UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 12 | Oct.
What Makes a Good Researcher?
What makes a good researcher?
By Brian Lin
Curiosity, persistence and an open mind are some of the traits
UBC researchers tell us make a good investigator.
"As a researcher, were seeking the truth about
everything thats around us,"says Pharmaceutical
Sciences Assoc. Prof. Kishor Wasan, who also heads the facultys
summer student research program. "Never try to prove
your hypothesis, just try to test your hypothesis. Let your
data show you the way." Agricultural Sciences Assoc.
Prof. Dan Weary says that the secret in getting great ideas
tested and into action is having a strong research team.
"Your productivity is only as good as the people that
you attract into your research group," says Weary. "Give
them the resources that they need to make the project a success."
"Great ideas are good but one needs to really painstakingly
develop and follow them," says Civil Engineering Prof.
"Curiosity, drive, and especially persistence,"
offers Pediatrics Asst. Prof. Christine Chambers. "You
need to persist when you believe in your ideas, and when others
- such as funding agencies and journal editors - dont."
"Good imagination distinguishes great researchers,
says VP Research Indira Samarasekera. To wrestle with
the unexpected and arrive at new understanding that challenges
old ways of thinking is the crux of good research."
"Keep you mind open and keep yourself up with the new
information and techniques," says Psychiatry Asst. Prof.
Weihong Song. "Be positive and do not be afraid of failure."