Becoming a Resilient Scientist During Challenging and Uncertain Time

Patricia Phelps, PhD & Rhiannon Mayhugh, PhD

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

Navigating the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on coursework, career opportunities, and research progress amidst the racial inequities and injustice within our society can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. Dr. Sharon Milgram, the Director of the Office of Intramural Education and Training (OITE) has developed multiple resources to help early career scientists become more resilient in this time of stress and uncertainty. This workshop will highlight resources Sharon and her team have developed to manage negative self-talk, become our own advocate, and build strong mentor networks. This interactive workshop will combine excerpts from Sharon Milgram’s presentations, activities to build resilience and promote wellness and bring to light the invaluable OITE resources available online. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Patricia Phelps and Dr. Rhiannon Mayhugh.

About your facilitators

Patricia Phelps, PhD

Director, Johns Hopkins University Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO)

Pat has eight years of experience providing career coaching to PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Pat began her career in the biotech industry where she held leadership positions in R&D, Technology Transfer and Global Product Development and Marketing. After twenty years in research careers, Pat transitioned into science education administration and outreach. She founded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Office of Science, Training and Diversity and North Carolina DNA Day. Pat then accepted the Graduate Partnerships Director Position at the National Institutes of Health where she founded the Translational Science Training Bootcamp. Prior to Johns Hopkins University, Pat was the Educator for Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s ‘Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code’ exhibit.

Rhiannon Mayhugh, PhD

Assistant Director, Experiential Education, JHU PDCO

Rhiannon joined the PDCO in September of 2019 as the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning. She manages the Biomedical Careers Initiative (BCI) internship program and works to implement a wide range of experiential learning opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Prior to joining the PDCO, Rhiannon was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Her research training was preceded by a career in Human Resources, during which she had the opportunity to experience a range of work environments including a publishing company, music label, and an international law firm. Rhiannon’s background has instilled in her an interest in a wide range of career paths and an understanding of how much work-life can vary from one environment to another. She loves having the opportunity to help students and post-docs discover the right next career steps for them.

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