The Research Institute’s Trainee Association (RITA)

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.

Click here to download the 2016 RITA Welcome Booklet for new trainees.

Visit the RITA Facebook group!

RITA Steering Committee

Officers

Nizar Saad
 

Nizar Saad
Co-RITA Chair

Stephanie LaHaye
 

Stephanie LaHaye
Co-RITA Chair

Afrooz Rashnonejad
 

Afrooz Rashnonejad
Postdoctoral Representative

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Jenna Sandala
Graduate Student Representative

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Rachael Hardison
Interim Networking and Resource Development Officer

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Adrianna Matos Nieves
Community Outreach Officer

Shibi Likhite
 

Shibi Likhite
International Representative

Caitlin Pope
 

Caitlin Pope
Professional Development Officer

Administrative Coordinators

Katie Campbell
 

Katie Campbell
Director of Research Safety & Training Resources

Sara Marchionda
 

Sara Marchionda
Research Education Coordinator