Becoming a Resilient Scientist

Becoming a Resilient Scientist Workshop and Facilitated Discussion Series 2021

About the series

This is a pilot program hosted by the UF CTSI Translational Workforce Development Program in collaboration with the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) and sponsored by the NIH/NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity.

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Navigating school, the career exploration process, research environments, and the stress of life can seem overwhelming and lead us to doubt ourselves just when we need confidence the most. The goal of this series is to help you develop the resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in school, work and life. The series will consist of six webinars, each followed by a small group discussion the following week. The webinars will highlight emotional intelligence competencies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers. We will discuss the cultivation of skills to help you realize resilience and identify and deal with obstacles that get in your way. While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series as the material relates and concepts will be developed throughout the series. Participants are expected to watch each of the webinars and journal or reflect upon the resilience tools and strategies presented prior to the small group, confidential discussions in the following week. Participants who attend all six small group meetings and complete the evaluation survey of this pilot program will be awarded a certificate of completion by the NIH.

ALL webinars are from 2:00-4:00 in real-time (which includes a live Q&A, or a recording can be watched asynchronously later.) Click on the titles below to register for the corresponding webinar.


Date Title Webinar information
January 26, 2021 An introduction to wellness and resilience We all experience setback and disappointments in science, work and life. In this webinar we will look at seven key elements of resilience with a focus on building habits that promote healthier responses and resilient behaviors in the face of set-back in educational and work environments.
February 15, 2021 Understanding cognitive distortions, imposter fears and stereotype threat We tell ourselves stories about what is happening to us and around us. In this webinar we will explore how our self-talk is generated and look at ways our self-talk can either help us be more resilient or how it can hurt us and hold us back. We will look at two important elements of our self-talk, cognitive distortions and imposter fears and explore ways to recognize internal messages and input from others that distorts our views of our abilities and accomplishments.
March 8, 2021 Emotional intelligence and emotion in the workplace Emotions can play a critical role in how we communicate, navigate relationships, and manage conflict. In this webinar we will discuss Emotional Intelligence and emotions and how they influence our resilience as scientists.
March 30, 2021 Self-advocacy and assertiveness for scientists We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues and supervisors.
April 20, 2021 Developing feedback resilience We all need feedback to grow and learn but we often become defensive and are unable to learn from the feedback we receive, even if it is delivered well. In this webinar, we will talk about why receiving feedback is so difficult and explore ways to stay calm and engaged when receiving feedback. We will also talk about giving feedback in a calm and assertive way so that our voice can be heard.
May 10, 2021 Maximizing mentoring relationships We all need mentors to support and encourage us throughout our educational and career journey. In this webinar, we will talk about the mentoring relationship in research environments with a focus on improving your relationship with your PI, finding mentors and on improving communication and interpersonal interactions. The webinar will help clarify what you need from your supervisors and mentors and address how to get what you need from these important interactions.

Small Group and Facilitated Discussions

Registration deadline: jan. 30, 2021

Register to participate

A small group of MD-PhD and PhD trainees (capped at 18) will meet one week after each webinar to discuss the tools, strategies and lessons learned in each topic. Registration for the small group discussions (virtual) is open through January 30. The group size will be capped at 18 participants.

Small group discussions will be held on Tuesdays, 10:00-1:00 a.m. on:

  • February 2
  • February 23
  • March 16
  • April 6
  • April 27
  • May 18