Genetics Education and Engagement Fellow, DC Region
American Society of Human Genetics
Location: Rockville, Maryland
Type: Full Time
Years of Experience:
2 - 4
2-years of full time employment
The ASHG-NHGRI Genetics Education and Engagement Fellowship is for people with an advanced degree who are interested in developing and implementing genetics/genomics education, community engagement and/or professional development initiatives for diverse K-12, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, professional or public audiences, including groups historically underrepresented in science.
This fellowship provides experiences working:
NHGRI’s Education and Community Involvement Branch
ASHG’s scientific and digital programming, career development and public engagement teams.
A third organization involved in science education or public engagement, depending on the fellows’ interests and career goals
Over the course of two years, the selected fellow will participate in three different rotations in the following areas:
NHGRI Education and Community Involvement Branch: Fellows will participate on a variety of projects related to genomics education at the K-12, community college and healthcare provider levels. This includes patient/caregiver education and public/community engagement initiatives with people historically excluded from STEM fields. Previous fellows have developed digital educational resources, mentored youth interns, facilitated teacher professional development workshops and evaluated program activities for effectiveness and impact.
ASHG: Fellows will have the opportunity to customize their experience by selecting from various educational programs at ASHG to work on based on their personal interests. Programs they may choose from include field-facing professional education and career development; creating tools for K-12 educators; training scientists in community engagement; or working to enhance workforce diversity, equity and inclusion.
Public or private organization involved in genomic literacy, genetics education, public engagement, science outreach (optional): Possible organizations include educational foundations, museums and science centers, curriculum development groups, professional societies and departments of education.
In addition to regular responsibilities, the fellows will participate in colloquia and professional development events designed for the broader Genomics and Public Service Fellowship Program.
The qualified candidate is expected to:
Have earned (or will earn prior to the start of the fellowship) an advanced degree (e.g., Masters, PhD, MD, or JD) and be eligible to work in the United States
Have demonstrated expertise and/or interest relevant to human genetics and/or genomics
ASHG is a dynamic professional community of human genetics researchers, clinicians and other specialists who work at the leading edge of discovery, generating new genetic knowledge and translating it rapidly to improve human health and well-being. A non-profit founded in 1948, ASHG has nearly 8,000 members worldwide; hosts as many as 9,000 attendees annually at the world’s largest genetics and genomics meeting; publishes two respected journals, the flagship American Journal of Human Genetics and a new OA journal Human Genetics and Genomics Advances; and undertakes a growing array of public outreach, education, policy, and advocacy programs throughout the year. ASHG is a dynamic and healthy organization with 31 staff, an annual budget of nearly $8 million, and prudent reserves.