Success Strategies for Women in Science

A Portable Mentor

Edited by

  • Peggy A. Pritchard, MLIS, Associate Librarian, Learning and Curriculum Support Team, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada
  • Peggy A. Pritchard, MLIS, Associate Librarian, Learning and Curriculum Support Team, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

Success Strategies for Women in Science: A Portable Mentor focuses on a wealth of knowledge and years of experience of successful female scientists from industry, government, research institutes, and academe. This book, through practical advice and real-life stories, presents what knowledge and skills are needed to make the transition from trainee to scientist that, if practiced, will help beginners become successful. This book, in particular, describes the essential skills required of every researcher, such as networking, communicating, coping with the demands of a research career, time management, and the most difficult of skills, saying ""no"" to excessive demands on time. This text also explores the issues relating to career development and the importance of the examination of alternate career paths. While much of the advice in this mentoring manual is aimed at women new in their careers, experienced readers will also find the book of value. This material will fill the gap and help women to pursue excellence and achieve success in their chosen scientific careers.
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An invaluable resource not only for women scientists, mid-career and senior scientists, of both sexes, involved in mentoring female graduate students, doctoral fellows and younger colleagues, career/guidance counsellors in secondary schools and colleges/universities, but also for parents who want to support and encourage their daughters' interest in careers in science.


Book information

  • Published: November 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-088411-7


“I think most scientists at early stages in their careers would find this book extraordinarily useful, and many scientists at later stages would benefit enormously from the advice as well. …one of the strengths of this book is the array of perspectives provided by the diverse collection of authors. …This book is both introspective and inspirational, driving readers to examine their own values and goals but providing ample illustrations of successful women scientists. I particularly appreciate the emphasis on self-awareness and the understanding that every scientist has their own path to follow; that no one sets of rules applies to everyone. Although the book is primarily meant for beginning scientists, it will be valuable to many women (and men) at various stages of their careers. I wish I had such a resource at the outset of my own scientisic life” -Ann M. Flower, University of North Dakota School of Medicine for MICROBE (2006) “…aimed at women embarking on a career in science of in their final years of training for such a role. The prologue is quite inspiring and so are the women profiled...” - CHEMISTRY WORLD (2006) "...this book contains useful advice for women and men at all stages of their careers." - JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION (June 2006) "...valuable career guide which is relevant not only to scientists and academics but also women in other fields. Their enthusiasm, commitment, courage and willingness to share their experiences are what makes this book so readable. Full of useful tips and advice, it also provokes thoughtful reflection while providing inspiration and encouragement through the distillation of their insights and advice. As its title suggest, this guide is a book to be dipped into again and again as women face different transition points and its structured approach and excellent index makes it easy to find the relevant sections." - Margaret Dane, Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, CEO (2006)

Table of Contents

ContributorsForewordIntroductionAcknowledgmentsPrologue1. Career Management2. Continuing Professional Development3. Training and Working Abroad4. Climbing the Ladder5. Mentoring6. Networking7. Mental Toughness8. Personal Style9. Communicating Science10. Time Stress11. Balancing Professional and Personal Life12. TransitionsIndex