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Early Investigator- Essentials for Transitioning From Trainee to Independent Investigator

Session IV-C: Early Investigator-Transitioning From Trainee to Independent Investigator

Wednesday, March 6 ,2019

2:45-5:15 p.m.


Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Michelle Troche, PhD, CCC-SLP, MA, BA



Essentials for Transitioning from Trainee to Independent Investigator

Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Michelle Troche, PhD, CCC-SLP, MA, BA | Katlyn McGrattan, PhD, CCC-SLP | Elizabeth Ward, BSPThy(Hons), Grad Cert Ed., PhD

The session will begin with a presentation outlining some of the essentials for transitioning from trainee to independent investigator and will be followed by a panel of independent investigators at different points in their careers and with different experiences, sharing their path to research independence. The session will end with a workshop on ‘Writing your personal (research) statement’. Plenty of time has been allotted for discussion, questions, and dialogue. We encourage early investigators of all backgrounds to join us for this session.  


After this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • List key skill-sets necessary for transitioning from trainee to independent researcher.
  • Describe different potential approaches to success as an academic.
  • Identify key components of an effective personal (research) statement.


Time-ordered agenda:

2:45 - 2:55 p.m.

Welcome (Michelle Troche)

2:55 - 3:15 p.m.

Essentials for transitioning from trainee to independent investigator (Bonnie Martin-Harris)

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Personal stories: The many roads to becoming a successful independent investigator (Michelle Ciucci, Michelle Troche, Nicole Rogus-Pulia, Elizabeth Ward)

4:00 - 4:20 p.m.

Panel discussion and questions 

4:20 - 4:30 p.m.

Transition (short break) 

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Workshop - Writing your Personal (Research) Statement (Julie Barkmeier-Kramer) 

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