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Trainee Resources

The Cell & Developmental Biology Department is dedicated to fostering and supporting a collaborative environment for all trainees. All CDB full-time trainees are eligible to request the department direct purchase a scientific society membership at the trainee level. Contact with the subject line "CDB Trainee Membership Reimbursement" for more information. Moreover, the department organizes weekly seminar series, quarterly conferences, and a scien-cial biweekly event aimed at building community, working networks, and inspiring collaborations amongst trainees.


 Training & Funding Opportunities

 Scientific Societies

Joining a scientific society will expose you to a broader community of investigators. From attending conferences, and accessing the membership directory to receiving job advertisements, expanding your network, and broadcasting your findings, societies are a good investment for your professional development.

Full-time Cell & Developmental Biology department trainees may have the department purchase a trainee-level scientific society membership on their behalf (i.e. ASCB Postdoc/Graduate Level Membership or equivalent). Contact with the subject line "CDB Trainee Membership Reimbursement" for additional information.

  • American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) 
    ASCB is an inclusive, international community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life.
  • Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) 
    SDB employs an inclusive philosophy to further the study of developmental biology and related disciplines; to foster, support and provide a forum for all investigators in these fields; to educate non-specialists, educators, the general public and policy makers about developmental biology and related disciplines; and to promote fair, respectful, ethical and equitable practices throughout the scientific enterprise.
  • North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO)
    The research of NAVBO members focuses on the development, regeneration, endothelial and smooth muscle cell biology, stem/progenitor cells, cell signaling, vascular remodeling in disease, bioengineering, vascular matrix biology, inflammation, atherosclerosis, hypertension, endothelial-leukocyte interactions, vessel calcification - plus much, much more.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
    Advancing science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN) 
    SfN exists to advance scientific exchange, support the neuroscience community, educate and engage the public, and advocate for the field.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) 
    AHA is the largest private not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government, thanks to the generosity of donors and supporters.
  • American Diabetes Association 
    Join thousands of diabetes professionals like you in helping the American Diabetes Association on the road to a cure for diabetes. ADA Professional Membership provides exclusive education, career development, and engagement resources that benefit you, your patients, and your practice.
  • American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB) 
    The mission of the ASMB is to promote basic, translational, and clinical research on the extracellular matrix (ECM), cell-ECM interactions, and ECM-based therapies and devices, and to support the growth and professional development of the ECM research community. ECM biology ties together a number of basic, translational, and applied disciplines such as developmental and cell biology, biochemistry, cancer biology, inflammation, orthopedics, rheumatology, dermatology, pulmonary medicine, bioengineering, and much more.
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 
    The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an international nonprofit scientific and educational organization. With over 11,000 members, made up of students, researchers, educators, and industry professionals, the ASBMB is one of the largest molecular life science societies in the world. 

 Wellbeing & Mental Health

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) serves as the primary mental health service at Northwestern with offices both at Evanston and Chicago campuses. All matriculated students are eligible to receive a personalized care plan tailored to their needs. Services include clinical services, educational workshops, and consultation with faculty, staff, and parents.
  • Employee Assistance Program services paid University employees with no-charge, short-term professional counseling. Services and programs are strictly confidential. If additional assistance is necessary, referrals will take into account your preferences, medical plan, and financial circumstances. 

  • The Graduate School and Feinberg Medical Education Office house an abundance of social, physical, financial, and emotional well-being resources right at your fingertips. You can learn about self-guided meditation techniques, apply for childcare grants, or access legal services.
  • Human Resources Well-being is a robust program offering emotional, financial, and physical programs and resources to paid University employees. Learn about programs, services, and consultations to help you and your family navigate life’s challenges and opportunities.

  • Religious & Spiritual Life at Northwestern University Chaplains are available to talk confidentially with anyone who would benefit from a listening ear. You do not need to belong to a religious tradition to speak with a Chaplain. Browse through the site linked above to find dedicated meditation and prayer spaces at Evanston and Chicago Campuses.
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Office of Fellowships

From discussing a first-year undergraduate's dreams to a doctoral student's funding needs, the Office of Fellowships matches aspirations with foundations. The office offers resources for Northwestern students and alumni to conceptualize and achieve their ambitions with the support of external funding.

Visit the Office of Fellowships Page
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Driskill Graduate Program

The Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences (DGP) and Northwestern provide a variety of resources for students to learn about possible careers, develop skills needed for those careers, and secure job placements in their chosen fields. Be sure to visit their curated list of awards and training opportunities.

Visit the DGP Career Development Page
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Postdoctoral Affairs Office

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs helps postdocs build relationships with other trainees and members of the Northwestern community. The office also connects postdoctoral trainees with resources ranging from career and professional development to work/life support.

Visit the Postdoctoral Affairs Page
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NU Postdoctoral Association

The Northwestern University Postdoctoral Association (NUPA) is an organization by and for postdoctoral trainees at Northwestern that builds community, disseminates resources, and provides a forum for scholars. Be sure to opt-in to their mailing list and join the NUPA slack community.

Visit NUPA's page to learn more
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Int'l Student & Scholar Services

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) provides advising services and supportive programs to Northwestern’s international students and scholars. Connect with other international scholars at Evanston and Chicago campuses. Be sure to visit their programming page.
To learn more, visit the OISS page
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English Language Programs

English Language Programs provide language support services to international graduate students and scholars at the University. Services are offered as non-credit courses, and they are available at no charge to eligible students and scholars currently enrolled or employed at the university. 
To learn more, visit the ELP page

The Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center fosters the creation and sharing of knowledge among the faculty, staff, and students of the Feinberg School of Medicine and its affiliates. The center provides a variety of services and training ranging from data management to grant and publication support. Schedule a consultation with Pamela Shaw, our liaison librarian for basic sciences at Galter.

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