Application for membership in the Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center may be initiated by either a letter of interest from the prospective member or an invitation to apply from a member of the Executive Committee. The investigator then submits a brief cover letter and curriculum vitae or biosketch. As previously described, the Membership Subcommittee reviews all applications and makes a recommendation to the full committee. Our approach has been to facilitate membership in the Center in order to increase the number of investigators who identify themselves and their research goals as nutrition or obesity related.
There are five categories of membership. These are as follows:
- Member (PI on federally funded usually NIH grants or strong history of past funding publications and contributions to the field). Includes RO1 and K awardees
- Associate Member – Scientist without federal funding as PI; New Investigators (e.g. Asst Prof or Instructor)
- Industry Associate
- Trainee (Post-doctoral fellows, Graduate Students, Medical Fellows)
- Affiliate Members – wishes to be informed of BNORC activities
These categories were identified and defined in order to avoid any potential issues or complications with regards to membership (specifically applications that may be rejected). Membership privileges include but are not limited to the following: 1) Apply for funds and support fellows in an application for pilot funds; 2) Serve on the Center’s Executive Committee; 3) Use core facilities’ technical training and consultation with higher priority; 5) Receive weekly “nutrition and obesity-related seminar list”. Participate in enrichment activities, including seminars and professional meetings sponsored by BNORC.