It's Time for a Science FARE!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

For the past 21 years, the Fellows’ Award for Research Excellence (FARE) has been awarded annually to the top IRP research amongst graduate students, postdocs, and clinical fellows in NIH IRP research groups. Winners receive $1000 to present their work at a scientific meeting—a crucial component of fellows’ training and career development.

Speaking at the NIH Research Festival in September, Michael Gottesman, M.D., the NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research said, “The real research is being done by the fellows, by the students.” These awards are meant to commend those researchers doing outstanding work at the NIH.

“[The NIH] encourages people to go beyond their boundaries and explore novel areas of research,” explained postdoc Orestis Panagiotou, M.D., Ph.D., a 2016 FARE winner. “It’s a great place to work.”

Panagiotou and colleagues investigated the effect of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on pregnancy outcomes in Costa Rica. Listen to more about Panagiotou’s award-winning work in the video below, which was recorded at the NIH Research Festival.

NIH doctoral candidate Alisa Suen was also a 2016 FARE winner. She is particularly interested in reproductive toxicology and chose her research group because they are among the best labs for environmental estrogen exposure and uterine cancer.

When asked about her experience at the NIH, Suen said, “It’s a great place to be, one of the best places to do research. You can’t beat the NIH.” Watch the video below to hear more about Suen’s research, which she also presented at the NIH Research Festival.

The FARE subcommittee is run by the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom), the postdoc/fellows organization in the IRP. FelCom meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall (Building 1). All fellows are welcome!

Learn more about FelCom and get ready for FARE 2017—applications will open in Mid-February and close in Mid-March.

Category: Science