Select Committee on Global Affairs

Select Committee on Global Affairs (SCGA)

Mission and Responsibilities:

  • Actively assist, advocate, and advance NCURA’s global strategic agenda and initiatives.
  • Advocate for and assist the International Region, including program development and outreach; this responsibility will transition away once the International Region is more established.
  • Serve as a resource for educational topic suggestions and program ideas on global research management.
  • Oversee the NCURA International Fellowship Program, including, but not limited to, presentation of recommended Fellows for Board concurrence. 
  • Serve as NCURA’s global ambassadors and meet or otherwise communicate with non-US visitors as requested by the Executive Director and Executive Committee, or by members of the International Region.
  • Serve as a communication conduit between the International Region, the International Collaborate Community and the greater membership.
  • Oversee and advise with non-regional, educational global programming and outreach.


SCGA Members   Positions  Home Organization
Gai Doran Chair Yale University
Maria Palazuelos Vice Chair University of Delaware
Katherine Ho Member Stanford University
Jennifer Ponting Member Harvard University
Nicolas Schulthess Member The Institute of Photonic Sciences
Akindele Abiodun  Member University of Ibadan
Sue Kelch Member University of Michigan
Eva Bjorndal Member King's College of London
John Hanold Member  The Pennsylvania State University 
Ara Tahmassian Member Harvard University
Simon Kerridge Member University of Kent


Call for 2020 SCGA members are currently closed!

To apply, please send the following Required Application Material (1 single PDF file - last name, first name) to yangden@ncura.edu.

    1. Current resume/CV highlighting your NCURA activities
    2. Statement of interest (500 words maximum) on why you would like to serve as a member of the SCGA

Select Committee members are confirmed by the NCURA Board of Directors. Reflective of NCURA's Diversity and Inclusion Statement, we are committed to achieving diversity of all kinds in its appointments, including experience, geographic area, institutional type, gender, and ethnicity, and we encourage ALL interested members to become involved in NCURA.



Claire Chen, Senior Manager, Global Initiatives  (chen@ncura.edu / +1-202-466-3894)  

Mende Yangden, Program Assistant, Global Initiatives (yangden@ncura.edu / +1-202-655-7255)