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  1. I have been receiving a lot of graduate student applications from keenly interested, dedicated students outside of my country, Canada. It has not been that long ago, when I was an international student myself, with a student visa in a country where I knew no one else other than my lab´s members. It is also vividly in my mind, how I envied all other students around me who had a status different from being on a “student visa”. They were free to do anything in their lives and they could decide about the future without ever considering the thought that “I need to figure out a way to establish myself in this country for real or go back home when I am done with graduate studies”. Well, sometimes this is a rhetorical question. Often there are no programs allowing for a different visa status to students after their studies have terminated. Unless there is a magic job offer that happens and satisfies all current immigration preferences, there is no other way to change the status, to secure a “more established” life. Then there is only the other option that becomes the path of least resistance and “the most likely to happen to me” option - unless the immigration laws change by the time one graduates, or I wins the lottery. OK, move on! Imagine a 20-some year old student, starting an MSc or a PhD, just beginning to understand the world of opportunities within “research, academia and neurosciences” and just beginning to be worried about what to do in life “for real”. Imagine, how could this person decide about the question: “Should I establish myself here or 3000+ miles over there?” When I was at this point in my life myself, things could have not been murkier than they were in all aspects of my life. And yes, I did want someone to tell me what I should do. There was, of course, no one knowing the answers. But there were at least people to talk to about my options. This is what makes me today, to be one of those supervisors who want to talk about options upfront, especially with international applicants. I encourage all of the incoming students to consider the MSc program as a start. If their performance and motivation aligns after the first year into the program, they can make the decision to transfer into the PhD program (at least at my institution). But if they wish to obtain a more secure status in their new country – prior to pursuing PhD studies - they can do so after the 2 years of the MSc program and then a shot at gaining work experience. This, however, overall, resulted in me offering a lot of opportunities to international students at the Master’s level but not transitioning many of them onto higher levels of graduate training and I feel as if I am being less encouraging to my students in terms of the PhD training. How do other supervisors think about this dilemma?
  2. Continuing the discussion from Culture Shock: Neuroscience Experiences Around the World: Hello! I was wondering if anyone who has done graduate or postdoc training or is faculty in the Australian research and academic system would be willing to share their experiences with me? I am considering an academic post in Australia. Thank you!
  3. Have you considered working or training abroad? Approaching your research and professional development while immersed in a different culture can open your mind to new ways of thinking about your neuroscience questions and other personal and professional goals. However, before you set out there are important considerations to keep in mind. Link back to full video
  4. I am in my early career and recently joined a private college as a young faculty. One big challenge i faced in past and in present is how to built a collaboration. when i was working as a postdoc i was very limited and nervous and thinking about many things such as : (i) how shall i write an email? (ii) what content should be there? (iii) how shall i introduce myself to fellow researchers? (iv) i am a needle in a haystack will they consider me. and so on and on. But i overcome that feeling and doubt i started with little courage and now i am having collaborators around the world. i can start communication with any at ease now. So HOW I DID IT? how to identify he collaborator? for this one has to do an internet search or has to attend an international or a national conferences/meetings. how to start communication? start talking about his/her work and then bring them slowly into your field and explain how your work is close to theirs? when you get chance to talk? talk less and use more keywords rather than long sentences or conversations. at the end don’t forget to ask their email id and make sure they remember you. You can make them remember you by either giving some information regarding your country or place and the challenges you are facing at that place regarding the research. always be direct with your conversation. Everyone around the world appreciates transparency so be clear. If you are having limited resources tell them, because you won’t loose anything but you will gain an experience how to communicate. And also there are many finishes in the pond. you need to ask for what do i need a collaborator? is it for summer school, symposium, workshops, exchange program or research. This should be clear because then only we can execute things with focused attention. what can i contribute ? this is relevant for any collaborator if i can provide human power, resources (finance, tools, chemicals, methodology, etc.), or ideas. what benefits we get from collaboration? is it only publication or sharing resources such as lab, materials etc. what are the benefits in a long run? this one has to think carefully because as it is hard to start collaboration. it is also difficult to consider long term benefits from the collaboration. I apologies that I haven’t written this text like a professional writer but my idea was to share my views on such topic. I hope you all will like it. if you have any relevant comments please share with me and with others. Thank you and have a nice time.
  5. Science – 28 Apr 17 Standing up to fear In 2014, after years of planning, I finally got my visa to start my Ph.D. studies in the United States. I chose to come to this country—leaving behind my family and other loved ones in Iran—because I thought it would be the best way to grow as a... How has your academic institution responding in light of the travel ban? Do you have any recommendations for how any scientist can shed more light on this issue to those in academic administrations?
  6. Hello Neuronline I would like to share my international experience. I just did a lecture for Brain Awareness Week at University Of Baghdad -Alkhwarizmi College of Engineering. Met a great group of Biomedical Engineers and talked about Brain Wiring. More events planned for later. Thank you
  7. All postdoctoral experiences are unique. Still, I hope that my personal account of doing a postdoctoral position in the United States has some useful takeaways for others. Here’s what I think you should know. Link back to full article
  8. There are many factors in choosing a postdoc position, including geography. Listen to Michael Zigmond, professor at University of Pittsburgh, explain the reasons why doing an international postdoc can be the best decision for your career. Link back to video
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