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Center for Reproductive Science: A Year in Review

By: Chelsea Castleberry, CRS Program Assistant, October 8th, 2018

Please enjoy the Center for Reproductive Science Year in Review Report for the 2017-2018 academic year!

Dear Colleagues & Friends,

What a vibrant academic year it has been! The lifecycle of students, faculty, learning, discovery, and funding is the foundation of the Center for Reproductive Science, and we continue to embody our mantra of being visible, viable, and valuable! We invite you to peruse this Year in Review to share in the 2017-2018 highlights. We hosted an intellectually rich academic programming portfolio, including the Annual Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit, the launching of two named lectureships, and the inauguration of a new career and professional developmental series (Career Catalysts). We graduated our first class of Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine students, and we recently welcomed 10 new matriculants who will continue to enrich reproductive science through their research and scholarly activities. Multiple students have successfully completed their doctoral degrees after concentrating in reproductive science labs, and we continue to transition our postdoctoral fellows into a multitude of positions within academia and beyond. We are thrilled that graduate level reproductive science coursework developed through CRS is now available for our first year students!  We are grateful to our exceptional CRS faculty who are active participants in our programming and teach reproductive science to the next generation of leaders in our field. Our faculty have been successful in securing research grants from NIH and other foundations, which keeps our research community at the forefront. Our labs are open to high school students and undergraduates, ensuring that the pipeline for reproductive science is filled with ambitious students who stay at NU and populate schools around the nation and globe. Our goals for next year are ambitious with new programing highlighted on the last page of this document. We look forward to hearing from you with ideas that will increase the reach and impact of reproductive science and medicine. Reproduction Matters!


Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
Director, CRS
Dean, The Graduate School
Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology


Francesca E. Duncan, PhD
Executive Director, CRS
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology