NOVA faculty, staff and students recently attended the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community College day on October 28. This annual event provided students, faculty and staff with a chance to visit the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and to learn about careers and educational opportunities in the biological, medical and health sciences.
Throughout the course of the day, students, faculty and staff interacted with NIH personnel representing the numerous research fields at NIH. NOVA was particularly well represented by various campuses including the students from the college-wide Honors Program and the WISE (Women in Search of Excellence) mentoring program at Woodbridge.
NOVA faculty and staff included Dr. John Sound (AL, Honors chair); Professor Camisha Parker (WO, Honors chair); Cameisha Chin (WO, WISE mentor); Dr. Amy Coren (AL); Dr. Andrew Lee (AL); Dr. Karla Henthorn (AN); Dr. Monique Colclough (WO, student services coordinator); Dr. Eric Voll (LO); professors Jill Caporale (AN), Shabana Meyering (WO) and Sara Mendoza de Granja (LO); and Roma Shahid (WO, financial aid assistant).
Students took part in panel discussions bringing together professionals from behavioral health, nursing, medicine and biomedical science. Students were encouraged to ask questions and get to know some of the work traditionally done in these areas. These networking events carried into the lunch hour when students sat down to lunch with NIH researchers in these various areas. The afternoon sessions held panels focusing on advice for student success. These panels included topics such as “Managing Stress,” “Enhancing Your Resume” and “Interview and Time Management Skills.” Moreover, several students were given a tour of the NIH research facilities by Honors students Charlotte Hepler and Brittany Spivey, who did their internships at NIH last summer.
For faculty, several presentations about the educational and outreach prospects provided by the NIH, including professional development opportunities for faculty, were held throughout the day. Faculty were provided with hands-on demonstrations of new classroom-ready resources. A networking lunch provided the chance for faculty and postdoctoral NIH fellows to meet and greet.
The concluding session focused on the NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP), which provides community college students with an opportunity for paid research internships at the NIH. The online application for CCSEP opens November 16 and closes January 4, 2017. For more information on this program, please encourage students to visit the CCSEP website.