Each Rockey FFAR Fellows cohort meets five times during the 3-year program and engages in 10 webinars per year. All sessions and webinars are designed to advance student non-research skills and knowledge. The Fellows Program kicks-off with a one-week orientation session in August at North Carolina State University and a second session at NC State the following April. These sessions focus on self-assessment, self-discovery, creating networks of support (peer, mentor, professional), and improving communications. Throughout the program fellows work on their communication skills to present their research effectively to varied audiences; they also train and practice to improve their interpersonal communication skills. In the fall of year 2 Fellows meet again for a one-week training and networking session at the University of Nebraska. In the spring of year 2 the Fellows meeting in Washington, D.C. focuses on policy communications and working at the intersection of government, industry, academia, and NGO sectors. In year 3 fellows meet a final time for networking and training across cohorts.