Outside of Work
In addition to her research commitments, Connie has served on numerous committees and been elected to leadership positions in professional organizations. She reviews manuscripts and recommends them for publication in journals, reviews other scientists' proposals for research and advises the National Science Foundation as to which projects are most likely to lead to new understanding. She also organizes the program of talks for national meetings of geoscientists.
Connie's Favorite Parts of Her Job
Connie enjoys the thrill of making a new discovery and likes exchanging ideas with other people to increase their understanding of how the earth responds to climatic change. She is an independent person and likes to direct her own work, important qualities for a researcher. She also likes the freedom to set her own work times and to travel when she wants to. Because her salary is dependent on grants that are awarded on a competitive basis, she faces the constant challenge of making her performance visible. Fortunately, she enjoys this.
Connie's Secrets to Job Satisfaction
Connie says that the most important quality for any job is to enjoy what you're doing. If you enjoy it, you'll work hard because you want to, and you'll succeed because what you're doing is right for you. If you are interested in natural sciences, read books in your library to get an idea of what science is all about, plus visit museums and take science and math classes.