- Faculty member at NC State, ECU, or NCCU.
- Contributed to the peer-reviewed EHS literature within the past three years.
- Obtained or applied for extramural EHS grant support (PI, Co-PI or Co-I) within the past three years or
- Provided scientific or administrative expertise to the CHHE.
Junior faculty/early stage investigators planning to conduct EHS research are eligible to apply for Full Membership provided they have a track record of authoring peer-reviewed publications in their respective field. It is expected that such individuals will meet the eligibility requirements listed above within 4 years of receiving CHHE Membership.
- Faculty member at NC State, ECU, or NCCU, or professional status at an organization in the Research Triangle area (e.g. NC DHHS).
- Demonstrate strong interest is in EHS.
- Post-doc, research associate, or research scholar at NC State, ECU, or NCCU who has a significant interest in EHS, and whose research area has EHS relevance.
Expectations of Members
- Participate in CHHE seminars, socials, retreats, interest groups, symposia, and surveys (All members)
- Use CHHE core facilities to advance their research (Full members).
- Contribute scientific or administrative expertise to the research mission of CHHE (Full and Associate members).
Membership Approval Process
The Director and the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) will vote on the appointment of new nominees and reappointment of existing members. Initial appointment is for a term of three years. Prospective CHHE members must demonstrate a commitment to the goals of the CHHE and will be expected to participate in CHHE events. Member candidates will provide a CV, a letter documenting their interest in membership and a nominating letter from an existing member to the Center Director. If self-nominating, please send Center Director your CV and a letter documenting your interest in membership. The Director and IAC will discuss and vote on all applications for membership. A simple majority vote in favor of membership will be required to accept the applicant for CHHE membership. Applicants accepted for membership will receive an email from the Center Director welcoming them to CHHE. Applicants receiving unfavorable votes will receive an email from the Center Director with reasons for the vote. The applicant will be provided an opportunity to provide a rebuttal that will then be considered at the next IAC meeting. A second unfavorable vote will require the member candidate waiting one year before re-applying with the expectation that during that year, they will demonstrate increased activities consistent with Center membership.
Benefits of Membership
- Priority access to and use of core facilities.
- Expert guidance by core leaders on experimental design, sample preparation, omics services as well as bioinformatic and statistical analysis of experimental data.
- Access to Ingenuity Pathway Analysis and CLC Genomics Workbench software.
- Access to $5k seed funds/year (Full Membership only)
- Invitation to all CHHE events, monthly newsletter and travel awards for early stage investigators.
- Invitation to participate in CHHE’s Pilot Project Program
Associate and Affiliate Members have all the benefits of Full Membership but cannot utilize Seed Funding or travel funds.
Reclassification and Reappointment
The Director and IAC will annually review members’ research, funding and Center involvement and may re-classify membership status according to annual activity. Members may request a review and adjustment of their membership status.
Near the end of each three-year term of membership, each Member will be evaluated by the Director and IAC for renewal of membership for another three-year term. Members will provide an activity report describing their participation in Center activities, use of Core Facilities, funding, and citation of the Center grant in research publications that utilize Center resources. The evaluation process will proceed as follows:
- The Director and Deputy Director will make a preliminary assessment of each member’s activities and suitability for continued membership in the Center based upon the activity report of the Member;
- A member obviously meeting the stated expectations of membership will be reappointed; and
- A member who is not obviously meeting requirements for continued membership will be brought to the IAC for full consideration. The Director and the IAC will review the activity report and vote; a simple majority will be required for continued membership. Members receiving an unfavorable vote will be notified with reasons why and be provided an opportunity to submit a rebuttal for consideration at the next IAC meeting before being removed from Center membership. A second unfavorable vote by the IAC will be required to remove an individual from Center membership. If the individual’s situation changes, they can re-apply for membership at a future date.