Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 25 September 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 38, p. tr5
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2002.38.tr5]


Laboratory Performance Appraisal

Karen Ottemann

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA. E-mail: ottemann{at};2002/38/tr5

Key Words: laboratory • evaluation • mentor • adviser

Abstract: An important aspect of the principal investigator's job is to mentor students and postdocs and help them develop as scientists. In guiding my own lab members, I knew that it was important to give them feedback in order to build on their strengths and help improve their abilities. I found it very difficult, however, to tell lab members their good and bad points constructively. I realized that in many jobs, employees participate in annual reviews that are guided by a form that divides the expectations of a position into specific categories. I have designed a similar form geared toward students and postdocs working in the laboratory. With some modifications, it could also be adapted for technicians and undergraduates. I have found this to be a very productive way to emphasize their strengths and point out their shortcomings; it is also useful in allowing them to make suggestions and air grievances.

[Performance Appraisal Form]

Citation: K. Ottemann, Laboratory Performance Appraisal. Science's SAGE KE (25 September 2002),;2002/38/tr5

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