Dr. Paulson Imparts Wisdom to Biofilm Students Preparing for the Workforce

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Dr. Daryl Paulson, President of BioScience Laboratories encourages Biofilm Students to diversify in order to be successful on the workforce.

You may not think marketing or sales are important to learn as a Biofilms Researcher, but they are.

In today’s uncertain economic climate, college students are eager for advice to help them stand out and procure employment upon graduation. On Thursday, October 4, Dr. Daryl Paulson, President of Bioscience Laboratories, gave his expert guidance to a classroom full of Montana State University, Center for Biofilm Engineering students, on how to do just that. “Diversify,” was the central message of Dr. Paulson’s presentation. He encouraged students to ask themselves, “how do I fit into the big picture?” when considering life beyond the university system. He gave two models that included seeing a systems view of the world.

Biofilms are bacteria that form in moist environments adhering to a variety of surfaces as a slimy, glue-like substance, including the plaque on your teeth and crud that gums up your shower drain. Biofilm Researchers study the impact that this bacteria has on the environment and public health. Dr. Paulson touched on several areas outside of Biofilm Research itself that are important to understand in order to have a successful career in the field, including Business, Psychology, Culture and Society. “Specialize in many areas,” he encouraged. “You may not think marketing or sales are important to learn as a Biofilms Researcher, but they are.” He advised students to seek out a mentor and join Toastmasters to polish their communication skills. “Don’t be like everyone else,” he warned. Finally, he discussed the importance of seeing the whole picture and of the small picture to succeed in your career.    

Dr. Paulson was invited to speak at Montana State University as part of the Fall 2012 Center for Biofilm Engineering Speaker Series, which highlights a different speaker each week throughout the Fall Semester. For more information about the Center for Biofilm Engineering, visit http://www.biofilm.montana.edu. To learn more about Bioscience Laboratories and Dr. Paulson, visit http://www.biosciencelabs.com.

BioScience Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1991 in Bozeman, MT, to provide antimicrobial product testing and result interpretation grounded in science. Bioscience Laboratories Inc. strives to assist its clients in strengthening their current market positions through product testing and aid in the development of new products and new markets. Today, BioScience Laboratories offers a variety of state-of-the-art laboratory services and guidance regarding federal regulatory agency requirements for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, personal care and consumer products markets.

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