Goddard Association of Postdoctoral and Early Career Scholars

NGAPS - Activities

Beyond a social group, NGAPS strives to help our members and the greater Goddard community by providing resources, programs, and more. Please read below to learn about some of the activities that NGAPS is currently supporting and how you can get involved.

Do you have an idea for a new initiative that NGAPS could support? Reach out to one of our officers.


Early Career Scientist Spotlights

Point of Contact: danielle.n.simkus@nasa.gov.

Early Career Scientist Spotlight ("ECSS") articles showcase the early career scientists working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The ECSS articles are intended to highlight the research interests, science motivations, and achievements of the early career scientist community, and are a great way to learn a bit about some of the wonderful and interesting people working at Goddard!

Check out the ECSS articles here!



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee

Point of Contact: melissa.ugelow@nasa.gov.

DEI subcommittee members: Melissa Ugelow, Monica Vidaurri, Olga Tweedy, Mykhaylo Shumko, Kira Olsen, Maheshwari Neelam, Vincent Kofman, Christine Knudson, Bea Gallardo-Lacourt, Mariel Friberg-Aponte, Alex David-Uraz, Luoth Chou, Danielle Simkus, and Erin Dawkins.

The DEI subcommittee serves to foster diversity, inclusion, and equity within the GSFC early career scientist community. The NGAPS DEI subcommittee is currently focusing on 1) connecting with broader GSFC DEI efforts, 2) making the early career onboarding process across divisions and affiliations more transparent and equitable, and 3) implementing a detailed reporting map to guide GSFC early career scientists on available resources for anonymous reporting.



Post-Bac Peer Mentorship Program

Point of Contact: monica.r.vidaurri@nasa.gov or joseph.p.renaud@nasa.gov.

NASA Goddard has a growing number of Post-Baccalaureate researchers. These are a relatively new type of position for recent graduates of undergrad programs that have not started, or are still deciding if to peruse, graduate school. This point in a student's career can be filled with various challenges. NGAPS is currently exploring a new program where more experienced early career scientists (post-docs, contractors, civil servants, etc.) can meet with post-Bacs in group or one-on-one settings to provide advice, answer questions, and act as a general sounding board.

If you are interested in participating in this program please contact one of the points of contact above or fill out this form (if filling out this form after March 1st 2021 please also send an email to one of the points of contact).