For many PhD students and postdocs, starting a family coincides with a period of their careers where they are expected to be highly productive. The challenges of balancing personal life and work expectations leave many women dropping out of the academic pipeline. Recent studies have shown, that a supportive relationship with their advisors is critical for the success of Early Career Researchers and can be a decisive factor to retain young mothers in scientific careers. But what does it take to foster a healthy relationship between advisor and mentee?
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Lightning Talks
Which resources do we have at UC Davis for Early Career mothers?
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Break
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Fishbowl Discussion
When (or if) to have the discussion about your plans to start a family with your advisor? What can the advisor do to support the needs of parenting PhD students and postdocs? What can the advisor reasonably expect from the parenting mentee and how can you align expectations?
Sponsored by the Professors for the Future and GradPathways Institute for Professional, Graduate Studies.