PhD+ Future Faculty – Develop Your Research Agenda (STEM)

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This session is part of the 2023 Future Faculty series, Level 1, Planning Your Search. 

The research statement (or statement of research interests) is a common component of academic job applications. It provides an opportunity for the job candidate to describe one's research accomplishments, current work, and future direction while making a case on why your line of inquiry matters.

In this session, participants will learn about approaches and best practices of crafting a compelling and cohesive research statement, especially for those in disciplines that require a research statement as a stand-alone document (versus as part of one's cover letter). 

NOTE: This discussion focuses on STEM research. Find information on Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Agendas here.



Frederick H. Epstein, PhD - Interim Vice President for Research, Mac Wade Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research at the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science. Professor Epstein is internationally recognized for research contributions to the field of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including for the development of highly accurate methods for quantifying heart motion and contractile function and for using MRI in mouse models of heart disease to discover molecular mechanisms of coronary microvascular disease. Dr. Epstein has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, has served on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, as a Deputy Editor for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and as Chair of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Academic Council.  He is a Fellow three major societies and he was recently named a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research. In addition to academia, he has worked as a scientist/engineer at GE Medical Systems.   


Lillian Aoki, PhD – Research Scientist in the Data Science Initiative, University of Oregon. Lillian Aoki is an ecosystem ecologist and coastal scientist. Starting in Fall 2023, she will begin a position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at UO. Her work focuses on integrating data across spatial and temporal scales to understand ecosystem dynamics, including resilience to extreme events and interactions of multiple stressors. Prior to joining the UO, Dr. Aoki was a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, where she studied interactions between disease and climate change in seagrass meadows along the northeastern Pacific coast. Dr. Aoki completed her PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia in 2018, where her dissertation research combined laboratory studies, field experiments, and long-term monitoring data to explore the ecological impacts of seagrass meadow restoration. Dr. Aoki has published 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, was a contributing author to the IPCC AR6 report published in 2022, and was recently elected to the governing board of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. 





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