Trainee Association :: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

The Research Institute's Trainee Association

The Research Institute’s Trainee Association (RITA) was created in 2013 to help better train and prepare trainees for their “next steps.” All trainees at The Research Institute may participate, including graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and fellows. RITA is similar to other postdoctoral associations at universities and is modeled after guidelines established by the National Postdoctoral Association (of which The Research Institute is a member). 

RITA’s leadership team consists of trainees nominated and elected by their peers. They receive guidance and assistance from an advisory committee of faculty co-advisors and research administrators who are dedicated to helping trainees.

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RITA Steering Committee

Trainee Database - This tool was created to assist our current trainees in collaborating with one another and to allow prospective trainees to examine our varied and impressive cohort of young scientists.

Trainee Association Calendar

Trainee Teaching Opportunities

Poster of the Week Program

Trainee Research Awards

RITA Steering Committee

RITA Officers

RITA Chair: Lindsay Wallace

Resource Development Officer: Carlee Schaefer

Networking & Professional Development Officer: Cristina Capella-González

International Representative: Nicolas Wein

Postdoctoral Representative: Ken Brockman

Graduate Student Representative: Les Sprague

Faculty Co-Directors:

Dawn Chandler, PhD
Heithem El Hodiri, PhD

Faculty Co-Advisors:

Samantha King, PhD
Lynette Rogers, PhD

Administrative Coordinators:

Katie Campbell, Manager of Research Safety & Training Resources
Sara Marchionda, Research Education Coordinator


Additional Information and Links


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