Whenever I talk to former fellows who have secured their dream jobs, almost all of them have one experience in common: they attended as many career development workshops as possible. I can’t stress enough the importance of utilizing the resources provided by the NICHD Office of Education. Hey, without their support, you wouldn’t be reading this newsletter!
This month, we offer three event recaps that highlight some of the office’s activities:
- "The Secret Insider's View on Teaching-Based Professorships"
If you’ve considered a teaching-based career, check out Dr. Anna Roberts-Pilgrim’s summary of last month’s teaching-based professorship workshop led by Dr. Sydella Blatch, associate professor of Biology at Stevenson University, Maryland. You might be surprised to learn how many hours per week Dr. Blatch spent at work in the beginning of her professorship.
- “Mock NIH Grant Study Section”
For fellows who plan to submit a grant application in the near future, Dr. Suna Gulay recounts the Mock NIH Grant Study Section, a unique experience available to NICHD fellows. To steal from the previous workshop’s title, this really is a “secret insider’s view” on how grant study sections operate.
- “Acing the Interview”
No matter what your next career step is, you’ll likely need to have an interview. Dr. Yvette Pittman from the NICHD Office of Education reviews a recent BioCareers webinar on important points before, during, and after the interview process.
But before you catch up on any workshops you may have missed, please join The NICHD Connection in welcoming our new principal investigator, Dr. Claire E. Le Pichon, Unit on the Development of Neurodegeneration. Learn about her career experiences and exciting new research here.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Please send questions, comments, and ideas to Shana.Spindler@gmail.com. We love to hear from you!