The “I am Intramural” Series

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Monday, November 17, 2014

In 2010, the Intramural Research Program (IRP) launched an initiative to better understand what being part of the IRP means to our community of scientists, support staff, and trainees. The project included online and on-campus activities and the initiation of a Twitter account—all designed to probe for both quantitative and qualitative responses to the question:

“What does being part of the IRP mean to you?”

The responses were clear—being part of the IRP was strongly associated with a sense of inclusion and a desire to make a difference. A deeper dive into the responses resulted in four overarching themes:

  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Freedom & Flexibility
  • Access to Resources
  • “I make a difference”

The IRP blog was designed to give our researchers a platform to discuss their work and to explore the above themes in more depth. Look forward to hearing more about their day-to-day endeavors and what being part of the IRP means to them.

In the meantime, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving us a comment below, telling us "What does the IRP mean to you?"

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Kathy Higinbotham
November 17, 2014, 3:27 pm

After 13 satisfying years in the laboratory, my career pathway veered in a very gratifying direction due to a cancer diagnosis. Active in cancer support groups, I often heard others encourage fellow survivors based upon the hope that there would be new treatments coming out of the research pipeline. I focused on how I could join the efforts to speed up the pathway through that pipeline and moved from the lab to the NCI Technology Transfer Center. After 15 years in this office, I still feel the passion to speed up the pipeline and am gratified to work with so many others who feel and live the mission.