Dr. Gillian Small spoke to the Association for Women in Science’s (AWIS) New York Metropolitan chapter about the art of negotiating on Tuesday, April 12 at the New York University Langone Medical Center in Midtown Manhattan.
Small, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Director of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), discussed the importance of strong negotiating skills for women beginning careers in STEM fields and some of the pitfalls they might face.
“Developing strong negotiating skills for women in science is paramount, but especially in the early stages of a researcher’s career,” said Small, who also serves as a member of the AWIS Board of Directors. “From developing the parameters of a postdoc position to negotiating salary and start-up packages for junior faculty, it is key for women researchers to understand when and how to employ these skills.”
After Small’s talk, the audience of nearly 50 people engaged in a lively question and answer session that explored the complexities facing women pursuing STEM careers.
This event supports the work done through the CUNY Women in Science program, which provides practical tools for women building careers in science and is highlighted by the annual Inspiring Women Scientists forum. A number of smaller, targeted roundtable talks and workshops also provide a chance for women students, faculty, and STEM professionals to address areas of interest. For more information about the CUNY Women in Science program, please click here.
About the ASRC: The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is a University-wide venture that elevates CUNY’s legacy of scientific research and education through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences. Led by Dr. Gillian Small, Vice Chancellor for Research and the ASRC’s executive director, the center is designed to promote a unique, interdisciplinary research culture. Researchers from each of the initiatives work side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available. Funding for the ASRC from New York State is gratefully acknowledged.