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If you’re looking at career options, or wondering where to start, an Individual Development Plan (IDP) can help. The IDP is a tool to help you critically assess your skills and values, which will help you address your career goals in an achievable way. Get a step-by-step guide for the AAAS myIDP tool by one of the creators and hear from two postdocs about their experiences using the IDP.
Jennifer Stripay, PhD
Jennifer is a fourth year student in the neuroscience graduate program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Under the mentorship of Mark Noble, Jennifer's research is focused on identifying mechanisms of chemoresistance in glioblastoma multiforme and developing novel therapeutic approaches for this and other malignant tumors. She currently serves on SfN’s Trainee Advisory Committee and plays a significant role in her graduate program's neuroscience outreach efforts. Jennifer is committed to the development of innovative training opportunities for students in biomedical research and welcomes any and all feedback from SfN trainees. Jennifer Stripay is also a member of SfN’s Online Programs Steering Committee.
Marguerite Matthews, PhD
Marguerite Matthews is a scientific program manager in the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). She received her B.S. in biochemistry from Spelman College and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral neuroscience at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where she also served as program director for the Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) outreach initiative, and program director for the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research Program to recruit and retain postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented backgrounds.
Philip Clifford, PhD
Philip Clifford is the associate dean for research in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research aims to elucidate the physiological mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle blood flow during exercise. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section. He participates on grant review panels at the NIH, NASA, and the American Heart Association and sits on the editorial boards of several physiological journals. Clifford is recognized nationally for championing career and professional development for PhD scientists. He is a co-author of the career website, myIDP.sciencecareers.org.