The Business of Science: Your Guide to Career Success

A new training for fellows and graduate students preparing for their professional career transition
Starting in April—Register now!

We will offer this certificate program by SciPhD as a four-day course in April and May at the NIH. Enrollment will be open for 40 NICHD trainees.

The course is designed to help academic scientists prepare for their next positions in academia, industry, or government—research or non-research. Students will experience hands-on learning of the business and social skills necessary to succeed in the professional world.

At present, the course is also offered at highly respected research institutes, such as New York University, University of California San Francisco, University of California Irvine, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Ninety percent of the people who applied for jobs while taking the course reported that The Business of Science helped them land an interview or job offer!

Throughout the program, you will have the exciting opportunity to:

  • Discover the many career paths in which having a PhD can make you a competitive job candidate
  • Develop your professional communication, mentoring, project management and negotiating skills, as well as your financial literacy
  • Research a job ad and identify the scientific, business, and social skills that the company is looking for
  • Develop a targeted resume that demonstrates your specific qualifications
  • Expand your science network
  • Take part in mock interviews that will prepare you for your own job searches

Course instructors will hone into common research practices that academic scientists are already familiar with, to help in the understanding of business concepts, and to demonstrate how your own experiences can mold you into a competitive job candidate.

The certificate program schedule: four, full-day sessions (9 AM – 5 PM) as follows:

Session 1

Business of Science, and CommunicationsMonday, April 1

Session 2

Developing People, Negotiating with your Advisor, and Building Effective Teams

Monday, April 15
Session 3

Applied Communication & Networking, and Financial Literacy

Friday, May 3
Session 4Negotiating Total Compensation & Leadership Styles, and Project Management, Wrap-up & GraduationMonday, May 20

If you would like to register, please contact Dr. Erin Walsh (erin.walsh@nih.gov).


Registration Open for Annual NICHD Fellows Meeting

The 15th Annual Meeting for Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows and Graduate Students will take place on Friday, May 31, 2019. This year’s retreat will be held at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. 

This meeting will allow you to step away from the lab for a day to network with your NICHD colleagues, participate in a career exploration session, and learn more about the recent developments in our intramural research programs. More details soon to follow.

Registration will open on Monday, March 25th at http://retreat.nichd.nih.gov.

Don’t forget to sign up early; space is limited to 110 fellows!


Are You A Budding Photographer? Check This Out

Vector illustration of a cameraThe NICHD Office of Education is seeking a fellow with photography experience for the upcoming fellows retreat. Your photography of the event will appear in the retreat recap issue of The NICHD Connection this summer. If you are interested, please contact Nicki Swan (jonasnic@mail.nih.gov) for additional details.


Communicate Your Research to the Public

Did you know? The NICHD Office of Communications posts intramural research findings on the institute’s social media accounts. They’re looking for fellows to discuss their work and pose for pictures in the lab, to offer a behind-the-scenes look at research. If you are interested or have biomedical art images to share, please contact Linda Huynh, PhD, at linda.huynh@nih.gov. Check out this profile of Dr. Keiko Ozato that Dr. Huynh recently authored!

If you have an accepted manuscript that is potentially newsworthy for the general public, please email the office’s press team at nichdpress@mail.nih.gov before the paper is published. Include a copy of the manuscript and a brief, plain language explanation on why the work is important.


NIH Grant Writing Course

Are you planning to apply for a NIH research grant in 2019? There are various application due dates for NIH grants, and we are offering a grant writing course that’s just for you!

In collaboration with three other institutes, we are offering an NIH Grant Writing Course for fellows this May. Led by Dr. Paula Gregory (Professor, Department of Genetics, Louisiana State University), this course will help students prepare a successful NIH grant proposal, with special emphasis on the career transition “K” grant series. With high reviews from past participants, NHGRI has offered this course for several years, and as a result, many of their fellows have been awarded NIH grants!                      

In a small-group setting, classes will combine didactic presentations with group discussions, assignments, and proposal writing. A distance learning component will allow you to submit writings between the in-person meetings and receive edits and valuable feedback. Participants will also conduct an NIH mock study section. During the process of scoring real grant applications, trainees will learn about the review process and the key aspects of a successful application.

Below is the schedule for this on-campus course (must attend all sessions):

  • May 2: 1 PM - 4 PM
  • May 3: 9 AM - 12 PM
  • May 23: 11 AM - 4 PM
  • May 24: 9 AM - 12 PM
  • May 30: 1 PM - 4 PM
  • May 31: 9 AM - 12 PM

There are four spots available for NICHD fellows. 

If you would like to join this course, please email Dr. Erin Walsh at erin.walsh@nih.gov and indicate which NIH grant you are planning to apply for.


Clinical and Translational Research Course for PhD Students and Postdocs

The annual Clinical and Translation Research Course at the NIH Clinical Center is accepting applications beginning February 1, 2019, for this summer’s course, which will run July 8–19, 2019.

This course is ideal for graduate students or postdocs who are interested in learning about how PhD scientists can contribute to translational research. No prior clinical experience is required.

For a course overview, eligibility requirements, application submission and selection process, please visit the course website (Clinical and Translation Research Course).


The 2020 FARE Competition for Intramural NIH Is Now Open

An opportunity to win a $1500 travel award

The FARE (Fellows Award for Research Excellence) competition provides recognition for outstanding scientific research. The 2020 winners will receive a $1500 travel award for a scientific meeting you plan to attend during the 2020 fiscal year. Eligible fellows may submit an abstract online starting February 13, 2019 through March 13, 5 p.m., at http://www2.training.nih.gov/transfer/fareapp.

The FARE 2020 competition is open to postdoctoral IRTAs, pre-IRTAs, visiting fellows, and other fellows with less than five years total of intramural postdoctoral experience. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously based on scientific merit, originality, experimental design, and overall quality/presentation.

Find more information at https://www.training.nih.gov/felcom/fare.


Recruiting NICHD Postdoc & Graduate Student Judges for the 2019 NIH Postbac Poster Day!

Please contact Dr. Erin Walsh at erin.walsh@nih.gov if you would like to help judge the NICHD postbaccalaureate fellows' posters in May. We would like to recruit a few postdoc and graduate student judges to visit about five posters each, and attend a meeting to select the three “best poster” winners for 2019. This can be a great learning experience for both the judges and postbac trainees!

Postbac Poster Day will take place on Thursday, May 2, at the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about the event, please visit https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_poster_day.


Genetics Policy and Genetics Education Fellowship Opportunities

From the American Society of Human Genetics website:

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 Genetics and Public Policy, and Genetics Education and Engagement fellowships. 

These fellowships are cosponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

The Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to a policy career. This unique fellowship provides three separate types of policy experience: within NHGRI’s Policy and Program Analysis Branch; on Capitol Hill serving elected officials in the Legislative Branch; and at ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector.

The Genetics Education and Engagement fellowship program is designed for genetics professionals (or life scientists with substantial experience in genetics or genomics) who: have an advanced degree, are early in their careers, and are interested in developing and implementing genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, and/or professional development initiatives for audiences at all educational or career levels. The fellow will participate in rotations at the NHGRI and ASHG, and typically a third organization involved in genetic and genomic literacy, engagement, diversity, or professional development.

For more information, and to apply, visit Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship and Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship.


Save the Dates: Applying to Medical or Graduate School Soon?

Lunchtime Sessions for Postbacs
Monday, March 11 & Wednesday, April 17 (12 noon – 1 p.m.)

The Office of Education is hosting two panel sessions to answer your questions about applying and interviewing for graduate or medical school.

On Monday, March 11, postbacs who were recently accepted into MD programs will share with you their application and interviewing experiences.

And on Wednesday, April 17, hear about the experiences of postbacs who were recently accepted into PhD or MD/PhD programs.

Topics may include: what to consider when selecting programs to apply to; tips for preparing a strong application; interviewing tips and strategies; key factors to consider when choosing a program; how to handle being wait-listed; and what panelists wish they had known or done differently during the process. Feel free to come prepared with your own questions!

To register, contact Dr. Erin Walsh (erin.walsh@nih.gov).


Save the Date: NIH 24th Annual “Take Your Child to Work Day”

Thursday, April 25, 9 AM – 4 PM

Bring your children in grades 1-12 and inspire them to explore career paths in science and public service at our nation's biomedical research agency. Together, you and your children can choose from over 100 activities, from exploring NIH labs and technology, to being a hands-on genetic researcher, to learning about the day-to-day life of social workers, chemists, dieticians, peer reviewers and more. Activities are available at on- and off-campus locations.

Children in grades 6-12 will also be able to register to volunteer to help with activities and may be able to earn Student Service Learning (SSL) credit, if offered by your school or school district. Please check with your school's SSL coordinator to find out if this volunteer opportunity meets your school's requirements. 

Encourage your co-workers, your supervisor, and your colleagues/friends to participate and mark your calendars. Key registration dates are listed below: 

March 21 at 12 noon: Pre-registration (Site opens for you to enter your child/ren's information and preview activities ONLY).

**This year's registration will be conducted in two phases.**

April 4 at 12 noon: Registration Phase 1 (Register child/ren for up to 2 limited space activities each).

April 10 at 12 noon: Registration Phase 2 (Register child/ren for up to 2 additional limited space activities for a maximum of 4 limited space activities).

More information will be sent out in March, so look for upcoming announcements via e-mails and Twitter.

The Office of Research Services, Program and Employee Services is the primary sponsor of TYCTWD 2019. Please e-mail any questions and comments to Take-Your-Child-To-Work@nih.gov.

If you are on Twitter, please follow @NIHEmplSrvcs for more TYCTWD information and announcements (by using #MyNIHDay), plus find out about all of the other employee services we provide to assist you with balancing work and family.