In a ceremony held yesterday afternoon, Mike Witherell and Horst Simon recognized the first graduates of the Lab’s innovative Early Career Enrichment Program (ECEP). Attendees celebrated the program’s pilot year and shared ideas to shape the program moving forward.
“Today, we’re celebrating our first graduates, welcoming our incoming cohort and sending a tremendous thank you to everyone who supported the program for a successful pilot year,” said Horst. “Early career enrichment can shape the future of the Lab and our culture of team science. We look forward to continuing to find new ways to support the leaders of tomorrow.”
Designed to broaden the exposure of outstanding early career researchers at the Lab, ECEP expands awareness of the Lab’s diverse science, engineering, and operational capabilities and helps develop meaningful connections between ECEP members and area and division leaders, researchers, and staff. The year-long enrichment program managed by Kristin Balder-Froid, ECEP operates through hosted visits.
“Each one of our graduates is working towards solving some of the world’s biggest scientific challenges,” said Mike. “Their dedication inspires us, while quietly setting the foundation for future work. It’s a privilege to extend our congratulations to this first cohort for their contributions to world-class science.”
In addition to the recognition ceremony, yesterday’s event included lunch, introduction of the incoming 2019 cohort, and a networking activity for the 2018 ECEP graduates, the incoming cohort, and ECEP program supporters. Below is a list of the 2018 graduates and 2019 cohort.