This description of the Office for Teaching, Education and Research (OTER) research environment may be copy-and-pasted for use in grant writing and research applications.

The Office for Teaching, Education and Research is a dedicated office that provides professional development, community building and educational opportunities for all trainees based at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The mission of the office is to contribute to the training of future scientific leaders and to the recruitment and retention of diverse, skilled trainees in the fields of biomedical research. The office supports high school, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral and medical fellows through career development programming, facilitated mentoring and hands-on workshop-based trainings. In addition, the office supports research institute staff and principal investigators in their roles as mentors and models for students and trainees.

The Office for Teaching, Education and Research is overseen by a full-time program manager and a faculty liaison. The office provides centralized resources across Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and it is the point of contact for all students and their mentors.

The office works collaboratively with local and national organizations. These include, but are not limited to, the University of Washington; the University of Washington Postdoctoral Association; the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Student/Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPAC); and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). Additionally, the office has a sustaining membership in the National Postdoctoral Association.

The office supports ongoing professional development through grant writing workshops and internal libraries of successful grants, career panel discussions, networking events and facilitated oversight of individual development plans (IDPs) for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows based at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.