SSR 2016 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 

Monday, 18 July, noon–1:30 pm ($25, trainee registrants only).
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Bayview Tower.

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: $25), trainees must mark the appropriate box on the registration form. Trainees are encouraged to register early, as seating is limited to 125 trainees. 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 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:

Amanda Patterson
Michigan State University
Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Phone: 509-335-5523

Trainee Forum—Communicating Science to Enhance Your Career

Saturday, 16 July, 2:00–3:30 pm (Free, trainee registrants only, must select the Forum during pre-registration to receive refreshments).
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

The Forum will comprise the following topics and speakers: 

  • Topic 1: Make Yourself Known Online (Dr. Hannah Brown, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)
  • Topic 2: Tailor Your Talk to the Right Audience (Dr. Barry Hinton, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA)
  • Topic 3: Pitch Your Paper for the Best Possible Journal (Dr. Greg FitzHarris, Université​ de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada)
  • ​Topic 4: Get Involved in Scientific Outreach (Dr. Mary Zelinski, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon, USA)

An interactive discussion panel with all speakers will follow. 

Trainee CV Review Center

This year the Trainee Affairs Committee (TAC) will run an onsite “CV Review Center” where trainees can get personalized one-on-one feedback on their CVs. The CV Review Center will be congruent with the daily poster sessions from 8:00–9:45 a.m. on Sunday the 17th, Monday the 18th, and Tuesday the 19th. The following Regular SSR members will serve as “Career Consultants” at the CV Review Center:

  • Zelieann Craig, Ph.D.
  • Francesca Duncan, Ph.D.
  • Asgi Fazleabas, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Geyer, Ph.D.
  • Romana Nowak, Ph.D.
  • Richard Stouffer, Ph.D.
  • Humphrey Yao, Ph.D.

Interested trainees must complete the Google Form to reserve an appointment. Places are limited. Make sure you get in early to secure your appointment! For all questions, please contact Jenna Haverfield and Patrick Hannon at


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 (Closed)

The deadline for the SSR Roommate Referral Service was Friday, 10 June 2016. Attendees interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room for the 2016 Annual Meeting were encouraged to fill out the Roommate Referral Application Form and email it to The Roommate Referral Service Coordinator, Changqing Zhou, managed this service for the San Diego meeting, matching people up with suitable roommates.

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, Veronica Negron-Perez and Erica Schoeller.

Trainee Volunteer Questionnaire

If you'd like to be a volunteer, please tell us more about yourself and what you'd be willing to do with the Trainee Volunteer Questionnaire.

Volunteer Testimonials

“This was my first SSR meeting, and volunteering was a great way to meet new people and also have the chance to help out. It was fun and rewarding.”
—Pavla Brachova, University of Kansas

“Volunteering is a great informal way to meet people at SSR with whom you might not otherwise interact, from trainee peers who work on different topics to members of the board, session chairs, and high-profile speakers. You get to see the inner workings of the meeting, help out the society, and have fun doing it (plus a free t-shirt!). It’s a win-win!”
—Miranda Bernhardt, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

“During SSR last year, I was able to table and talk about the diversity initiative that was being taken! Overall I would consider volunteering a rewarding experience that I hope everyone will try at least once just because you get to interact with so many people from diverse areas of reproduction. Thanks SSR!”
—Jahaira C. Vera, University of Arizona

“Getting involved with the Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee (TVS) it has been very rewarding in my career as a new scientist. Through the TVS I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside prominent reproductive biologists and I have made long-lasting friends and future collaborators.”
—Juanmahel Davila, University of Illinois

“I really enjoyed my volunteering experience at the SSR. I had opportunities to meet and interact with new colleagues.”
—Hayley Furlong, McMaster University

Trainee Facebook Group

Be up-to-date with all trainee-specific information pertaining to the upcoming Annual Meeting: join the Trainee Affairs Facebook Group! Also, other important and highly relevant trainee-specific information regarding graduate, postdoctoral and faculty positions, as well as scholarship, fellowship and grant opportunities are regularly posted.

Trainee Contacts

Have a question? Please contact your SSR Trainee Representatives, Jenna Haverfield and Patrick Hannon, at; both are more than happy to answer your questions about the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego!