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Post-doctoral Researcher at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

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Jeffrey Byrd jjbyrd smcm. My two ongoing study areas: Karen Crawford kcrawford smcm. My research interests involve questions concerning how normal pattern is created in regenerating and developing systems. Projects in my research lab include studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms that function during amphibian limb regeneration and metamorphosis, squid embryogenesis, and regeneration in a fresh water oligochaete worm.

Samantha Elliott slelliott smcm. My research revolves around my wide-ranging interests in the laboratory, classroom and on the farm. As an immunologist, I am interested in aspects of health and human disease. In the laboratory, I look at how the nematode C. I also investigate how the nervous system works in concert with the immune system in C.

As an educator, I am also interested in how students learn biology and perform education research to study this. Students may work with me on Biology Education Research through the Education department. As a hobby farmer, I am also interested in aspects of conservation and food production, primarily working with honeybees and the endangered Dominique chicken. I suppose this could be a field specific thing.

The humanities are def. It strikes me that social sciences and psych in particular might be tending toward longer. I am writing my own R. In all cases, the R. Most candidates at R-1s also have lengthier C.

Right now mine is 2. Thanks for this really helpful post! Also, many of the items in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th paragraphs you suggest would seem to overlap quite extensively with the cover letter, making it hard to properly differentiate what goes where. For schools that require this statement, should we just strip down our cover letter and include some of these details in our research statement?

Why do some schools have them? Understanding the reasons some departments request it would be helpful, especially in differentiating from the cover letter.

Never strip down the cover letter. That is the document that opens the door for the reading of the other docs such as TS and RS. The distinction of the RS is that it can be more field-specific and far more detailed than what you can provide in the single para devoted to the research in the job letter.

You can also briefly sketch the chapters of the dissertation as long as you give no more than about one sentence per chapter.

One of the most tedious pitfalls of the RS is the exhaustive chapter-by-chapter description of the diss.

What IS the point? Is the Research statement the same as the diss abstract? Most research statements that I have seen for searches at R1 schools have been pages. We like data and we want to see yours.

With figures that are actually readable, there is no way to get away with less than pages for a research statement. Again I think this may be STEM specific but given how scientists read journals — most folks go straight to the figures and then later look at the text — this is probably a good tactic in those fields. I love the idea that a research statement could include figures. Also, you mention not providing two second projects.

Would that still apply if one is far-away foreign, and the other local? Another question on the MA — mine was empirical research published in a general science journal Proc B so I definitely need to mention it. But my question is whether I should explicitly say that this was my MA project? As she says in the post, there are obvious exceptions STEM might want more, specific jobs might want more , but assuming 1 page without any other specific information is a good standard rule.

The reason I say this is because you basically want to make a good impression pretty quickly. Job committees have limited time, and they are probably going to scan your document before deciding whether it is worth reading it in full.

You should also design those headers to lure your readers to look at your work more closely. I have collected sample statements from 5 successful candidates and they are all in the page range, closer to what the sociologist above describes.

I have not seen a single statement at one page. When proposing future research, do you still recommend we avoid stating what others have NOT done? Can the self-righteousness and just describe your work and its contribution. As you say in this post: In my case, my book will be comprised of about half new material and half dissertation research. So is this the wrong way to describe the relationship between book and diss even if it seems accurate?

This question actually requires a blog post on its own. Of course books or second projects will typically have some organic connection to the diss. But on the job market and in your career, the diss must NOT be primary.

The diss is something a grad student writes. You are not applying to be a grad student. You are applying to be professor. How would you recommend shifting the focus of the paragraphs for those of us going on the market as postdocs?

However, except for a few conference proceedings, I have no publications on my postdoc research yet. Do hiring committees look down upon this?

Does anyone here know if this is an effective format for British Oxbridge postdocs as well? I know my research is good, but the eternal question of how to make anything in the humanities sound important to other people, you know? Often they a long CV, RS, and list of publications to tick all the boxes and cover their backs. If I consider teaching and curriculum development part of my research, is it okay to mention this in the RS—specifically if written for a university more focused on teaching than research?

My assumption is that R1 schools would look down on this…? Does the rule of no more than one future project description apply to the field of developmental psychology? You would need to investigate that among your profs and colleagues. I wrote a research statement and asked a friend in my department look at it.

I do not want to frame myself as a graduate student, but I also see the value in highlighting my ability to produce scholarship with other people. Any thoughts on this, Karen or others? I searched through a tone of sites for samples and examples, but yours is the most helpful. The work is your own. If you co-authored a piece, do not use the name of the co-author. You mention that P4 should include: How specific do you need to get with that information? Thanks for the advice!

Your blog has been so valuable as I am preparing my application package. Is there anyway I can communicate to the admissions committee about my situation within the scope of my application? Hello, Karen, I am an old follower returning. In a research statement, do you give considerably less space to what is already published, books and articles, and much more space and detail to describe projects s in progress or about to be launched as research proposal applications?

They are, in fact, wanting to know what my future research projects are, to ascertain if i am a good prospect, correct? Hi, I am applying to graduate school, and some programs ask for a research statement. I have not done any independent research, but have worked in a lab under a postdoc for three years.

As a undergrad, is it okay to refer to the postdoc by name and say that I was assisting? Should this be structured any differently than the model you gave above? Is there any different format for a PhD student to be or just follow the same as per above? Hi, Could you please let me know if it is proper to mention some of projects in a certain master course that one took?

Thank you in advance. If some of your research background was for a government agency and your results went to government documents and forms, are you allowed to include it in your research statement. For example, I am applying for a job that calls for a research statement in which I would be designing stream sampling plans and in the past I worked for state government designing and implementing SOPs for stream sampling and EPA reports.

This experience is much more applicable to the job than my dissertation research is. In other words, is the RS more to show I can do research and think like a researcher or that I have done similar research in the past? Hi, This post has been really helpful to me. I have a question about citations in a research statement. Should I cite relevant or seminal studies? Or is a research statement assumed to be written out of the authors own confidence, experience, and general knowledge of their field of study?

If yes to citations, is there an optimal amount? I dont understand why I cannot name who I collaborated with, or worked with and claim complete ownership. Most of all disseration ideas comes out of a collaborative effort.

Seems kinda lame to suddenly act like every idea is all mine without giving due credit. All of your recommendations are valid except for this one. Including names of other people would actually be a good thing as it shows a willingness to interact and collaborate with a diverse set of people, picking up new skills and perspectives; this is how science is done these days.

Of course the research thrust should be from the individual, but that is like a given. I am also in a STEM field, and all of my research has been collaborative to one degree or another. In fact, it may be even more important for those of us with highly collaborative research to discuss our own contributions and leave our colleagues out of our research statements.

The difficulty is to demonstrate what I actually did as author 13 in alphabetical order that makes me actually worth hiring. Additionally, should I include in the teaching philosophy an experience in my undergraduate that has shaped my teaching philosophy?

Finally, should my TP include any courses ever taught or course proposals? Your candid response will be appreciated. Please read all my posts on the Teaching Statement for more on that—do NOT include your undergrad experiences. This messes up the usual structure I have in mind. What do you suggest? Two different files or a hybrid between them in one file? What do you think about this?

I am a young scholar in Communication. I have been told this is not enough and I need more projects in my proposal. Only 2 pages for so many projects including a detailed timeline does not seem feasible. Karen, First, let me thank you for your website. I have been in my current position, teaching at a community college, since During this time, I completed my doctorate awarded in I taught abroad on a Fulbright scholarship in , and during that time revised and expanded my dissertation for publication this included contextual updates and one complete new chapter.

I was fortunate enough to get a contract, and the book appeared in ; the paperback is coming out this month. Given my experiences, I want to make the move to a 4-year institution, if possible I realize the odds are slim. So, how do I best handle my circumstance in the RS? The dissertation and book are largely the same. How can I avoid redundancies? My current projects span a gamut of research topics, including inferring evolutionary history and species limits in a Holarctic songbird using high-throughput sequencing data, studying an instance of rapid adaptation in response to anthropogenic change, understanding the comparative biology of life history evolution in a family of songbirds, and updating the taxonomy of tanagers to reflect evolutionary history.

It is an exciting time to begin a career in the life sciences. Looking ahead, I aim to continue my multidimensional research on the evolutionary biology and ecology of birds and other taxa.

I aim to harness these new technologies to deepen our understanding of avian biology, by integrate data from traditionally disparate sources, such as remote sensing data, spatial analyses of animal coloration and patterning, functional genomics, and museum specimens to answer standing questions in ecology and evolutionary biology.

I believe that research is most rewarding when it involves some level of collaboration and cooperation between multiple parties. I have been fortunate to collaborate with over a dozen co-authors to date and have ongoing projects with additional collaborators at institutions in the United States and abroad. Exchanging ideas across institutional and cultural boundaries strengthens our scientific community, while research offers a powerful learning opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

I also believe that scientists need to engage the public regarding the importance and value of basic and applied scientific research.


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