Is this your first volunteer position for BPS? If not, what other positions have you held? Yes, I started as an Early Careers Committee (ECC) member and became the Chair after serving and actively participating for three years. This is my first year as Chair of the ECC and although it has added responsibilities, I have really enjoyed interacting more with other ECC members and BPS remotely, especially through the pandemic. Why do you volunteer? The Biophysical Society is highly supportive and volunteer- ing with other biophysicists has been an integral part of my career development. It is a great way to meet other scientists from all over the world. Volunteering for ECC has also an awe- some opportunity to mentor and inspire the next generation. Grants & Opportunities NIH: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) This grant seeks to support programs that include inno- vative approaches to enhance biomedical engineering de- sign education to ensure a future workforce that can meet the nation’s needs in biomedical research and healthcare technologies. Who can apply: US Institutions that propose to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses or programs in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or other degree-granting programs with biomedical engineering tracks/minors Deadline: May 28 Website: https:/grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/ PAR-19-215.html
What has been a highlight from your volunteer experience? A highlight for me is organizing the graduate student break- fast for the Annual Meeting. This is a great way to meet student members and provide career resources. Do you have advice for others who might be thinking about volunteering? I would encourage others to consider volunteering for BPS at any stage of their scientific career. It is a great way to net- work, learn about different research, external educational and career opportunities. When not volunteering for BPS, what do you work on? When I am not in the lab or thinking about science of the inner ear course, I enjoy hikes with my dog and spending time with friends and family.
Cottrell Scholar Award This award honors and helps to develop outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientif- ic communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills. This award provides entry into a national community of outstanding scholar-educators who produce significant research and educational outcomes. Who can apply: Early career tenure-track faculty at US and Canadian research universities and primarily under- graduate institutions. Deadline: July 1 Website: https:/ rescorp.org/cottrell-scholars/ cottrell-scholar-award
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