Graduate Students Mentoring Plan (Poggio Lab)
With students, I try to:
- provide constructive feedback
- provide encouragement and support
- look out for the student’s Interests
- treat students with respect
- provide a personal touch.
Please let me know when I fail, which happens more than I would like!
I expect every member of the group to come to most lab meetings, while recognizing there will inevitably be a few you’ll need to miss for various reasons.
I like students to be fully engaged in research. My group is for people who want to think about science most of the time and have fun doing that!
I encourage my graduate students to collaborate among themselves and with outside faculty and students: there is nothing more productive and fun than collaborating across the boundaries of different areas of expertise.
I usually like students to have two or more projects. Ideally one is a bread-and-butter research project whose outcome is reasonably certain; the other is more blue-sky, longer term and entails a significant risk of failure but also great reward in case of success.
The ideal project is a mix of theory, computer implementations and neuroscience predictions but any two of those components are sufficient. Exceptions can be made of course.
I am available to discuss about the projects with each graduate student at any time: I prefer discussions driven by what happens in research rather than regular meetings. Expect me to be proactive and curious if you are silent for a while!
I like students to be skeptical in a constructive way of most published work (remember that probably 50% of all papers are wrong and much more is irrelevant) and to be critical in a similar way of what I say or write. I appreciate very much a student who points out an error in what I claim! Being critical is essential in science and having a very critical person in a research team is a must! This also means that you should be completely open with me about errors you may find in your research or papers.
I like to have prompt answers to my email, even just saying that you got it!