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1 Research the NIH Pat Sokolove, PhD Deputy Director NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education

2 NIH Mission Science* in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems AND the application* of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability*. * Ranging from chemistry and computational biology to behavioral science; translational research; nationally and globally

3 Core Mission Components Conducting research in its own laboratories and on its own projects (intramural research) Providing support for research conducted outside the NIH (extramural research) Training research investigators Fostering the communication of medical information


5 The Intramural Research Program 22 ICs with labs/research projects in Bethesda, MD Frederick, MD – NCI Baltimore, MD – NIA and NIDA Research Triangle Park, NC – NIEHS Rocky Mountain Labs, MT – NIAID Phoenix, AZ – NIDDK Detroit, MI – NICHD Framingham, MA - NHLBI

6 The Main NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD

7 Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center  admits patients as part of clinical trials only  240 beds  7,000 inpatient admissions a year  9,750 new patients a year  72,600 outpatient visits a year  900 active clinical protocols

8 How Many Researchers Are at the NIH? 3800 Postdoctoral Fellows 485 Graduate Students 700 Postbacs 1200 Summer Interns 75 Medical Students 250 Tenure-track Investigators 900 Tenured Investigators 1300 Staff Scientists 300 Staff Clinicians

9 NIH Budget in FY 2009: $30.6 Billion Spending Outside NIH $25.7 B Spending at NIH $4.9 B AmountExpenditure 10.39%$3.2B intramural 10,000 intramural scientists & research personnel 5.17%$1.6BRM&S and OD Oversight 0.44%$0.1BB&F 16.0% 84.0% extramural 84% of the total NIH budget supports over 325,000 extramural scientists and research personnel at more than 3,000 institutions nationwide.

10 What Can the NIH Offer You? Resources - access to outstanding mentors, new technologies and state-of-the-art research facilities Science seminars, workshops, and courses Exciting programs in all NIH Institutes & Centers Leadership and personal development opportunities Communication skills workshops Opportunities to learn about many different science careers Workshops to help you successfully take “the next step” Access to the OITE Career Services Center

11  Apply your book knowledge  Improve your communication and interpersonal skills  Experience new areas of science  Explore opportunities; “try on” your future career  Build your social and professional network  See new places and make new friends Why Do a Summer Internship?

12  Use your imagination  Surf the Web  Visit the career center at your school  Talk to your professors  Talk to your friends  Talk to us! Finding Internship Opportunities

13 Programs for College Students Summer Internship Program (SIP)  Summer research experience at all levels  Workshops and other educational experiences Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)  Scholarship support during the academic year  Summer research experience  Payback obligation after graduation

14 Summer Internship Program Eight - ten week research experience at all levels  High School  College  Medical/Dental  Graduate (MS, PhD, PharmD, PsyD, etc.) Workshops and other educational opportunities Access to pre-professional and pre-graduate advising End-of-summer poster session

15 The Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) Provides up to $20,000/yr to cover educational expenses for undergraduates Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident GPA ≥ 3.5 Financial need Major in a field relevant to biomedical research Payback requirement: one summer and one year at the NIH as an employee for each year of support received

16 For Recent College Graduates Postbac IRTA Program  One - two year focused research experience in an NIH lab (on all campuses)  Many workshops and educational programs  Pre-professional and pre-graduate advising NIH Academy  A postbac program focused on domestic health disparities  All fellows live together near the Bethesda campus

17 The Graduate Partnerships Program Students work in NIH lab for all or part of their dissertation research PhD is granted by home university Two types of partnerships:  Individual agreement  Institutional agreement

18 Incredible research resources and breadth of research Cooperative and collaborative environment Amazing quality and quantity of visiting lecturers Many opportunities to present research on and off campus Wealth of opportunities for career development Networking opportunities What Do Trainees Say About NIH?

19 OITE Mission Helping trainees in the NIH Intramural Research Program develop scientific and professional skills to become leaders in the biomedical research community

20 Special Events at the NIH Poster Days  Summer Poster Day  Postbac Poster Day NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair GPP Retreat Graduate Student Research Symposium NIH Career Symposium

21 Applications: General principles Before you begin writing, read Follow directions Submit early Ensure that everything you submit is:  Grammatically perfect  Clearly expressed  Well organized

22 Your contact information A cover letter Your résumé or CV Letters of recommendation A transcript or a list of your courses and grades An Application Typically Includes:

23 Contact Information Be thoughtful about Your address Material added after your signature on your messages The message on your answering machine

24  Your chance to convince the reader that you would be the perfect “fit” for the program and/or lab  Do not rehash your resume; point out highlights and special qualifications  Be complete, but brief  Use concrete examples  Pay particular attention to describing your research interests Cover Letters

25  A concise representation of your educational and professional history  Should include:  contact information  schools attended, dates, and degrees received  honors and awards  research and work experience (include volunteering; list skills using power verbs)  publications Your Résumé

26 Should be from teachers who know you well Must address your scientific knowledge base and relevant personal traits Can be from a boss or someone outside of school but only if they can discuss similar qualities Start thinking about who can write you strong letters of support early in your education Letters of Recommendation

27 List all of your courses, including those you are currently enrolled in, unless directed otherwise. If you are a first-semester college freshman include information on your high school grades Organize your list Invest the time to make the list easy to read Courses and Grades

28 Contact faculty to express an interest in their lab Apply to multiple programs - flexibility helps If you don’t get in…don’t give up! What Next?

29 build your career, shape the future Contact the OITE Sharon Milgram, PhDDebbie Cohen Director, OITESummer & Postbac Programs Yolanda Mock Hawkins, PhDPat Sokolove, PhD NIH AcademyDeputy Director, OITE

30 Useful Web Sites Training at NIH (OITE): NIH Annual Reports: NIH Enterprise Directory (NED):

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