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Genetics & Education Fellowship

Application Deadline: April 25, 2014 

 

 

Sponsored by:

The American Society of Human Genetics

The National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health

 

Background

 

Rapid advances in genetics and genomics research have been paralleled by innovations in education, especially those involving effective uses of technology and evidence-based teaching. Inquiry, backward design, formative assessment, and peer instruction are just a few examples of principles that have been demonstrated to improve teaching and learning. However, those principles are not ubiquitous in educational programs. Similarly, public education efforts and the formal genetics curriculum lag behind our enriched understanding of genomic architecture, variation, and their effects on health and disease. For those reasons, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) co-sponsor the Genetics and Education Fellowship, which gives genetics professionals an opportunity to contribute to education program development and research at a national level.

 

The fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to education careers. This unique fellowship provides several experiences: working with NHGRI’s Education and Community Involvement Branch; working with the education department at ASHG; and an optional experience working with another organization involved in substantive science education initiatives. This variety of assignments challenges fellows to view genomics education from several critical viewpoints, to better understand how to effect improvements, to contribute directly to educational program development, and to build a professional network that advances their careers in education.

 

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Program Overview

 

Purpose: This is a fellowship program designed for genetics professionals with an advanced degree who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of national genomics literacy efforts, informal science education, science education policy, program development, or science education research. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in genetics education program development at the NHGRI and ASHG and to work directly with other organizations involved in genetics education (optional).


Duration of Fellowship: 16 months


Start Date: August to early September (negotiable)


Compensation Package: annual $60k stipend plus benefits


Designated Mentor(s):

  • Vence Bonham, J.D.
    Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch, NHGRI
     

  • Carla Easter, Ph.D.
    Deputy Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch, NHGRI
     

  • Michael Dougherty, Ph.D.
    Director of Education, ASHG


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Rotations (schedule approximate)

 

Sept. - Dec. 2014 Education and Community Involvement Branch, Division of Policy, Communications, and Education at NHGRI: Participate as a member of the Branch on a variety of projects related to genomics education.
Jan. - Sept. 2015 American Society of Human Genetics: Participate in educational research and/or program development involving a range of audiences, including K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professional, and the public.
Oct. - Dec. 2015 Public or private organization involved in genetics education, e.g., Smithsonian Institution, National Science Foundation, educational foundations, museums, curriculum development groups (optional): Participate in educational program administration, grant oversight and evaluation, science policy development, curriculum development, public outreach.

 

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Activities

 

The activities of the fellow will vary with each rotation. They may include research and analysis, curriculum development, faculty development, public outreach, etc. on a wide range of genetics education issues affecting formal or informal K-16 education, professional training, and/or the educational implications arising from the translation of genomics into medicine. The fellow will participate in a variety of forums and represent the involved organizations effectively in individual meetings and larger settings.


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Qualifications and Skills

 

Candidates must have an advanced degree in human genetics or a related field and prior experience in education. Ideally, candidates will have completed graduate training, but be early in the career development path. In addition to possessing a scientific knowledge base, the candidate must have a well-articulated interest in science education and demonstrated skills in oral and written communications. United States citizenship is not required, but candidates must be eligible to work in in the U.S. (i.e., the fellowship organizations will not sponsor visas).
 

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Selection Process

 

A committee of representatives from ASHG and NHGRI will review application materials, interview finalists, and recommend up to three candidates to the organizational leaders for the final selection decision. Candidates are asked in the application materials to explain their motivation, areas of interest, and future plans.


Submit an Application
 

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Contact

 

Questions can be directed to:
 

Michael J. Dougherty, Ph.D.

Director of Education
American Society of Human Genetics
E-mail: mdougherty@ashg.org
 

Vence L. Bonham, J.D.
Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH
E-mail: bonhamv@mail.nih.gov

 

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