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The Research Fellow Association (RFA) is comprised of all predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellows at MMCRI. Our mission is to support and advocate for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows at MMCRI in all aspects of their professional research training and career development.
Our goal is to continue implementation of a mentoring program for postdoctoral fellows. This program is similar to one already in place for predoctoral fellows through the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. It includes the development of an individualized educational and career development plan that fellows revise with their principal investigator and additional mentor at regular intervals. Research environments with these types of mentoring programs have higher rates of research fellow satisfaction and productivity, a win-win situation for all involved. In addition to implementation of a postdoctoral mentoring program, our goals include restructuring of our Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program in compliance with new federal guidelines for research training. We also plan to continue our career development series with a variety of internal and external invited speakers.