In terms of motivation, I was always pretty intrinsically motivated. One thing I lacked as a student was the opportunity to go to meetings--I pretty much had to arrange everything myself (even funding for it). So as a motivator, and because I think meetings can be great experiences, when my students joined my group, I told them that I would take them to a meeting every year they had enough new data to present, and to a major meeting after they published a significant paper of their own work. This summer, I will be taking both of my students to a regional meeting to present posters of their work. I am pretty excited about this, and so are they. Any other suggestions of nice things to do to reward productivity?
Monday, May 24, 2010
One thing I have been trying hard to do is to establish a nice lab culture. I have two students, and hope to get two more next year. I am really fortunate that both of my students are really hard workers who are very enthusiastic about their work. I don't want to be a slave driver--I want to have nice discussions of science, going over experiments, and not spend a lot of time laying down the law. I always hated being micromanaged, so I don't want to do that myself. I am thinking about what I should be doing to establish a self-sustaining lab culture that encourages those things.