EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The mission of the Education Committee is to address professional development needs of RSA members at all stages of their careers, with a particular focus on mentoring, networking, scientific presentation and grantsmanship. The Education Committee is a very active committee that fosters the careers of young investigators through various events during the annual RSA meeting. Currently, this committee manages the annual Gordis awards for recognizing research excellence among students and postdoctoral fellows, organizes a student lunch so that students can network with senior investigators and NIAAA staff, and organizes a networking dinner for postdocs. The Education Committee also organizes grantsmanship and mentoring workshops at the annual RSA meeting, and matches senior investigators with young investigators who are attending the RSA meeting without their mentors. Members of the committee are expected to assist with the coordination of professional development activities at the annual meeting; promote networking among junior members through student- and postdoc-specific events and the meeting-mentor program; facilitate interactions between NIAAA staff and extramural trainees and faculty through events and workshops; and manage the Gordis Award competition for excellence in scientific presentations by students and postdoctoral fellows.