The NMDC Ambassador Program

Are you familiar with the challenges of discovering, accessing, and reusing microbiome data? Do you want to work with the NMDC to make microbiome data FAIR? Are you motivated to engage with researchers in your community? Are you committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA)?

Apply to join the inaugural cohort of NMDC Ambassadors!

The NMDC is launching the NMDC Ambassador program to provide training and support for early career researchers who are motivated to engage with their respective research communities to lower barriers to adoption of metadata standards.

Eligibility

Early career researcher
Graduate student or
Researcher within 10 years after receiving a graduate degree

Application deadline:
May 21, 2021
11:59PM PT

Works with microbiome data from sample environment(s) represented by the Genome Standards Consortium (GSC) Minimum Information about any (x)
Sequence (MIxS) standard
Works with at least one NMDC-relevant data type
Amplicon, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, or metabolomics
Affiliated with a US institution from any sector
Including US-affiliated researchers who are currently working or studying abroad

What will Ambassadors do?

During the course of the 1-year commitment, each Ambassador is expected, at minimum, to:

Ambassador activity Details
Contribute to metadata training materials Update the NMDC template training materials to reflect one sample environment relevant to their community
Engage with their research community With support from the NMDC, host one 4-hour workshop to gather feedback to improve sample metadata standards training
Spread the NMDC mission Partner with the NMDC to present at one conference session, webinar, panel, or other event of their choice
Share their perspectives Share updates on two NMDC-relevant activities on a NMDC online platform (social media, website, newsletter)
Learn about metadata standards  Attend all NMDC training sessions (see more details under Program Timeline below)

The estimated time commitment for each Ambassador is, on average, 2-3 hours per month (includes trainings, cohort events, and preparing for and hosting two Ambassador events). Ambassadors should budget time for planning and preparation (specifically, for the metadata standards workshop) during months with fewer activities. The total time commitment for each Ambassador will vary based on factors, such as the target number of attendees or format of the events (virtual or in-person), which is at the discretion of the Ambassador.

Benefits of being a NMDC Ambassador

Cohort-based training

Data management and sample metadata standards training, hosted by the NMDC

Facilitation and community engagement training, hosted by the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE)

Opportunities

Expanded professional network in a cohort-based learning environment

Year-round professional development (in partnership with the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Young Ambassadors Program)

Recognition

Co-authorship on NMDC metadata training resources

Officially represent the NMDC during speaking engagements

Highlights of relevant work shared throughout NMDC online platforms

Support

Funding support for NMDC events

Administrative and logistical support for NMDC events

Promotion of activities via NMDC online platforms

Program Timeline 

Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM PT on May 21, 2021. Selected candidates will be notified by email in mid-June 2021. Dates for cohort-based events will be finalized as a group, but we ask that candidates maintain availability during the listed weeks. Contact support@microbiomedata.org if you have any questions about the timeline.

Date Event Details Length
Week of June 28, 2021 Kick-off event Learn about the NMDC program, review the program expectations, and address questions. 1.5 hour session
Week of July 12, 2021 Training: Data management and the NMDC metadata standards Learn about the metadata standards used by the NMDC. 2-hour session
Week of July 19, 2021 Training: The NMDC metadata standards framework Walk through the NMDC-provided training materials that Ambassadors will use for the metadata standards workshop. Over the next few months, Ambassadors will tailor the training materials for their community. 2-hour session
August 2021 Training: Event facilitation hosted by CSCCE Learn tips, tricks, and tools for how to effectively facilitate events. Topics: group decision making, facilitating discussions, how to make virtual meetings more engaging. 3 x 90-min sessions
Sept 2021 Cohort meeting: Presentation of Fall ideas Ambassadors will each share 5-minute presentations of their Fall 2021 event plans. 1-hour session
Fall 2021 Host an event, with support from the NMDC (choose one) Sample metadata standards workshop: After updating the NMDC training template for their community, each Ambassador will host a workshop with support from the NMDC. The goal of the workshop is to spread awareness of metadata standards and gather feedback on the process of applying standards to real data. 4-hour session
FAIR microbiome data: Each Ambassador has flexibility to lead an event of their choice, in partnership with the NMDC. Examples include: partner with the NMDC at a conference session, host a webinar on FAIR microbiome data with the NMDC, repeat the metadata standards workshop, etc. Varies
Dec 2021 Cohort meeting: Reflections on events Ambassadors will be invited to share takeaways from their Fall event with the cohort. 1-hour session
Jan 2022 Training: Community engagement hosted by CSCCE (cohort) Feedback from Ambassadors will inform the topic for this training 90-minute session
Cohort meeting: Presentation of Spring ideas Ambassadors will each share 5-minute presentations of their Spring 2022 event plans. 1-hour session
Spring 2021 Host an event, with support from the NMDC (choose one) Sample metadata standards workshop: After updating the NMDC training template for their community, each Ambassador will host a workshop with support from the NMDC. The goal of the workshop is to spread awareness of metadata standards and gather feedback on the process of applying standards to real data. 4-hour session
FAIR microbiome data: Each Ambassador has flexibility to lead an event of their choice, in partnership with the NMDC. Examples include: partner with the NMDC at a conference session, host a webinar on FAIR microbiome data with the NMDC, repeat the metadata standards workshop, etc. Varies
May 2022 Cohort meeting: Reflections on events Ambassadors will be invited to share takeaways from their Spring event with the cohort. 1-hour session
June 2022 End of term

Ready to apply?

Start your online application now→

Submit your online application and email your resume/CV (3 pages max) to support@microbiomedata.org by 11:59PM PT on May 21, 2021. Still have questions? Contact us.

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