Now that your experiments are, hopefully, back in full swing from the shutdown, let’s shift focus to a little career development and training. Three of our NICHD fellows have written informative pieces for this month’s issue of The NICHD Connection.
Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Stephanie Cologna recaps the Grant Review/Mock Study Section workshop from mid-September. She describes, in detail, proposal submission and review as well as the various individuals who serve as contact points during each step of the granting process. Dr. Cologna also lists several hints from the mock study section and additional reading material that you might find useful.
Also for fellows who are writing a proposal—or scientific publication, job application, or personal statement—postdoctoral fellow Dr. Mikolaj J. Sulkowski introduces the NIH Fellows Editorial Board (FEB), a valuable editing resource on campus. The FEB is also a great volunteer opportunity for fellows who are interested in an editing career or for those who simply want to polish their editing skills.
Our final article this month reminds us of what it’s like to first step foot in a new lab. In the “Thoughts of a Postbac” column, our new postbac fellow Uma Srivastava describes her feelings during her first few weeks at the NIH. Her open approach allows us to remember our own experiences as new trainees, which can help shape our mentoring styles as we guide our junior members into a successful career.
I know October was a rough month, but looking forward, I hope you all have a renewed faith that the NIH is a treasured resource for our country. An outcry that the shutdown affected scientific funding was one of the first talking points to hit the media. While it might take a crisis to vocalize it, people care about what you do.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send your questions, comments, and contributions to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.