Congratulations to Our TmT Program Awardees

As the NICHD finalist, Jeremie Oliver (Graduate Student, D’Souza Laboratory, DIR) was selected to join the TmT competition on June 30, 2022, alongside fellows from NHGRI, NIDCR, NEI, NCATS, NIDCD, NIAID, NIDDK, NINDS, NIEHS and NLM.

We also want to congratulate all NICHD TmT participants this year on a job well done. Our semi-finalists include:

  • Marja Brolinson, MD (Clinical Fellow, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Program)
  • Jeremie Oliver (Graduate Student, D’Souza Laboratory)
  • Catherine Rogers (Postbac Fellow, Rogers Laboratory)
  • Alan Kessler, PhD (Postdoc Fellow, Maraia Laboratory)
  • Huang Lin, PhD (Postdoc Fellow, Peddada Laboratory)

Do You Have an Outstanding Mentor?

Mentor of the Year Awards poster, content recreated in previous textThe time has come for you to nominate your fellow or PI for the 2022 NICHD Mentor of the Year Awards. This is your chance to recognize an individual whose mentoring has made a difference in your life at the NICHD!

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 Ms. Veronica Harker ( 

The submission deadline is Friday, July 29, 2022.

Please contact the Office of Education if you have any questions about the nomination instructions or selection process. Information available at: Mentor of the Year Awards.

Science Writing Opportunities for All Fellows

Have you always wanted to try science writing? If you would like to write an article or suggest a topic for this newsletter, please contact our editor, Dr. Shana Spindler ( Have a great summer all!

NEXT MONTH: Virtual Summer Poster Day, August 3 & 4

The event will be hosted on Fourwaves. All visitors and participants must register on the event website to attend.

If you are a summer intern, Summer Research Presentation Week is your time to share the research and creative projects you have been conducting at the NIH with the broader NIH community and your family and friends! At the same time, you will develop your communication and networking skills.

More information about the event is available at the OITE Virtual Summer Presentation Day website.

SAVE THE DATE: OITE Epi and Behavioral Science Trainee Mixer

Monday, August 1, 2–3 p.m.

Please register, and a Zoom link will be provided to participants.

The OITE is hosting a virtual networking event for epi and behavioral-science trainees at the NIH! Epi and behavioral-science trainees are in almost every institute here at the NIH. You are doing critically important work that has a very direct impact on all of our lives. We’ve listened to feedback that you want to connect with other trainees doing similar types of science at NIH, so we are making it happen! Join us via zoom to get to know trainees from across the NIH, share your love for epi/behavioral science, and make sure you are taking advantage of all the NIH has to offer during your training. This event is recommended for postbacs, graduate students, and postdocs. 

SAVE THE DATE: The Graduate School Search and Application Process

Wednesday, August 3, 1–2 p.m.

For those of you applying to graduate school, join us for the next session of our Annual Postbac Seminar Series, “The Graduate School Search and Application Process,” led by Dr. Erin Walsh, Director of the NICHD Office of Education. We will discuss:

  • Different career paths requiring PhD training 
  • Types of graduate programs 
  • The process of searching for and ranking graduate programs that align with your interests, career goals and values 
  • How to find suitable labs (and mentors!) for your graduate training 
  • How to determine if you should consider taking the GRE

Please email Ms. Veronica Harker ( to register for this session.

NIH UNITE: Ending Structural Racism (ESR) Activities

The NIH UNITE initiative was established to identify and address structural racism within the NIH-supported and the greater scientific community. 

The ESR Intranet includes various resources like the Toolkit, Newsletter, FAQs, and other information.

UNITE Milestones and Progress and the Co-Chairs Corner (public ESR webpages) are other avenues to stay informed on UNITE efforts.