Action Points

  • As an undergraduate, try to join a research team.
  • Volunteer for communication and leadership activities within your current activities: in a disciplinary society, student organization, class, or laboratory.
  • As a graduate student, be a mentor to undergraduates and encourage them to participate in research.
  • Practice brainstorming with fellow researchers in person or via the Internet.
  • Form a research group: give talks to each other and encourage honest comment.
  • Arrange an off-campus internship that can extend or broaden your skills and introduce you to another work environment.
  • Use computer aids to evaluate your attributes.
  • Join or organize a Toastmaster's Club to improve your public-speaking skills.


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