Education and Professional Development

GSA is pleased to offer a wide array of education and professional development opportunities at TAGC, many of which are being organized "By Trainees, For Trainees" thanks to the Trainee Organizing Committee led by postdoc Kathleen Dumas (Buck Institute). Thanks also go to the GSA Education Committee and the GSA Mentoring and Professional Development (MaPD) Committee for their input.

Relevant educational programming organized by members of the genetics community is also listed here.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

9:00 am - 4:00 pm: GSA Education Pre-Conference Workshops

A full description of all Wednesday education workshops is available here.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Next Stage Mixers: Advice for the next stage in your career

North Tower

Undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and new faculty members can kick off their TAGC conference experience with a networking event and panel discussion tailored for each group. Attendees at each event will be able to socialize, network, and ask questions about their next career steps during a moderated hour-long panel discussion. The undergraduate session will focus on graduate school applications and experiences; the graduate student and post-doc sessions will focus on both academic and non-academic careers; and the new faculty session will focus on funding, recruiting lab members, managing teaching loads, and the tenure process. Panelists will take questions from the crowd, and there will be time for socializing and networking across all four groups after the panel discussions. Fee: $10. Pre-registration required. Click here for details.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Mentoring Roundtables 1

North Tower: Harbor Beach/Marco Island

Students and postdocs are encouraged to attend this event where mentors will be available to discuss a wide range of topics, from the postdoc search to careers outside of academia to work-life balance. Each table will focus on a specific topic and will feature two mentors from different career stages; table-hopping is welcome! Be sure to grab your lunch from concessions on the way over. Fee: $10. Pre-registration required. Click here for details

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: GeneticsCareers Center

Cypress Ballroom 1 C

The GeneticsCareers Center is a designated space to discuss scientific careers and professional development. Open concurrently with the exhibits and posters, the GeneticsCareers Center will feature career coaching, job postings, networking, and potentially some on-site interviews. Career Coaching appointments can be scheduled on-site or in advance; coaches will be available to give attendees career advice, provide interview tips, and critique CVs/resumes. Click here for details

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Job Fair

Cypress Ballroom 1 C

Located near the GeneticsCareers Center, this job fair will feature recruiters and institutional representatives who can answer questions about their employer, their experiences, and the various types of positions available. Click here for details

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Plenary Session and Workshop for Undergraduate Researchers

North Tower: Sawgrass

Undergraduate TAGC attendees are welcome to attend this workshop featuring two plenary talks crafted for an undergrad audience and a panel of graduate student speakers answering questions about the graduate school experience, from application to prelims to thesis defense. Click here for details

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm: Science Café with Brian Malow

Crystal Ballroom H

Join us for an entertaining and informative evening with Brian Malow who draws on two decades of stand up comedy to help scientists communicate better with the public. In a presentation that promises to both amuse and educate, Brian will offer advice on a range of topics including stage presence, connecting with audiences, using analogies and using PowerPoint. He currently works in science communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Cash bar available. Fee: $15. Pre-registration is required. Click here for details


Friday, July 15, 2016

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm: GeneticsCareers Center

Cypress Ballroom 1 C

The GeneticsCareers Center is a designated space to discuss scientific careers and professional development. Open concurrently with the exhibits and posters, the GeneticsCareers Center will feature career coaching, job postings, networking, and potentially some on-site interviews. Career Coaching appointments can be scheduled on-site or in advance; coaches will be available to give attendees career advice, provide interview tips, and critique CVs/resumes. Click here for details

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Career Workshop - Nailing the Job Talk

Cypress Ballroom 1 C

What are departments really looking for in a job talk? This workshop will explore how to structure your presentation, how much detail to include, what level to pitch to, and what other elements to consider. Click here for details

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Women in Genetics Panel and Networking

North Tower: Harbor Beach/Marco Island

Featuring a workshop from the Association for Women in Science, women scientists at all levels will learn strategies for networking and seeking mentorship, as well as becoming an effective mentor. Participants will also learn about the different available networks suitable for a variety of career levels and aspirations. Opportunities for small group discussions and networking will be available after the one-hour workshop. Fee: $10. Pre-registration required Click here for details
Powered by WiG: Thanks to the women whose generous contributions provided funding for this workshop.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

8:00 am - 10:00 am: Trainee Bootcamp Workshops

North Tower

Students and postdocs are invited to attend two concurrent workshop sessions focused on professional development topics spanning from careers to funding to publishing. Come and hear from experts on these important topics! Details, including the workshop titles, location, speakers, and times, are available here.

8:00 am - 10:00 am: Integrating Research and Teaching: Professional Development for Current and Future Faculty Members

North Tower: St. Thomas

10:00 am - 12:00 pm: GeneticsCareers Center

Cypress Ballroom 1 C

The GeneticsCareers Center is a designated space to discuss scientific careers and professional development. Open concurrently with the exhibits and posters, the GeneticsCareers Center will feature career coaching, job postings, networking, and potentially some on-site interviews. Career Coaching appointments can be scheduled on-site or in advance; coaches will be available to give attendees career advice, provide interview tips, and critique CVs/resumes. Click here for details

10:30 am - 11:15 am: Career Workshop - Negotiating Job Offers

Cypress Ballroom 1 C

Congratulations, you got the job! …Now what? From negotiating salaries to agreeing on a startup package, coming to a consensus with a new employer can be complicated both within and beyond academia. Learn some advice for how to determine what’s fair in the current market. Click here for details

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Mentoring Roundtables 2

North Tower: Harbor Beach/Marco Island

Students and postdocs are encouraged to attend this event where mentors will be available to discuss a wide range of topics, from the postdoc search to careers outside of academia to work-life balance. Each table will focus on a specific topic and will feature two mentors from different career stages; table-hopping is welcome! Be sure to grab your lunch from concessions on the way over. Fee: $10. Pre-registration is required. Click here for details

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: You Can Publish That, Too! Publishing Education Resources

North Tower: Bahamas

Attendees will learn about various outlets for publication of educational resources and course materials, including GSA PREP, CBE-Life Sciences Education, CourseSource, and the Life Sciences Teaching Resource CommunityClick here for details

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Spotlight on Undergraduate Research using Genetics Research Models

North Tower: Aruba

Saturday, July 16, 2016

8:00 am - 10:00 am: Ciliates in the Classroom and Undergraduate Ciliate Research Symposium

Palms Ballroom Canary 2

Trainee Organizing Committee

Kathleen Dumas (Buck Institute), Chair
Haifa Alhadyian (University of Kansas)
Robin Leigh Armstrong (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
Krista Dobi (Baruch College)
Alexandra Erwin (University of Kansas)
Sonia Hall (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
Alex Hurlburt (Indiana University)
Patty Jumbo-Lucioni (Samford University)
David Mets (University of California, San Francisco)
Karissa Milbury (University of British Columbia)
Stephanie Patchett (University of Texas, Austin)
Victoria Schulman (Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences)
Amanda Socha (Dartmouth College)
Maria Sterrett (Indiana University)
Zeba Wunderlich (Harvard Medical School)