By the NICHD Fellows Committee
Do you have ideas, big or small, to make the training environment at NICHD even better? Do you feel like we need to strengthen our community with more communication, cross-pollination, and social events? Are there any resources you'd like to see available to us?
Nearly a year ago, a group of NICHD fellows who answered yes to these questions came together with a goal to foster communication among fellows, our mentors, and the general public. This group became the NICHD Fellows Committee. Today, the Committee continues to disseminate information, provide opportunities for networking, and foster a spirit of collegiality.¿
In the year that the Committee has been active, we have formed strong ties with NICHD leadership, developing a convenient platform to discuss our ideas/wants/needs within the committee as well as presenting them upwards if needed.
The Committee has already established a mission of communication and a set of core activities, but so much more is possible. In our partnership with the NICHD leadership, the Committee is and will continue to be a driving force in the NICHD community; our future possibilities are wide open.
The core activities of the Committee include production of a fellows newsletter, organization of fellow gatherings, and formation of semi-monthly meetings to discuss how we can broaden our career opportunities through our training at the NICHD.
The time commitment to be part of the NICHD Fellows Committee is minimal, but the payout is substantial. The committee meets every other month (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov) for one hour. Committee members are expected to occasionally contribute to the newsletter in the form of an article, interview, or idea. Finally, members can help make the mission of the committee possible by contributing during committee meetings or simply communicating more in their own labs.
If you are excited about the future of science, help make the NICHD shoot ahead of the power curve and continue to be one of the leading places in the world for the preparation of future scientists, policy makers, writers, consultants, and other careers that can benefit from world-class training.¿
Interested? Please contact Brenda Hanning at firstname.lastname@example.org