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FelCom - Social

The Social subcommittee strives to enhance the growth of the NIH community, and is responsible for promoting the social interaction of NIH fellows through organizing a wide variety of events:

  • FelCom Happy Hour: This monthly social networking event is held at local bars and restaurants in Bethesda. The party room or a section of the bar is usually reserved exclusively for NIH fellows and special deals on food and beverages are offered. FelCom Happy Hours generally start at 6 p.m. and are open to all NIH fellows, other fellows, co-workers, friends, and family. Flyers are distributed by email on Fellow-L and individual IC email lists and are also posted on the FelCom website.
  • FelCom Holiday Party: The biggest social event of the year is the Holiday Party which is held in December at the FAES House. It is open to all NIH fellows, other fellows, faculty, co-workers, friends, and family. A minimal admission fee is typically charged to cover expenses.
  • FelCom Social Weekend: During the weekends throughout the year, the social subcommittee organizes cultural activities such as visits to museums and tours of temporary exhibitions and outdoor activities such as bike rides, canoeing and picnics. We are always open to new suggestions from NIH fellows!
  • On occasion, the FelCom Social subcommittee also collaborates with the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education to organize networking events in conjunction with the National Graduate Student Research Festival, the NIH Career Symposium, and other special events.

Links for social activities around Bethesda and Washington, DC:

  • Bethesda information (
  • WashingtonPost CityGuide (
  • Washington City Paper (


Christiane Kuschal (NCI-CCR) - Co-Chair
Anna Sundborger (NIDDK) - Co-Chair
Shu Hui Chen (NIAID)
Aurora Fontainhas  (NIDDK)
Adeola Makinde (NCI-CCR)
Katiuchia Sales (NIDCR)