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PLoS Comput Biol DOI:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003708

Soft skills: an important asset acquired from organizing regional student group activities.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
Authorsde Ridder, J, Meysman, P, Oluwagbemi, O, Abeel, T
JournalPLoS Comput Biol
Date Published2014 Jul
KeywordsComputational Biology, Humans, Leadership, Reward, Social Networking, Social Skills, Students

Contributing to a student organization, such as the International Society for Computational Biology Student Council (ISCB-SC) and its Regional Student Group (RSG) program, takes time and energy. Both are scarce commodities, especially when you are trying to find your place in the world of computational biology as a graduate student. It comes as no surprise that organizing ISCB-SC-related activities sometimes interferes with day-to-day research and shakes up your priority list. However, we unanimously agree that the rewards, both in the short as well as the long term, make the time spent on these extracurricular activities more than worth it. In this article, we will explain what makes this so worthwhile: soft skills.


Alternate JournalPLoS Comput. Biol.
PubMed ID24992198
PubMed Central IDPMC4080995