SSR 2015 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 and presented at the SSR Annual Meeting.


Trainee–Mentor Luncheon (TML)

Saturday, 20 June, 12:00–1:30 pm ($15, trainee registrants only). Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom B.

This Trainee-organized event presents a special opportunity for trainee members to engage an SSR scientist (mentor) in informal discussion during a catered lunch. Over the years, SSR trainees have received advice from distinguished and dedicated members 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. Unpurchased tickets (should there be any) will be for sale at the meeting.

Thirty-two 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 on the Mentor Choice Form. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis…so sign up soon!

If you have questions about this event, contact:

Miranda Bernhardt
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone: 919-541-9087

Trainee Forum

Friday, 19 June, 7:00–9:00 pm (Free, trainee registrants only, must pre-register). SOLD OUT. Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 2.

Two concurrent Trainee Forums will take place, entitled “The Science of Grantsmanship Around the Globe.” One will cover research grant applications, and the other will focus on fellowship grant applications. Scientists from around the globe will speak about grant funding mechanisms particular to their region­—the application processes, selection criteria, and the general funding environment. Light food and a beverage will be provided as part of the forum. The event is free, but you must pre-register for the forum at the time you register for the Annual Meeting because a ticket will be required to enter either forum.

Forum on Research Grant Applications. Chair: Annie Newell-Fugate, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA). Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 2, Room 208.

Forum on Fellowship Grant Applications. Chair: Jenna Haverfield, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada). Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 2, Room 209.

  • USA (NIH F32 and K99): Karen Schindler, Ph.D. (Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA).
  • USA (IRTA Fellowship): Miranda Bernhardt, Ph.D. (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Durham, North Carolina, USA).
  • Europe (Medical Research Scotland Postdoctoral Fellowship): Andrew Childs, Ph.D. (The Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom).
  • Canada (FRSQ Postdoctoral Fellowship): Pavine Lefèvre, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada).
  • Australia (Peter Doherty NHMRC Early Career Biomedical Fellowship): Tod Fullston, Ph.D. (The Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

Trainee Mixer

Friday, 19 June, 9:00–11:00 pm ($10, trainee registrants only, must pre-register). SOLD OUT. Puerto Rico Convention Center, Level 3, Terrace.

From 9:00–11:00 p.m., following the Trainee Forum, a Trainee Mixer will be held, providing attendees the chance to unwind and socialize. The cost of $10 includes light snacks and two drink tickets, which can be used to obtain beer, wine, or soda at the cash bars. You must pre-register for this event at the time you register for the Annual Meeting; a ticket (separate from the Trainee Forum ticket) will be required to enter the Trainee Mixer.


Placement Service

SSR's Trainee Affairs Placement Service provides a vehicle for introducing potential candidates to employers who are 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 (RRS) CLOSED

The SSR Roommate Referral Service is now up and running! If you are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room for the 2015 Annual Meeting, please fill out the Roommate Referral Application Form and e-mail to The TAC co-chairs, Annie Newell-Fugate and Jenna Haverfield, will manage this service for the San Juan meeting, and will do their best to find a suitable roommate for you. Please act soon—the deadline for submissions to the Roommate Referral Service is Friday, 29 May 2015.

Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

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, check the box for the Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee (TVS) on your Annual Meeting registration form. If you have questions or comments, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions or contact this year's TVS organizers, Niraj Joshi and Veronica Negron-Perez.

Volunteer 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