And we're back...
Why are you here? Not the proverbial question of your existence, but the question of why you chose the NICHD for your research endeavors. We each have a different reason for coming to the NIH. For some, specific labs pique their interests. For others, the atmosphere of multidisciplinary collaboration is magnetic. And for many of these fellows, the NIH has far exceeded their expectations.
This month, NICHD fellows share their thoughts on working at the NIH. Dr. Parmit Singh, visiting fellow from India, describes his path to higher education and how the NIH has shaped his life. His sincere words offer thanks to all of the members of our community who have offered guidance and support in his pursuit of scientific progress and education.
Postbac Jeffery Head describes an unanticipated experience volunteering at the NIH Children’s Inn, where he solidified his connection with the NICHD research mission. If you are a junior trainee who would like to learn more about activities outside the lab, check out Amanda Krause’s recap from last month’s postbac orientation.
For our more senior fellows, Dr. Yvette Pittman presents an excellent guide on preparing for your K99/R00 grant application submission, complete with a tip sheet containing advice from previous K99/R00 NICHD applicants. If you plan to apply for a K99/R00 in the near future, print this guide and tape it above your computer monitor!
But wait, that’s not all! In this issue, you will also find an elegant study from the Bonifacino and Hegde labs in our “Hot Off the Press” column and some very entertaining images from last month’s NIH-wide relay race.
It's good to be back!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Questions, comments, ideas? Please contact me at Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.