Growing up in science: a conversation series



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Have you ever wondered what your advisor struggled with as a graduate student? What they struggle with now? Growing up in science is a conversation series at New York University that is not about science, but about becoming and being a scientist.

At each event, one faculty member shares their life story, with a focus on struggles, failures, insecurities, doubts, detours, and weaknesses. Common topics include dealing with expectations (your own and others), impostor syndrome, procrastination, the role of luck, rejection, and conflicts with advisors, but these topics are always embedded in the speaker's broader narrative. We also occasionally invite speakers who left academia - e.g. an editor, a screenwriter, and data scientists.

Growing up in Science was started in 2014 by professors Wei Ji Ma and Cristina Alberini, and has been managed by Ma. Please contact him if you have questions or comments ( Wei Ji Ma is also available to moderate one-time Growing up in Science events at other institutions, and to consult on setting up your own series.

Join us for a conversation about the human factors that are universal undercurrents of working in academia but that too often remain unspoken.