We are proud to support three new symposia organized by student and postdoctoral members of the GSA! Read more below about the recipients of the fall 2016 round of funding from the GSA Trainee-Organized Symposia program. Proposed workshops were evaluated by the Society’s Mentoring and Professional Development Committee based on their relevance to the GSA mission, the need for and the uniqueness of the event, the benefit to early career geneticists, and the availability of other relevant support. These outstanding events will receive up to $2,000 each in funding to cover direct meeting costs.
CUNY C. elegans Symposium
The main focus of the City University of New York (CUNY) C. elegans Symposium is for faculty and trainees using C. elegans as a model system to discuss their research interests and experimental approaches in a constructive and inclusive manner. CUNY is well known for its high quality of education, cultural diversity amongst both students and faculty, and community outreach. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows will be given the opportunity to present their research, critically evaluate data, gain feedback, network with faculty and other trainees, and expand their knowledge. The symposium provides a way for students and faculty from across different CUNY campuses to come together and communicate science in a comfortable environment suitable for constructive criticism, learning, and growth.
Philadelphia Area Genetics and Evolution Research Symposium
This event will bring together early career researchers from the greater Philadelphia area who share similar interests in understanding the complex biological relationships that inform ecological and evolutionary processes. The topics will include areas such as genome evolution, speciation and adaptation, the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution, microbiomes and symbiosis, and organismal responses to changing environments. The conference will provide graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to present their research to a group of peers with related research interests, fostering useful interactions that may spark ideas. We hope to build lasting research relationships and collaborations among graduate students with similar interests. It will also serve as a means for graduate students to receive useful feedback on presentations from senior-level researchers in their field from other universities. Learn more about the Evolution in Philadelphia Conference here: https://philadelphiaevolut.wixsite.com/epic
Boston Postdoctoral Association Symposium on Careers and Collaborations in Science (B-SOCCS)
Recently, postdocs from 15 Boston-area academic institutions and Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) formed the Boston Postdoctoral Association, a consortium to provide additional training and foster opportunities for collaborative research for the region’s 8,000+ postdocs. In June 2017, the Association will hold a one-and-a-half day symposium to help prepare students and postdocs for success in both academic and industry research settings.
This symposium will be a unique platform for young investigators to establish new relationships and gain new perspectives. Plenary sessions will focus on ways for academic and industry researchers to collaborate. Panel discussions will involve speakers from across the region based on their strengths as mentors and leaders in their fields. To foster academic-industry research interactions, exceptional local trainees from academic institutions and local pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will participate in the poster session and scientific talks. Workshops will be designed to prepare graduate students and postdocs in building transferable skills for both academic and industry positions. Lastly, extensive opportunities for academia-industry networking will be provided.