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Benefits and challenges of research collaborations

Andrew Watson, PhD

This month, I have been asked to comment on the dynamics of research collaborations and how aggressively they should be pursued by graduate students.

Overall, I believe that research collaborations should always be investigated to determine if their merits are compelling enough to pursue further. Trainees should always keep an eye open for advantageous opportunities for collaboration. However, it’s important to remember there is no obligation to accept any or all offers, nor should you.

There are many advantages to great collaborations:

What are some of things you should consider before entering into collaboration?

If you do your homework and enter into collaboration with an inquisitive mind, you will know if it is the right opportunity for you.

Andrew J. Watson, PhD
Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies