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[SIP] Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series: Unit 3 - Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness

Speaker: Sharon Milgram, OITE

About this event

The goal of this series is to provide you with the resilience tools needed to study and work in high-knowledge environments. The material will help you develop well-being, assertiveness, and feedback skills with the goal of improved relationships in research groups and beyond. The series is helpful for trainees and fellows at all levels. The series is also helpful for fellows who supervise others and wish to develop strong mentoring skills for the future.

Unit 3: Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness

We all need to develop the skills needed to be assertive and to advocate for ourselves, especially in hierarchical environments where we sometimes feel we do not have a voice. In this webinar, we will discuss how to set boundaries, communicate expectations, ask for feedback, and discuss difficult issues with friends, mentors, colleagues, and supervisors.

There are four sessions in the series. Each session includes a lecture followed by a facilitated small group discussion allowing you to share your experiences and learn from peers.  The series is offered in the fall for current NIH trainees and fellows and in the summer for NIH summer interns; we also welcome students and fellows from outside the NIH. While it is best to attend the entire series, you may attend individual sessions. Trainees who participate in all four lectures and attend all four small group discussions will receive a certification of completion.

Attend this event


Jun 20, 2024


3pm - 5pm


Building 40, Room 1201/1203

Intended Audience

Summer Interns

How to attend

This is a hybrid event, held in person on the NIH Bethesda campus. We strongly encourage local participants to join us in person as there are substantial benefits to networking with colleagues, taking a walk across campus, and getting out of the research space. We also encourage trainees and fellows on other campuses to gather for “watch parties” for the same reasons.

Register here. You may register for both the online and in-person webinar using this link.

Accommodations and additional information

American Sign Language interpreting services, CART services, and other reasonable accommodations are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact OITE at or the NIH Interpreting Office directly at Requests should be made at least five business days in advance, when possible, in order to ensure interpreter availability.