By Jason Riley, PhD and Emily King, PhD
Welcome again to The NICHD Connection. This month's newsletter highlights "the other stuff," all of those things that go on a CV that aren't publications, but are perhaps just as important—they show that you are a well-rounded individual. Any fellows who have attended the wonderful workshops about CVs, interviews, and so on have been told how important these things are. In particular, the service part of a CV shows you can multi-task, help your organization, and still be a brilliant scientist.
Yet another activity is also quite important: networking — that elusive beast people always talk about. In this day and age, there will be a mountain of applications for every job; so how do you get your application on top of the pile? In the following true story, our very own committee member Dr. King gives a good example showing that networking can give an application the boost it needs:
I was a graduate student mentor at an undergraduate conference. One girl's presentation not only showed that she had a lot of promise but also that her interests would mesh well with my research group's. I tried to recruit her, only to find out that she had applied to my school's graduate program but hadn't heard anything yet. I mentioned her to my advisor, who in turn spoke to the head of the department. It ended up that the girl had a strong application that somehow had escaped notice. She is now a third-year Ph.D. student at my alma mater, but she would have had to settle for a weaker program if she hadn't attended that conference.
On a final note, the fellows committee sadly has been depleted by departures and workloads. Anyone looking to enhance the service section on their CV by helping out with a newsletter, event organizing, or just maintaining a website for us can please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.