED WRONG… SO FAR YOU’RE NOTHING BUT A TW (Time Waster).

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Dear Dr. Striano,

I am a psychology major in the XXXXXXXXXX , aspiring to become an elementary school psychologist. Considering the critical role early development plays in all aspects of life, I was interested in participating as a research assistant in your Infancy Research lab. Unfortunately, I read that a six month commitment is required. I am pregnant and due in August, so a commitment of that length at this time would not be possible. However, I was considering volunteering my child as a participant once he is born. I would appreciate meeting with you to discuss this possibility, and perhaps any other ways I may be able to volunteer.

Thank you for your consideration,
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IS THERE ANY INDICATION HERE THAT YOU READ MY PAPERS?  THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE RESEARCH THAT MY LAB IS DOING?  SO, YOU WANT TO WORK IN MY LAB BUT CAN’T EVEN COMMIT TO 6 MONTHS?  I SHOULD TAKE YOU ON BECAUSE YOU HAVE A CHILD?  I’M ALREADY GETTING EXCUSES BEFORE THE START DATE… NO WAY… NO WAY… DON’T GO BACK AND READ IT AGAIN… JUST PRESS DELETE!   SO YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH ME SO THAT YOU CAN EXPLAIN AHEAD OF TIME WHY YOU CANT DO THE WORK? OR MAYBE YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK FROM HOME? YOU WANT AN EXCEPTION?  YOU EXPECT TO HAVE A BABY AND TIME TO DO YOUR CLASSES AND TIME TO COMMIT TO MY LAB…  DON’T CHANGE YOUR RULES.. DON’T LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS.. TO BE A TOP RESEARCHER IN GERMANY (OR IN US) YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE QUICK DECISIONS AND STICK WITH THEM. MY DECISION HERE: NO.

How to get a grant for research in Germany

18 Apr

*  Have a good question.  Show your passion. If I had a million euros and 100 people were writing a grant to obtain it- WHY SHOULD IT BE GIVEN TO YOU?  Show me why I should invest in you. WHY should I trust you?  Show me some pilot data.  SHow me that you have an idea what your team will look like.  WHy is this the right team? How do they qualify and why are they all essential?   What is the attack plan.

How does the University benefit from you? How do you benefit from the University?  What is the future of the collaboration?

MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE: BECOMING A YOUNG INVESTIGATOR IN GERMANY

18 Apr

I really enjoyed my talk today at the Goethe Institute in Washington DC!  The talk was for a GAIN Workshop. GAIN is a joint initiative of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and associated members, including the German Rectors’ Conference, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society.

I met so many outstanding young researchers and appreciated their excellent questions.  I love to share my experience of the 7 years that I spent in Leipzig Germany. I talked about my experiences as Junior Research Group Leader of the Cultural Ontogeny Group (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and then highlighted the great years I spent as the Head of the Neurocognition & Development group with the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Please feel free to continue the discussion here.  Also I will post my talk in the next week.  Alles Gute!

Don’t forget:  Use code “Humboldt50” at drstriano.com and 50 percent of proceeds go to the American Friends of Alexander von Humboldt Society.  (coupon valid until June 2010 but new ones will be posted as well). I can’t think of a better way to show my admiration of the Humboldt Foundation!