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Preparing the next generation: announcing the Butler-Williams Scholars Program

Posted by Georgiana Bostean on Jul 24, 2013 - 3:28 pm
It was a privilege to be a member of the first cohort of the newly-renamed Butler-Williams Scholars Program. The program gave us the opportunity to meet and engage with prominent scholars in the aging field, to learn how to successfully compete for NIH funding, and to develop networks with peers from diverse disciplines who share an interest in aging research. As a result of these interactions, I identified a new data source with which to address my research questions. Only days after the end of the program, I have already spoken with a Program Officer about potential grant mechanisms to fund my specific project and exchanged career development materials and advice with peers in the Program. Thank you to Dr. Bernard and all those who made the program a success!

Posted by Xiong Jiang on Aug 03, 2013 - 7:01 pm
I certainly agree with everything Georgiana says (and she says them really well :)). One thing I would like to add is that, as an attendee, you really have this great chance to talk to leaders in the aging field, program officers at NIA who will manage your application, and most of all, Dr. Bernard :), in person. All of them are really nice and very helpful. Personally I had asked them tons of questions, and really wished I had applied for the program a few years earlier, but I still feel I am blessed to have the chance to attend the program this year. I encourage you to apply early in your career, and wish everyone of you the best of luck!