We’re looking for researchers involved in multidisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) collaborations to help us understand how you figure out if someone is an expert. Some examples of such teams include computer scientists working with biologists, civil engineers collaborating with health professionals in disaster preparedness, or the kind of work you’d find in NSF IGERT programs.
Our study examines the role of expert social networks in generating scientific knowledge. The purpose of the research is to understand how individual researchers in effective multidisciplinary STEM collaborations have assessed the competencies of their peers from other disciplines for
- disciplinary or specialized knowledge,
- interdisciplinary knowledge and awareness, and
- collaborative knowledge.
As well, this research aims to understand how networks of experts form by studying how members were brought into the group. The goal of this research is to better understand the implicit and explicit assessment of expertise that STEM researchers use in multidisciplinary collaboration to first include or exclude certain participants and then to evaluate participants who are part of the network. Understanding these mechanisms has significance to multidisciplinary training initiatives at local and national levels.
Participation in this study is voluntary. If you choose to participate in this please begin our short survey (more details are available after the link!): https://uwaterloo.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ehYHYHT74LebscB
Or please contact Dr. Mehlenbacher at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a short (30 minute) interview.
This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.
Thanks for your consideration and time,
The Networked Expertise Team