Addressing imposter fears at any career stage

Sept. 24 | 2 p.m. EDT

Internal feelings of self-doubt and questioning one’s abilities are not uncommon in high-pressure, high-achieving environments like STEM research. Whether established or just starting out in their career, anyone can experience imposter fears, and these fears can be detrimental to one’s well-being if left unchecked. Join scientists from across career stages for a panel discussion on how they recognized their imposter fears and what strategies they employed to overcome them.

Due to technical difficulties, a recording of this event is not available.


Arnaldo J. Diaz

Arnaldo J. Díaz Vázquez (moderator)
Assistant dean, research training programs
Director of recruitment and retention of diversity scholars
University of Pennsylvania

Jasmine Alexander-Floyd

Jasmine Alexander-Floyd
NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award postdoctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Alicea-Torres

Kevin Alicea-Torres
Associate director, Puerto Rico Outstanding Undergraduate Diversified program
University of Puerto Rico, Humacao

Makheni Jean-Pierre

Makheni Jean-Pierre
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program postbac, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Renuka Kudva

Renuka Kudva
Postdoctoral fellow, Stockholm University

Ramon Misla David

Ramon Misla David
Ph.D. candidate, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
M.D. candidate, Ponce Health Sciences University

Adam Persky

Adam M. Persky
Professor, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor
Provost's postdoctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Who should attend

  • Graduate students
  • Postdocs
  • Early-career scientists

Learning objectives

  • Compare manifestations of imposter fears
  • Identify triggers of imposter fears
  • Evaluate the role of mentoring in managing imposter fears
  • Identify tactics to cope with imposter fears
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