Membership

In evaluating candidates for membership, we look for evidence that the individual is productive in research related to the objectives of the Center. Several levels of membership are possible.

Membership levels

Core Faculty Membership

Core Faculty Membership

The core faculty members of the Center comprise its governing body. Core faculty will be Ph.D.s or M.D.s employed at the University of Minnesota. Core faculty are expected to participate in the following:

  •  Regular attendance at Center colloquia and research symposia
  • Specialized and interdisciplinary research in Center laboratories
  • Involvement with visiting speakers, including preparation sessions and informal discussion hours with visiting scholars
  • Training meetings which seek to provide familiarity with activities important to professional careers (scientific ethics, teaching, grant-writing, etc.)
  • Serve on at least one Center committee each year

The Center’s core faculty members will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae and short statement of research activities yearly.

Faculty Membership

Faculty Membership

Faculty members are expected to contribute to the Center in much the same way as core faculty members do, but they are not part of the Center’s governing body. Faculty members of the Center will be Ph.D.’s or M.D.’s employed at the University of Minnesota who collaborate with one or more of the Center’s core faculty. It is expected that faculty members will conduct research that is applicable to the aims of the Center, involving neuroscientific and behavioral approaches to an understanding of child development. Faculty members are expected to participate in the following:

  • Regular attendance at Center colloquia and research symposia
  • Specialized and interdisciplinary research in Center laboratories
  • Optional involvement with visiting speakers, including preparation sessions and informal discussion hours with visiting scholars
  • Training meetings which seek to provide familiarity with activities important to professional careers (scientific ethics, teaching, grant-writing, etc.)
  • Serve on at least one Center committee each year

Individuals to be considered for Faculty Membership must submit the following materials for nomination:

  1.  A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of endorsement from a core faculty member of the Center

Associate Membership

Associate Membership

Associate members are non-faculty members involved in CNBD-supported protocols and activities, such as committees and colloquia.

Associate members will be nominated by the Membership committee and an election decision will be made by the Membership Committee Chair. Typically, nominations are extended to affiliate members of the Center with an increased level of involvement.

Affiliate Membership

Affiliate Membership

Affiliates have substantive interests in the Center's research topics. Affiliate members may be:

  • Faculty at the University of Minnesota who wish to participate selectively in Center activities but who have limited time, interest, or research programs
  • Faculty visiting the University of Minnesota and faculty from area institutions who wish to participate in Center activities
  • Individuals from the outside community who participate in Center-related research and who wish to participate in Center activities

Obligations of affiliate members include participation in, or attendance at some Center activities, as well as responding to requests for information.

Individuals to be considered for Affiliate Membership must submit the following materials for nomination:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of endorsement from a core faculty member of the Center
  3. A letter of endorsement from a member of your department or employment organization.

Postdoctoral Membership

Postdoctoral Membership

Postdoctoral affiliates must have a Ph.D. or recent M.D. in a field of importance and interest to the Center. Sponsorship by their postdoctoral supervisor and a faculty member associated with the Center is also required.

Postdoctoral members are expected to:

  • Participate on Center committees
  • Contribute to training and research activities
  • Participate in all basic Center functions (colloquia, retreats, special conferences)
  • When requested, contribute materials for research, training, grant renewals, continuation grants, and progress reports

Individuals to be considered for postdoctoral membership status must submit the following materials for nomination:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of endorsement by a core faculty member of the Center
  3. A letter of endorsement by the candidate’s postdoctoral supervisor.

Graduate Student Membership

Graduate Student Membership

The Center actively welcomes participation by graduate students, who may be predoctoral candidates in any University department. They must be sponsored by their department and a faculty member associated with the Center.

We are committed to training a new generation of researchers who will become tomorrow's pioneers in the field of child health and development. Over 25 graduate students and medical fellows collaborate with faculty members from a variety of fields, including child psychology, pediatrics and neuroscience.

Graduate students who wish to be members of the Center must be involved with training and research in an area of interest to the Center. They may participate in all Center programs—orientation, colloquia, training meetings, research group meetings, and informal discussions.

Graduate student members are expected to:

  • Be actively involved in at least one Center-related research project
  • Work on at least one Center committee each year.
  • Contribute to training and research activities
  • Participate in basic Center functions—colloquia, retreats, special conferences
  • When requested, contribute materials for research, training, grant renewals, continuation grants, and progress reports.

To be considered for graduate student membership, students must submit the following materials for nomination:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of endorsement from a core faculty member
  3. A letter of endorsement from a faculty member in your major department

(Note: A single letter is sufficient if it is from a faculty member in your department who is also a Center faculty member.)

Application

If you would like to apply for membership to the CNBD, please submit required membership materials to CNBD staff at cnbd@umn.edu.

Questions concerning CNBD Membership can also be directed to CNBD staff at cnbd@umn.edu or 612-624-5600.