NORDP 2018 Conference Cameo: Page Sorensen

#NORDP2018 starts Monday, May 7 in Arlington, VA. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.
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Who: Page Sorensen, Research Development Specialist
Where: University of California San Francisco
Number of years in research development: 2
Length of NORDP membership: 2
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2
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I officially became a Research Development Specialist in the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) RD Office in March of 2016, but as have many others, I practiced research development before that.page Headshot 3_cropped[1].png

In 2015 I was a program manager for a UCSF research center and I approached the Executive Director of the RDO, Dr. Gretchen Kiser, to help me plan a team science event for the center. She gave me lots of helpful advice and, as I left our meeting, she said, “you know, what you do is really research development, you should check out NORDP.” This was the first time I’d heard of the field. As I browsed the NORDP website later, I realized Gretchen was right, and I was excited to finally have a single term to describe my mélange of skills and job duties. Some time after this initial conversation, I was happy to join Gretchen in the RDO. I now work on large grant development and also manage the Team Science Program.

I joined NORDP in 2016 and this year will be my third conference. The conference is an IRL experience of the feeling I had upon first browsing NORDP’s virtual community. It’s comforting and fun to be among a group who understand what I do and who can advise and sympathize. Until two years ago, I often felt confused and anxious about how to bring my diverse skills to bear in a “real” career. Participating in the conference is like a deep breath that carries that fear away because I’m surrounded by successful professionals who have similar skills and experience.

In addition to the community, I very much enjoy the inspiration and learning that I get from the conference. I’ve attended a pre-conference workshop that bolstered my confidence and skill in working with diverse teams, I’ve learned how to lead without authority, how to write great abstracts, and much more. It’s pretty amazing to spend three days just absorbing highly specific technical knowledge and meeting exceptionally talented peers.

This year I’m especially looking forward to leading my first NORDP panel. Selfishly, I organized the panel so that I can learn what other RD people do to bring teams together and help them stay together. Shameless plug: if you do this, please come to the session and tell me about it!

My advice for new conference attendees is to use the mobile app to plan your daily agenda before you get to the conference. There are so many talks to choose from that taking the time to read all the abstracts and make a plan before arriving will ensure that you don’t miss the talks that are most relevant to you.

See you in DC!

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

NORDP 2018 Short Course: Foundations of Research Development: An Introduction

#NORDP2018 starts Monday, May 7 in Arlington, VA. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.
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At this year’s conference, a short course in Research Development (RD) is being offered for the first time in addition to the Pre-Conference Workshops. The short course is intended for new RD professionals (i.e., those with fewer than three years of experience in RD), or for individuals who are considering becoming RD professionals. The instructors are all experienced RD professionals (with more than half a century’s worth of experience in RD between them), and the course material is all information they think is essential to those first getting started in the profession.

This course is an introduction to RD; it isn’t going to cover everything that RD professionals do, or all the ways in which we do those things. It will, however, provide a theoretical and practical grounding in RD for individuals who are newer to the profession or who are considering joining it.

CLICK HERE for the full abstract and to register for the short course.

To read about and register for any of the Pre-Conference Workshops, follow the links below:

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

NORDP 2018 Early Bird Registration Ends March 16

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This is your two week warning! Early Bird Registration for the 10th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference ends March 16, 2018. REGISTER HERE.

Other important conference related items below:

Learn more about and sign up for a Pre-Conference Workshop or the first NORDP Short Course:

Check out our NORDP 2018 Plenaries and Keynotes:

Book your stay: Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City are filling up. Take advantage of our special discounted conference rate and book your room now with this NORDP-specific hotel reservation link.

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.  For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

Mentor/Mentee Spotlight: The NORDP Mentoring Program in Five

Name: Vanity Campbell
Institution: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)
Are you a Mentor? Mentee? Both?  Both

1)      What influenced you to become a mentor or mentee?
Upon being introduced to the field of research development, a dear colleague recommended two things, first join NORDP and second, join the organization’s Mentoring Program. After three years of being a not so active member, I realized, not only was I not fully benefiting from the power of NORDP’s robust network but also not adequately serving an organization that I had so greatly benefited from professionally through conference engagements, sharing of resources and best practices. I was determined that I wanted and needed to become a more active member. That initial mentoring program suggestion now deeply resonated with me, and I sought the opportunity to serve as both a mentor and mentee.

2)      What surprised you about being a mentor and/or mentee?
Over my professional career, I have taken on a mentorship role with staff and academics alike. However, what was most surprising as both a NORDP mentor and mentee was how easy, natural, and fun it has been.

3)      How has participating in the NORDP mentoring program impacted your day-to-day work?
A goal that I set this year with my mentor was to seek out and initiate a professional mentoring relationship within my home institution. I now meet regularly with my new non-research development mentor, gaining valuable institutional perspectives that impact my ‘day-to-day’ research development work.

4)      What is one way being in the mentoring program has helped increase or broaden your understanding of research development?
As both a mentee and mentor, I have found that it is more than possible to carve out space and time to grow professionally. In doing so, I have found ways where I can be a more active and effective contributor to the overall RD field, ways that I know will have a direct feedback on furthering my understanding of our growing field of research development as well.

5)      Are there any additional thoughts would you like to share about the NORDP mentoring program?
There is no better way to get to know NORDP than to engage with its members.  The Mentoring Program has been an amazing opportunity to build a one-on-one relationship with another member, growing, learning, sharing, all while having fun together.

The NORDP Mentoring Program
The NORDP Mentoring Program offers a formalized pairing process to match a mentor and a mentee with similar professional interests and different levels of experience in order to frame a relationship that offers mutual guidance and support. Once pairs are matched, the mentoring process is an informal one based on the needs of each individual pair.

We encourage Research Development Professionals who have been in the Research Development field for a few years to consider volunteering to be a mentor; and we encourage members who are new (or relatively new) to the field to sign up as a mentee. But feel free to sign up for whatever you feel you need. You can even sign up to be a mentee AND a mentor!

Open Enrollment to the Mentoring Program can be accessed through the following link. The survey will be available through March 16, 2018.

Interested in learning more? Check out the website.

If you have any questions, please send an email to mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Interested in learning how you can leverage principles of mentoring at your institution?
You are invited to attend a NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop to learn strategies for advancing the research enterprise through building and supporting effective mentoring relationships as well as developing on-campus mentoring programs: Taking the Research Development Professsional to the Next Level Through Effective Mentoring.