UM Alumna Wins Fellowship at National Institutes of Health Research Center

July 12, 2018

Genevieve LindMISSOULA – A University of Montana alumna just landed a yearlong fellowship with the National Institutes of Health for her dedication toward transforming scientific discoveries into real-world solutions.

Genevieve Lind, who earned her bachelor’s degree and doctorate at UM, will work in Washington, D.C., as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She will begin her placement at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in the NIH Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination in August.

The OTAC will engage Lind in efforts at the national level to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to the marketplace.

“I am thrilled to take the skills and knowledge that I have developed working and learning at the University of Montana to the National Institutes of Health – one of the world’s foremost medical research centers – to work on developing real solutions to problems that scientists face in getting their discoveries out into the world,” Lind said.

Lind, who was born and raised in Darby, earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UM in 2006, graduating with high honors as Outstanding Senior in that department. She also earned minors in psychology and human and family development. After working in hotel management following graduation, she returned to UM to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience, with research focused on molecular pharmacology and drug development.

She has won many awards to support her research and has published two articles on pharmacology and neuroscience in peer-reviewed journals.

In addition to the outstanding NIH work opportunities, Lind will participate in a yearlong professional development program with an orientation and a series of trainings and workshops in areas that include policy, leadership and communications. The program is designed to maximize each Fellow’s proficiency in the areas recruited by the U.S. Government Senior Executive Service.

“The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship gives scientists a chance to dive into hands-on work in policymaking,” Lind said. “I am excited to see where this opportunity takes me.”

According to Laure Pengelly Drake, UM’s coordinator for writing center programs, external scholarships and advising, Lind won this fellowship for many reasons, including her academic breadth and depth; science communication talent, training and experience; and “exceptional initiative.”

“Jenny notices and acts on both holes in the system and opportunities for growth,” Pengelly Drake said. “Her strong curiosity, drive and service ethic complement her strong neuroscience and communication academic foundation.”

In addition to the time-consuming combination of classes, lab work and serving as a teaching assistant during her Ph.D. program, Lind made the time and had the vision to reinvigorate UM’s Graduate and Professional Association to provide new opportunities and resources for graduate students at UM. She was selected to participate in a highly competitive national program for graduate student leaders in science communication, ComSciCon, where she received training in science writing, policy and outreach.

Lind brought that opportunity home by organizing ComSciCon-Rocky Mountain West in 2017, for which she helped raise over $20,000. She is the co-founder and co-leader of 500 Women Scientists-Missoula, part of a national organization that supports women in science careers and organizes policy and advocacy efforts at the local level.

After earning her Ph.D., Lind served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Blackstone LaunchPad-UM, the University’s resource for innovation and entrepreneurship education, where she worked on facilitating research commercialization, establishing campus and community partnerships and building capacity for the LaunchPad.

The mission of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program is to connect science with policy and foster a network of science and engineering leaders who understand government and policymaking and are prepared to develop and execute solutions to address societal challenges. The program began in 1973 with seven Fellows. Today, STPF places nearly 300 Fellows each year in all branches of federal government.

For more information on the fellowship, visit http://www.aaas.org.

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Contact: Laure Pengelly Drake, UM coordinator for writing center programs, external scholarships and advising, 406-243-6140, laure.pengellydrake@umontana.edu; Genevieve Lind, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 406-546-0198, genevieve.lind@gmail.com.