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Trainee Advisory Representatives


CEI Trainee Advisory Representatives (TARs) serve as student representatives to collect information and present viewpoints on behalf of all the CEI trainees to the Trainee & Faculty Advisory Board. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, running a larger trainee advisory board that directly controls resource allocations benefitting trainees, conducting surveys or focus groups, and bringing feedback to the TFAB. The goal of this program is to enhance the trainee experience, to facilitate open communication between trainees and CEI staff and leadership, and to provide trainees a direct and formal path to help shape CEI priorities and spending.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for the Trainee Advisory Representatives include demonstrated engagement and commitment to the broader mission of CEI, and a vision for expanding programs to benefit both trainees and the broader community.  One current (new) CEI Graduate Fellow and one past Graduate Fellow or current Postdoc in a CEI lab group (1-2 years) are selected, and we strive to maintain a balanced representation among departments. Representatives serve for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. Trainee Advisory Representatives will begin their term in fall of each academic year.

Application Process

Applications for the Trainee Advisory Representatives are reviewed as they are received with priority given to applications received by September 30, 2021. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application at the following link:

TARS Monetary Request Form:

The TARS Monetary Request (General Funds) form will be submitted to the CEI Trainee Advisory Representatives for review. Applicants will be informed of approval/denial by the TARs. Please reach out to with any questions. There are no deadlines for submission, and requests will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application at the following link: