The recruitment period for fiscal year 2018-2019 will open on January 1, 2018. Please contact Dr. Douglas C. Eaton (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or need additional information about the recruitment process for this year.
Emory University's FIRST program will host the 2018 IRACDA conference July 15-17, 2018. Please mark your calendars today! More information will be available shortly.
(For the full list of appointments received by FIRST fellows see
Job Placements of Graduates)
- Gandhy Pierre-Louis, Assistant Professor, Valencia College, Orlando, FL
- Cristy Tower-Gilchrist, Lecturer, Emory School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA
- Elizabeth Walker, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
- Jerald Dumas, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, Hampton University, Hampton, VA
Dr. Sarah Stabenfeldt - An Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, received an NIH funded grant from NICHD - 1DP2HD084067-01. The title of her project is:Detecting and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury Pathology Progression From The INSI and is funded from 09/15/2014 - 08/31/2019.
Dr. Erin Keen-Rhinehart - A tenured Associate Professor of Biology at Susquehanna University, received a Career award from NSF/IOS (Division of Integrative Organismal Systems). The title of her project is: CAREER: Impact of maternal nutrient availability on offspring neuroendocrinology and behavior and is funded from 8/15/2014 - 7/31/2019. ( Notice of Award)
Dr. Sarah Brosnan - A tenured Associate Professor at Georgia State University, has received funding from NSF from the Division of Social and Ecomonic Sciences for her project titled: Collaborative Research: Expectations About Reward Outcomes. This project is funded from 9/15/2014 - 8/31/2018 (Notice of Award). She has another NSF project titled: Collaborative Research: Primate and Human Social Decision-Making. This project is funded from 9/15/2011 - 8/15/2017. (Notice of Award). Dr. Brosnan has been continuously funded by NSF since 2007 when her faculty position began at Georgia State University.
Dr. Laurie Krug - A tenured Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, received an NIH funded grant from NIAID - 5R01AI119079-03. The title of her project is: Functional Analysis of STAT3 in Gammaherpesvirus Infection and is funded from 5/15/2015 - 04/30/2020.
Dr. Abdel Alli - An Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Department of Physiology received funding from NIH/NIDDK - 5K01DK099617-05. The title his project is: Calcium, MARCKS, AND PIP2 Regulation of ENAC and us funded from 06/01/2014 - 05/31/2018.
Dr. Gretchen Neigh McCandless - A tenured Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, received funding from NIH/NINR - 5R01NR014886-04. The title of her project is: Adult Implications of Chronic Adolescent Stress Mediators and Modifiers and is funded from 4/18/2014 - 2/28/2019.
Dr. Seth Kelly - An Assistant Professor at the College of Wooster, Department of Biology, received an NIH funded grant from NICHD - 01R15HD084241-01A1. The title of his project is: Mechanisms of Axonal Pathfinding During Nervous System Development and is funded from 08/10/2016 - 07/31/2019.
The FIRST Seminar Series is a peer research conference where fellows give mini-seminars about their individual research. It is also a forum in which fellows can practice an upcoming lecture for a particular course or practice a job talk prior to going out on job interviews. The most senior fellows generally begin the series of talks each year since they are further along in their research. Fellows are encouraged to take notes and give their colleagues feedback as to their general knowledge of the subject and presentation.
The conferences will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.
The most recent article published about FIRST outlines a model for increasing minority participation in the sciences:
Keen-Rhinehart, E., Eisen, A., Eaton, D. and McCormack, K. (2009) Interactive methods for teaching action potentials, an example of teaching innovation from neuroscience postdoctoral fellows in the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 7:A74-A79.
C. Brommer and A. Eisen. (2006) FIRST: A model for increasing quality minority participation in the sciences from the undergraduate to the professoriate level. J. of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 12:35-46.
Holtzclaw, J.D., Eisen, A., Whitney, E.M., Penumetcha, M., Hoey, J.J., Kimbro, K.S. (2006) Incorporating a new bioinformatics component into genetics at a historically black college: outcomes and lessons. CBE Life Sci Educ. 5(1):52-64.