SSR 2014 Trainee Information

​​Grants and Awards

Trainees are often eligible for Travel Grants to attend and present at the Annual Meeting, as well as Merit Awards that recognize the best abstracts submitted to the SSR Annual Meeting.

Events

Trainee–Mentor Luncheon

Monday, 21 July, 12:15–1:45 pm

This Trainee-organized event (or TML) presents an unusual occasion for trainee members to engage an SSR scientist (mentor) in informal discussion during a catered lunch. Over the years, many SSR trainees have received advice on anticipating and overcoming career and research challenges, developing critical collaborations, and maintaining a balance in their professional and personal lives.

To register for this luncheon (cost: $15), trainees must mark the appropriate box on the registration form. Trainees are encouraged to register early, as seating is limited to 175 trainees. If you have already registered and would like to buy a ticket, you may submit an additional registration form with payment for the ticket; the Registration office will add the ticket to your existing registration. Unpurchased tickets (should there be any) will be for sale at the meeting. 

Twenty-five mentors will be at the luncheon. Biographical sketches of all currently-available mentors are here; registrants for the Luncheon should submit their top three mentor choices by using the Mentor Choice Form. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis…so sign up soon!

If you have any questions about this event, contact:

Malavika Adur
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois  61801
email: adur2@illinois.edu

Trainee Forum

Wednesday, 23 July, 8:30–10:30 am

You spoke and we listened; the 2014 Trainee Forum in is entitled Maintaining the WorkLife Balance. The Trainee Forum will take place Wednesday, 23 July, from 8:30 to 10:30 am. A diverse set of regular members including Janice L. Bailey, Ph.D. (Laval University), Janice P. Evans, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University), Greg FitzHarris, Ph.D. (University College), Karla Hutt, Ph.D. (Monash Institute of Medical Research-Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research), Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine), Jon Oatley, Ph.D. (Washington State University), Marc-Andre Sirard, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Laval University), and Mary B. Zelinski, Ph.D. (Oregon National Primate Research Center) have agreed to offer their experiences in maintaining the balance between the bench and home. These established PIs represent a broad swath of our membership and are looking forward to an enthusiastic crowd in Grand Rapids. To register, complete this registration form. Space is limited, so register today!

Services

Placement Service

SSR's Trainee Affairs Placement Service provides a vehicle for introducing potential candidates to employers seeking to fill predoctoral, postdoctoral, industrial, technical, and faculty positions. This web-based service allows candidates and employers to connect in real time, anytime. Employers are encouraged to create an account, post their positions in advance of the annual meeting, and indicate whether a representative will be on site to meet with candidates. To use this service and view downloadable information, position seekers need only to set up an account and create a profile.

Roommate Referral Service

To facilitate better service and shorter response time, the roommate referral service will be conducted online as an event under the Trainee Facebook page. To find a roommate, post information describing yourself and what you would like in a roommate; then comment or send fellow users a personal message to finalize your accommodations. Don't forget to remove your post after you have identified a roommate.

For example: Male graduate student, English as first language, Spanish as second language, non-smoker, alcohol friendly. Arrive in Grand Rapids Saturday, 19 July, and depart Wednesday, 23 July. Looking for 1-2 roommates. Non-smokers only. Everything else negotiable.

If you need help accessing the event or the Facebook group, contact Annie and Tony at trainees@ssr.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help to make this meeting a huge success! Trainee volunteers are responsible for the behind the scenes action, typically including help with:

  • Placement Service
  • Posters
  • Pre-Registration Desk
  • Sessions and Symposia
  • Signage
  • Slide Preview Room
  • Social Events
  • Trainee–Mentor Luncheon

SSR is especially devoted to enhancing the trainee experience; therefore, if you plan to attend the meeting, we strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to participate as a trainee volunteer. It's a great way to meet peers and network with influential scientists in our field!

If you are interested, be sure to check the box for the Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee (TVS) on your Annual Meeting registration form. If you have any questions or comments, please visit the TVS Frequently Asked Questions or contact this year's TVS organizers, Jane Fenelon (jc.fenelon@umontreal.ca) and Niraj Joshi (Niraj.Joshi@hc.msu.edu).

Testimonials

"It was the first time I participated in SSR and being a volunteer there was a great experience that helped me get involved in the SSR community. I also learned a lot of skills that will help me in my future career."
—Atefeh Abedini, Université de Montréal

"Volunteering was a fun and rewarding experience."
—Oceane Albert, McGill University

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