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Do professors struggle with imposter syndrome?

Did they face the same challenges as students today?


Behind the CV: Stories from Faculty (a “Growing Up in Science” Event) is an event series about becoming and being a scientist. Faculty share their stories with a focus on the unspoken challenges of a life in academia. This event is open to undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and others.

Please join us for this series once a month, and (if you missed the last one) check out our videos below!

For more information on each event, check our Events page





Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology
Director, Cognitive Fitness Program & Neuropsychological Services (Penn Memory Center)
University of Pennsylvania





Kathryn Schuler, PhD (1/23/20)

Assistant Professor, Linguistics Department
Principal Investigator, Child Language Lab
University of Pennsylvania





Michael Platt, PhD (12/12/19)

James S. Riepe University Professor
Department of Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Wharton School
Principal Investigator, Platt Lab
University of Pennsylvania





Wei Ji Ma, PhD (11/21/19)

Associate Professor of Psychology & Neural Sciences
Principal Investigator, Ma Lab
New York University




Elizabeth Brannon, PhD (10/17/19)

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Chair
Professor, Department of Psychology
Principal Investigator, Brannon Lab





David Meaney, PhD (9/19/19)

Solomon R. Pollack Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator, Molecular Engineering Lab




Maria Geffen, PhD (4/23/19)

Associate Professor, Departments of Otorhinolaryngology & Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator, Geffen Laboratory of Auditory Coding




Konrad Kording, PhD (4/2/19)

Penn Integrated Knowledge Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator, Kording Lab



Sudeep Bhatia, PhD (2/27/19)

Assistant Professor of Psychology, UPenn
Principal Investigator, Computational Behavioral Science Lab




Michelle J. Johnson, PhD (1/25/19)

Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UPenn
Director, Rehabilitation Robotics Lab




“Growing Up in Science” is a conversation series model started by NYU professors Wei Ji Ma and Cristina Alberini which has spread to different institutions. You can find more about Wei Ji Ma, Cristina Alberini, and “Growing Up in Science” here.

Co-sponsored by MindCORE and CURF.