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In any future career, you will need to be a skillful collaborator who can work with others towards a common goal. Collaboration is vital to success, whether you are in a research lab or in the field, in the classroom, on a committee, or in an office setting. Fruitful collaborations are founded on respect, open-mindedness, effective communication, and the ability to tolerate conflict (Beebe & Masterson, 2000; Bertcher, 1994). Successful collaborative groups demonstrate:

• Clear organization and expectations, with defined roles that arise from group members' strengths
• Multi-disciplinarity
• Joint dedication to a common goal
• Cohesion through shared ground rules and vocabulary
• Mutual respect, trust, and responsibility
• Integration

Additional Online Resources on Collaboration
• Boye, A. (2015). In consideration of effective group work. Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, Texas Tech University. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/tlpdc/Resources/Teaching_resources/TLPDC_teaching_resources/GroupWork.pdf

• Doyle, A. (2019). Collaboration skills. The Balance Careers. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/collaboration-skills-with-examples-2059686