About The Book

Authors Ludlow and Kent have crystallized the keys to a successful career in research for research-oriented graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, biomedical and clinical investigators and faculty members at various stages of their careers. This book outlines guides to success in critical areas of a scientific career, including designing research, developing research programs, obtaining research grants, publishing in top journals, making sense of impact scores, grant writing do’s and don’ts, applying for patents, and how to become a leader in a scientific field. The authors cover the As to Zs of career-building strategies toward a rewarding life in academia and science. Within each of the 11 chapters these authors share their and others’ experience about how to navigate science and academia. Readers will find answers to virtually every possible important question that will play an important part at each stage in their careers.

About The Authors

Christy L. Ludlow, PhD, began her career as a speech-language pathologist before moving into clinical and basic research on speech and voice at the National Institutes of Health, where she conducted research for 35 years. She was Chief the Laryngeal and Speech Section and became a Senior Investigator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke conducting both basic and clinical neurophysiological studies of normal and disordered voice, speech, and swallowing. She then moved to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University, where she led the PhD program and established the Voice and Swallowing Service, a joint collaboration between the university and the Sentara RMH Hospital.

Raymond D. Kent, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research interests include: neurogenic speech disorders in children and adults, speech development in infants and young children, procedures to assess speech intelligibility and quality, acoustic analyses of speech, and theories of speech production.

Table oF Contents

  • Career Stages in Research and Characteristics of a Successful Scientist
  • Types of Research
  • Finding Issues and Topics for a Research Program
  • Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers
  • Membership in the Scientific Community
  • Good Research Practices
  • Writing Research Proposals and Getting Funded
  • Career Paths Outside Academia or Away from the Bench
  • Long Range Research Career Strategies
  • Achieving Success in Academia
  • Technology Transfer
  • References


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