The Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research was established in 2000 through the estate of Sallie Rosen Kaplan. Mrs. Kaplan could not pursue her own higher education, but had a deep interest in the education of her family members and, in particular, of women.
Historically, women leave academic science at the transition from a mentored to an independent stage of their careers. Based upon recent observational, longitudinal, and intervention studies, women in science were significantly more likely to leave the science field earlier than men. By providing additional mentoring opportunities, seminars, and workshops designed to strengthen leadership skills over a one-year period, NCI’s female postdoctoral fellows may be better equipped to remain in a biomedical research career. Work-life balance is not only about children and parenting, it encompasses sharing experiences and information for personal and professional gain achieved by mentoring and networking. These proposed enrichment activities will better prepare these highly qualified female postdoctoral fellows currently onboard at the NCI to face the competitive nature of the job market.