The National Institutes of Health (NIH) held its 10th Community College Day on November 20, 2018. Students and faculty from Maryland and Virginia community colleges visited the NIH campus in Bethesda to learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields.

Harford Community College students who attended were S-STEM and LSAMP Scholars as well as biology and allied health majors, and included Emily DeNardi, Grace Huller, Kerry Lynch, Olivia Gallimore-Pegues, Michael Grode, Michelle Ramsahoye, Christopher Parks, and Samuel Arnold. Assistant Professors Jackie Madden and Susan Walker accompanied the students to the event.

Dr. Erica Barr, Director of NIH Community College Program and Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director, Office of Intramural Training & Education, delivered welcoming remarks and the keynote address. Concurrent panel discussions for students followed featuring experts in each of the fields on careers in research, bioengineering, public health, medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, allied health, and the behavioral sciences. Additional breakout sessions covered resume writing, networking, creating cover letters and a personal statement, stress management, and transferring to four-year institutions. Faculty learned how to use free videos from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the biology classroom to engage students in active learning and about the NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate Program and the application process.

During lunch, NIH postdoctoral fellows explored teaching opportunities in community colleges, and students networked with each other and career professionals in various fields. Information on NIH’s undergraduate scholarship, graduate partnerships, and summer internship programs was available to the students.

In addition to Harford’s student and faculty, other attendees hailed from Baltimore City Community College, Frederick Community College, Hagerstown Community College, Montgomery College, and Northern Virginia Community College.

The National Institutes of Health funds and conducts biomedical research in an effort to prevent and cure common and rare diseases. NIH also trains the next generation of doctors, researchers, and medical support staff who will improve human health in the future, both across the country and around the world.