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.
Vist the RITA Facebook group!
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.
RITA Chair: Lindsay Wallace
Resource Development Officer: Sara Koenig
Social Chair: Stephanie LaHaye
International Representative: Hemant Bid
Postdoctoral Representative: Cristina Capella-González
Graduate Student Representative: Carlee Schaefer
Katie Campbell, Manager of Research Safety & Training Resources
Lauren Kauffman, Research Education Coordinator
View Dr. Ed Kurg’s 2013 Trainee Week presentation: Postdoctoral Career Development in Today’sScientific and Global Economic Environment. Ed Krug, PhD, is an associate professor of regenerative medicine and cell biology, and associate dean of postdoctoral affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina.
All trainees are eligible to register as affiliate members of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) through Nationwide Children’s Hospital membership: