I’m excited to announce my participation in the “Professors for the Future” program at UC Davis for the 2013-14 academic year. I was selected as a fellow following faculty nomination, a written application and interview process. Here’s a bit more about the program:
Professors for the Future (PFTF) is a year-long competitive fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service. This unique program sponsored by Graduate Studies focuses on the future challenges of graduate education, postdoctoral training, and the academy. Professors for the Future is designed to prepare UC Davis doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars for an increasingly competitive marketplace and a rapidly changing university environment.
As part of PFTF, I’ll be also be completing a project I designed, entitled “Enhancing the early-career experience by building a cohesive social media community at UC Davis“. Here’s a project summary:
“New media” tools are being increasingly recognized as critical devices for facilitating career advancement and promoting efficiency in scientific research. However, many early-career scientists are unaware of the professional benefits that can result from using web resources and social media platforms. Even researchers who have dabbled in online interactions often feel overwhelmed, and find themselves unable to sustain long-term and meaningful use of web-based tools.I believe that culture (campus culture as well as that within one’s scientific discipline) and time constraints are significant factors hindering the wider adoption of social media tools and online resources amongst scientists. For my PFTF project at UC Davis, I propose a new community-based approach to promote training and adoption of online activities carried out in a professional context. The project will consist of two workshops (Fall and Spring quarters) that provide conceptual overviews as well as hands-on training and experimentation with different online tools (Twitter, WordPress blogs, RSS feeds, LinkedIn, online lab notebooks, etc.). Workshops will be supplemented by “Tweetups” (networking events that enable online users to socialize with each other in real life) that complement and extend the goals of the formal training workshops. Finally, I will amalgamate online resources and document this project through a series of posts on my professional blog (Eukaryotic Ebullience – http://eukaryoticebullience.blogspot.com) as well as via Twitter discussions, thereby promoting coalescence of a unified online community for UC Davis researchers.
More information about the PFTF program (including other past and present fellows and their projects) is available on the UC Davis program website.