Get Involved! Early Career Program Details & Testimonial

The Early Career Program (ECP) provides a series of special sessions that target early-career researchers, educators, and technical professionals: academic, industry, and laboratory staff within the first five years of a permanent position.

The program aims to help participants secure a better understanding of the issues and challenges faced while navigating a successful research career.

Mary Ann Leung
Mary Ann Leung

From the ECP Chair

“The goal of the program is to help participants catapult their careers and improve fundamental skillsets,” says Early Career Chair Mary Ann Leung from the Sustainable Horizons Institute.

She continues, “the program will include engaging and interactive sessions aimed at providing attendees with a clear roadmap to their future.”

New Details

New at SC18, the ECP will feature a Fireside Chat with SC18 Committee leadership for an informal discussion of their careers, involvement in the SC Conference committees, and the benefits of committee service.

Testimonial from SC17 ECP Participant

Yipkei Kwok

“Participating in the program was one of my most memorable experiences in 2017. Before the event, through completing the assessment provided by SC17, I reaffirmed some of the strengths that I know about myself and discovered some that I was not aware of.

This allows me to harness potential that I overlooked. The two major take-home lessons given by the HPC veterans in their talks are (1) how to plan a career strategically and (2) how to write effective proposals.

Through talks on career planning, I learned about the difficulties of juggling between life responsibilities, and how goal setting and effective prioritization help.

Through my participating in ECP, I have a more clear picture on the future of my career and a better idea in how to implement my plan in the manageable steps. I applied some of the strategies that I learned and submitted a grant proposal to my university for research funding.

After returning from the conference, I am able to manage my time more efficiently in order to work with students on research in a more formal, effective setting. I would definitely recommend ECP to my peers who are in the early stage of their careers.”

More Details

Sessions will be held in a workshop format on Monday, November 12, before the full SC18 Program begins. This will allow participants to enjoy the Program as fully as possible. There is no additional charge for participating in the ECP.

Travel funding may be available upon request, however it is not guaranteed; the program is targeted at people already planning on attending the conference.

To apply: SC18 Submissions Website

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