Eva Furrow and team
CTSI scholar Eva Furrow had a team helping her with her poster presentation this year.

Poster session with a twist invites loved ones to take the lead

The latest CTSI poster session had a twist. Called the Un-Poster Session, it allowed researchers’ family and friends to get in on the event by taking over the presentation. 

Unlike traditional poster sessions, children or partners of current and former scholars in CTSI’s professional development programs got to present and interpret their parent’s or partner’s research poster. 

Building community

“By inviting families in on the fun, scholars got to know one another on a deeper level and connect in an authentic way. It also helped kids and families get closer to their parents’ work and feel part of it,” said Michelle Lamere, MPA, ACC, assistant director of CTSI’s education and training programs. “Meaningful connections and strong, supportive families and communities are so important to wellbeing. This is true work-life integration.”

The event is one way CTSI-Ed emphasizes taking a whole-person approach through its career development programs. 

Ramon Fonkoue
CTSI K-R01 scholar Eva Furrow’s son, Grey Cavanaugh, won the award for “best understanding of their parents' work."

Retaining researchers

A holistic focus on wellbeing is beneficial not just to the early-career researchers CTSI-Ed primarily supports, but to the institution as well, Lamere explains:

“Universities work so hard to recruit strong faculty researchers, and it’s critical to work just as hard to keep them. Creating opportunities for research faculty to bring their families into their work lives, form connections and build their support network, both personally and professionally, has the potential to do just that.”

Annette Bramante
CTSI KL2 scholar Carolyn Bramante’s daughters Annette (pictured) and Eleanor were given the award for the best hand-drawn poster, which read “Does metphormin (sic) help fight covid?” 
Ramon Fonkoue
The best presentation award went to Ramon, the husband of CTSI KL2 scholar and Early Career Research Awardee Ida-Arlaine Fonkoue.
Rene Pierpont and family
CTSI KL2 scholar Rene Pierpont poses with her son and daughter, Nina and Eli Rassette, in front of Michelle Lamere's poster, which they are featured on.