Mentor of the Year Awards poster, details in textMentor of the Year Awards: Accepting Nominations Now!

Do you have an outstanding mentor?

The time has come for you to nominate your fellow or PI for the 2019 NICHD Mentor of the Year Awards. This is your chance to recognize an individual in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) or Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR) whose mentoring has made a difference in your life at the NIH!

Below is the link to obtain information about the NICHD’s two annual intramural Mentor of the Year Awards, one for a fellow and one for an investigator. Please submit your nomination form and a 500-word (maximum) narrative electronically to Dr. Erin Walsh ( The submission deadline is Monday, July 29, 2019.

Please contact the Office of Education if you have any questions about the nomination instructions or selection process.

Congrats to our 2019 NICHD Best Postbac Poster Winners

During the 2019 Postbac Poster Day on May 2, 2019, NICHD postdocs and graduate students selected the postbac poster presentations from our institute that scored within the top 25 percent. The judging criteria were based on the fellow’s knowledge of the lab’s research, the fellow’s ability to describe the project clearly, and the design and layout of the poster, highlighting hypothesis-driven questions.

Congratulations to the 2019 NICHD "Best” postbac poster winners!

  • Sophie Bice
  • Angelique Ealy
  • Alexandra Fister
  • Sarah Frail
  • Mitchell Lee
  • Brooke Meader
  • Jacob Noeker
  • Richard Pan
  • LauraAnn Schmidberger
  • Mai-Han Trinh
  • Sanan Venkatesh
  • Josette Wlaschin
  • Joseph Yano
  • Mojgan Yazdankhah

The 2019 NIH-Wide Awards from Postbac Poster Day

Congratulations to our postbacs who received an Outstanding Poster Award during the NIH-wide competition, hosted by the Office of Intramural Training and Education, during the 2019 Postbac Poster Day. The following NICHD postbacs authored posters that scored in the top 20 percent of all posters presented.

  • Marie Cronin
  • Joy Cui
  • Caroline Donahue
  • Ariel Eraso
  • Alexandra Fister
  • Sarah Frail
  • Ryan Gober
  • Kathryn Johnston
  • Jenna Kanner
  • Ross Kaufhold
  • Mandy Lai
  • Mitchell Lee
  • Brooke Meader
  • Jacob Noeker
  • Constandina O’Connell
  • LauraAnna Schmidberger
  • Ndhea Terry
  • Gerard Walker

To see award recipients from other institutes, please visit

NICHD Postbacs on the Move!

We are pleased to announce that our postbacs will attend a number of professional schools this coming school year.

Big congratulations to our postbacs on a job well done. Check out where they will be heading:


George Washington University 

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine

Kansas City University

NIH-Johns Hopkins Graduate Partnership Program

University of Arizona

University of Michigan

Duke University

Thomas Jefferson University

Emory University

Stanford University

Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

Northeastern University

Columbia University Teachers College

University of Massachusetts

University of Miami

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Summer Workshops, Save the Dates!

Informational Session for Future PRAT Applicants

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Building 31, Room 2A48

The NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program supports postdoctoral fellowships within the NIH Intramural Research Program. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States with no more than two years of postdoctoral experience at NIH by the time of appointment to the PRAT program. The deadline is October 3. More information about the program can be found at

Postdoc applicants must now apply with the NIH Fi2 funding mechanism, and all applications must be submitted via

If you are planning to apply, the Office of Education is offering this session to discuss in detail how to prepare for the application submission, and more importantly, provide you with some valuable documents.

Please email Dr. Erin Walsh ( if you plan to attend.

Faculty Positions: Options Beyond the Traditional

Tuesday, July 23, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

This two-part seminar will be led by Dr. Sydella Blatch. Dr. Blatch was an associate professor of biology at a primarily undergraduate institution and recently transitioned to a career in science administration, now working in the NIAID intramural training office.

As grad students and postdocs, we get a lot of exposure to research-based faculty positions, but what other kinds of faculty jobs are out there? Come to one or both parts of this seminar to learn about academic faculty positions that vary based on their emphasis in teaching, research, and institutional service.

Part I (60 min): Find out what it can be like for faculty at mid-sized and small universities, liberal arts and community colleges, and other kinds of faculty appointments at research-intensive universities such as lecturers and research professors.

Part II (30 min): Learn what kinds of experience and skills in teaching, research, and service make applicants competitive for these types of faculty positions. Discover what you can work on now and ways to convey your skills in the job application.

Please contact Dr. Erin Walsh ( if you plan to attend.

Grant Writing Workshop

Monday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will be led by Grant Writing Mentors, a team of experts with careers in academic research, grant writing and peer review, grants management, federal policy, and scientific writing. Mentors will address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal writing process, including how NIH research grant proposals are prepared and reviewed.

Specific topics to be covered include:

  • Thinking strategically about your career
  • Using RePORTER to search for funding information from funding sources such as the NIH
  • Understanding Funding Opportunity Announcements with a focus on the K22/K99
  • Peer review and how funding decisions are made
  • Key elements of a successful grant application

There will also be four afternoon breakout sessions:

  • Physician Scientists—the Rewards and Challenges
  • Writing Your Specific Aims
  • Mapping Your NIH Research Career
  • 10 Writing Rules to Increase Your Chances for Funding

There are only 15 slots for NICHD fellows. If you would like to register, please email Dr. Erin Walsh (

Public Speaking Workshop: Giving Scientific Talks

Monday, August 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

“Speaking about Science” is a highly interactive workshop led by public speaking coach Scott Morgan. The core of this workshop is a nine-step preparation process that ensures a clear and engaging talk for a variety of audiences. Learn strategies for improving your delivery of lab talks or giving presentations at big meetings.

Topics include: presenting data, identifying theme and focus, creating effective visual aids, and beginning and ending a talk. Participants in this program will also have the opportunity to schedule an individual one-hour coaching session prior to a scheduled presentation.

To register for this workshop, please email Dr. Erin Walsh (