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Career Development Committee

 The mission of the Career Development Committee (CDC) is to promote and develop career assistance for ABRF members through job fairs, counseling, workshops and a mentoring program.

ABRF Mentoring Program:  The ABRF has initiated a new, exciting partnership with the National Research Mentorship Network (NRMN), a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide researchers across the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming. The NRMN is an NIH-funded organization that emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly within the professional research community.

Notice:  The ABRF Mentoring Program is on hiatus until May 1, 2018 while new NRMN tools are being developed.  

Fall 2016: CDC launched 2 pilot mentoring programs:

(a) One-on-One Mentoring (Mentor/Mentee pairs) in different core specialties (e.g., Genomics, Proteomics, Imaging, Core Administration).  Luellen Fletcher and Deb McMillen, with the entire CDC team, are leading and developing this pilot study.

(b) Group Mentoring led by a coach working with Core Directors. Participants in the group take on both roles, Mentor and Mentee.  The CDC's Phil Hockberger (Northwestern University), as Coach, is leading and developing this pilot study. 

Updates on both pilot programs were presented at the ABRF 2017 meeting in San Diego.

Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico:  CDC members Anitha Chennat and Deb McMillen attended the annual UNM Mentoring Conference in October 2016, presented a poster highlighting the fledgling ABRF program, and learned more about mentoring styles/platforms from established programs around the country.  They also arranged a conference call of the CDC with the director of the Institute, Nora Dominguez, who provided advice/expertise for our mentoring programs.


Core-Specific Job Families

Many U.S. Institutions have created job families specifically for directors, managers and staff working in core facilities. The rationale for specific job families is that these positions require advanced training and expertise in research technologies, above average interpersonal skills, business acumen and training, and are typically not soft-money positions. These job families have names like core technologist, core research technician, core staff scientist, core research assistant, or core facility research professional. The following institutions have provided information with core-specific job families. If you would like to add your institution to the list, please send your information in a .pdf file to Phil Hockberger.
    - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    - University of Iowa (1,668K)
    - University of Kansas Medical Center (457K)
    - UCSF Gladstone Institute (33K)
    - Moffitt Cancer Center (12K)
    - Jackson Laboratories (86K)

    - Northwestern University (24K)

   - University of Pennsylvania (172K)


Business Courses

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management announces the 5th Annual “Leadership and Management in Core Facilities” course on November 12-15, 2018, in Chicago. Tuition: $5000 (Travel Awards available). The course focuses on how to meet the unique challenges of operating a core facility in a university or non-profit setting.
         * Running a core facility successfully requires both a strong set of business management skills and deep insights into the nuances of leadership in a university setting. This four-day executive learning experience focuses specifically on helping you enhance your business and management skills and developing the leadership capacity to run your operation more effectively.
         * In this hands-on program, you’ll expand your knowledge and learn new approaches to leadership as you practice applying them to a challenge in your own organization. You’ll develop a team orientation that will enable you to engage your teams more effectively. You’ll leave this program with a deep understanding of your individual strengths and how to leverage them to meet difficult challenges and seize new opportunities.
For more information, visit


ABRF Response to the National Academy of Sciences letter on the "Next Generation of Researchers Initiative"

    - Read Letter


As an ABRF member, you can use the FASEB Career resources: 
    - View Document 

ABRF Recommended Guidelines for Authorship on Manuscripts
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Committee Membership

Luellen Fletcher - U. Penn (Chair)
Anitha Chennat - U. Michigan Medical School
Nancy Fisher - U. North Carolina (EB Liaison)
Phil Hockberger - Northwestern U.
Cassandravictoria Innocent - Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Deb McMillen - Oregon Health & Science U. (retired)
Shennah Mische - NYU Medical School
Claudius Mundoma - Florida State U.
Jianjun (J-J) Shen - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sherry Thorton - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Paula Turpen - U. Nebraska Medical School (retired)

Membership History

Jim G. Farmar ~ Merck ~ Member: 03/10 - 03/12
Gabriela Grigorean ~ ThermoFisher  ~ Chair: 03/10 - 05/15
Jack Simpson ~ US Pharmacopeia  ~ Ad hoc: 03/10 - 05/15
Paula B Turpen ~ University of Nebraska Medical Center  ~ Member & EB Liaison: 05/13 - 03/17
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