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Speaker: Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE)

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The NIH OITE is pleased to offer a series of webinars and small group discussions to help you develop the confidence and resilience you need to navigate challenging situations in school, work, and life. The series will consist of five webinars, each linked to a drop-in small-group discussion the following week. The webinars will highlight strategies needed for academic success and for thriving in research and healthcare careers. We will discuss the cultivation of skills to help you realize resilience and identify and deal with obstacles that get in your way. The material discussed will be helpful to individuals starting out, transitioning to their next experience, or mentoring others. While you may participate in any of the webinars, it is best to participate in the entire series. Concepts and themes will be developed throughout the series, and you will be able to integrate, engage with, and refine the information from the individual sessions. Data show that trainees who attended most of the sessions of the earlier "Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series" reported that they had become more resilient, were better able to handle stress and conflict in their lives, and would recommend the series highly to their colleagues. 


Here's what those who participated in the "Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series" have to say:

Thank you for putting this series together. I learned so many critical skills that I have already applied in work and in personal life, and I am eager to refine them as I grow. You have truly impacted how I see myself and my role at work and reminded me that I have agency.”

“This series has been invaluable to me as a graduate student and future independent researcher. Much still needs to be changed in this culture, but this series was incredibly helpful in increasing my awareness, empowerment, and skills related to the topics taught/discussed. After participating, I have noticed myself sharing what I’ve learned with my peers when they talked about issues that they are facing as well. I believe having this as a regular offered series would have an incredible impact on individuals who participate and eventually on the culture of science.”

“Completion of this program should be a part of ... [the requirements every institution must meet to receive funding] ... from the NIH in the same way RCR is. The information in these presentations is invaluable. And if students and post docs had this info they could avoid getting into bad situations with tormentors. Thank you very much; this series has helped me immensely. The tools presented here have allowed me to identify and deal with stressors much more effectively”

The workshops and group discussions in the series are:

Unit 1. An Introduction to Resilience and Wellness 

Unit 2. Exploring our Self-Talk: Cognitive Distortions and Imposter Fears

Unit 3. Self-Advocacy and Assertiveness for Scientists

Unit 4. Developing Feedback Resilience

Unit 5. Managing Up to Maximize Mentoring Relationships

Trainees who attend all the webinars and four of the five small-group discussions will receive a certificate of completion. 


Becoming a Resilient Scientist Schedule

Live captioning will be provided for this event. Individuals who need other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, or would like a sign language interpreter for the small group, should contact Jackie Newell ( or the NIH Interpreting Office directly, via email, at Requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the event.

If you miss a workshop and want to watch the recording, just click on the original link below. That will directly open the recording for you.


Webinar 9/8/22

Discussion Groups 9/15/22

3:00-5:00 pm

3:00-4:00 pm


Webinar: 9/22/22

Discussion Groups 9/29/22

3:00-5:00 pm

3:00-4:00 pm


Webinar: 10/6/22

Discussion Groups 10/13/22

3:00-5:00 pm

3:00-4:00 pm


Webinar: 10/20/22

Discussion Groups 10/27/22

3:00-5:00 pm

3:00-4:00 pm


Webinar: 11/3/22

Discussion Groups 11/10/22

3:00-5:00 pm

3:00-4:00 pm


For questions regarding this series, please contact the OITE at Please include "Resilient Scientist Series" in the subject line.