Identifying scientific potential is a difficult task, some applicants have all the resources to succeed and others have none. As a student Janice had fallen in the latter category; early on she had been discouraged from pursuing a career in science. Despite this delay Janice persevered and continued her scientific studies, demonstrated here scientific abilities, and is now a pioneer in optical neurophysiology. Approachable and amicable, Janice enshrines quirkiness by adorning her desk with plush science animals and a menagerie of multicolored writing utensils. She loves being a researcher, she loves communicating about science, and she loves helping young researchers succeed. All of this belies her obstinate mind that circumvents obstacles and deconstructs her often enigma-like electrophysiology data. Her work not only progresses her own career but furthers society’s knowledge and ability to solve social problems. Behind this, and her ultimate motivation, is her desire to make a positive impact in both her local and national community.
Janice scans for evidence of those same motivations in the applications she analyzes. She wants to advance applicants with personality, who can communicate, who are passionate about the work that they do. She values volunteer work, not as an extracurricular activity, but as a clear indicator of an applicant’s desire to produce outstanding material. Those qualities that make her an effective scientist can be taught but Janice believes an outstanding applicant must reflect her motivations.