The Social Scientist

The Social Scientist: A new outreach community for the scientific field

I want to introduce you to my initiative, The Social Scientist. The truth about the scientific field is it’s segregated, disjointed and impersonal. We spend years in higher education to end up widely on our own to figure out our career path. We can cold call or blindly send emails in hopes of connecting to someone for help; a time consuming and often fruitless endeavor. This has been the predominant advice I’ve been given in every career development event I’ve attended. And the elusive “I got this position because I knew someone at the company/school.” This is why I created this initiative.

The idea behind this are the many issues we face trying to connect with others, especially those not directly in our discipline. What our field is missing are people who can give a complete view of their work, environment and what it took for them to get there. Instead of cold calling or trying blindly to have people respond to your messaging, these contacts (in various scientific and alternative career positions) are readily available and willing to speak on their experiences and advice. We want to provide an accessible and engaging atmosphere to help both scientist and science enthusiasts looking for guidance. From the high school student interested in science but unsure where to start, to the assistant professor on tenure track, we want to provide support for all those in the scientific community. Our goals are to support all generations passionate about science, to provide contacts in various scientific positions that are readily available and willing to speak on their experiences and to create an engaging yet open atmosphere. 

We have a growing community of science volunteers in the fields of academia, industry, writing/publishing, US government, and alternative careers. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheSocScientist and Facebook The Social Scientist.