The Society for Neuroscience Announces First Cohort of Leadership Development Program
CHICAGO — The Society for Neuroscience announced the 15 neuroscience trainees in the inaugural class of the Leadership Development Program (LDP). This two-year pilot program, supported in part by the Dana Foundation, will offer professional development training for exceptional trainees and future leaders in the field of brain science. Awardees were selected from an outstanding group of high-performing graduate and postdoctoral recipients of SfN’s long-running Trainee Professional Development Award (TPDA).
“With support from the Dana Foundation, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand SfN’s professional development opportunities with high-quality leadership training for these incredibly talented early-career neuroscientists,” said SfN President Diane Lipscombe. “This program meets crucial areas of need in professional development for the next generation of leaders in neuroscience.”
The following graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have been selected for the LDP’s first cohort:
- Douglas Arneson, University of California Los Angeles
- Shana Augustin, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Silmara De Lima, Harvard Medical School – Boston Children's Hospital
- James Hentig, University of Notre Dame
- Jennifer Honeycutt, Northeastern University
- Holly Hunsberger, Columbia University
- Arjen Mol, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Elana Molotsky, Thomas Jefferson University
- Dhruv Patel, Rush University
- Madelyn Ray, Boston College
- Lace Riggs, University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Maria Calvo Rodriguez, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
- Aaron Rusheen, Mayo Clinic
- Melissa Tapia, University of Missouri
- Man Yi Yim, the University of Texas at Austin
In addition to the travel funding and online resources provided through the TPDA, the LDP will include an invitation to an in-person conference held in Washington, D.C. in early 2020, monthly distance learning, and funding to cover costs of supplemental training opportunities. Training will focus on topics typically not covered comprehensively in traditional academic or other training settings, such as adaptive leadership, strategic thinking, effective teamwork, and cultural competencies and inclusion.
The LDP represents another facet of the strong, long-term relationship between SfN and the Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation supports SfN’s annual Science Educator Award and also coordinates Brain Awareness Week, of which SfN is a partner.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of more than 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.