An early career researcher’s checklist for prioritizing projects: Opinion

Elizabeth Tenney (University of Utah), Jacqueline M Chen (UofUtah), and McKenzie Preston (University of Pennsylvania) have created a checklist to help early career researchers (ECRs) decide on which projects to pursue. ECRs are pulled in many directions at the beginning stages of their careers, the writers explain, and so they often struggle to determine which projects are worth their time, energy, and resources. To resolve this, the writers put forth a framework they call the ‘3 Ps’–people, passion, and publishable—and assert that ECRs should prioritize “projects that involve people you like, as well as those that you are passionate about and that have strong potential to provide good, publishable results.”

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