Vignette 3: Uneven Contributions to Collaborative Work


Ramona is an EBICS graduate student.  Wonderful work is being done at the lead institutions in service to underrepresented groups.  However, Ramona is the sole trainee at her university and is geographically isolated from the lead institutions where most of the work is taking place, and lacks the resources to undertake projects of similar scope and scale. 


  1. Should participation in outreach be mandatory, since outreach is a stated goal of EBICS, or is the work being done elsewhere “sufficient” to cover Ramona’s lack of participation?  Why?
  2. How would your opinion change if Ramona was a trainee at a lead institutions, where service opportunities are more prominent, yet she still did not participate?


Andy is a very busy EBICS post-doctoral researcher working diligently towards the goals of the grant. While his work is presented annually at the retreat, he rarely participates in monthly conference calls and has never presented his research to his working group. 

  1. What, if anything, should the grant directors, his PI, and his working group do about this? 
  2. If Andy’s PI also neglects to make the monthly calls, does that change how you feel about Andy’s lack of participation? How?