News & Awards

NIH Recognizes CSS Employee Performance

March 2018

Congratulations to CSS employee Sarah Ball, who is part of a team receiving the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Aging (NIA) Director’s Award in recognition of "consistently exceptional performance in the management and implementation of the NIA Summer Program." This 25-year NIA effort provides students – high school through graduate school – with biomedical research internship opportunities. "The team is great to work with," Sarah says. "It meant a lot that we were nominated by Dr. Michele Evans, the Deputy Science Director, and it’s awesome to get the award."

Though it’s called a summer program, Sarah says that managing the complex requirements of the internships keeps the team busy for many more months each year. "It takes a lot of effort and it’s nice to be recognized," she says. Sarah works with the interns’ mentors to prepare an individual profile for each student. The profiles track training and medical surveillance needs, which vary across the many labs that host interns. Sarah is also an instructor for the STARS interactive lab safety training class for summer interns at the NIA in Baltimore, MD. She has worked for CSS since 2014.