Trainee Information

Events

On-Site at NIH: Personalized Feedback on Your Grant Application

Wednesday, 12 July, 1:00–5:00 pm (Free, trainee registrants only).
Main NIH campus.

NIH Program Officials and NICHD leadership will give registered trainees a presentation on NIH/NICHD policies, which will open with a talk from Dr. Della Hann, NICHD’s Associate Director of Extramural Research. Trainees will then receive a brief walking tour of the NIH campus. Later in small groups, NIH Program Officials (Drs. Susan Taymans, Stuart Moss, Esther Eisenberg, Koji Yoshinaga, Ravi Ravindranath, Charisee Lamar, Candace Tingen, and Thad Schug) and experienced NIH peer reviewers (Drs. Paula Cohen, Chris Geyer, Barry Hinton, Joan Jorgensen, Stephanie Pangas, Aleks Rajkovic, Carmen Williams, and Humphrey Yao) will provide trainees personalized feedback on their Specific Aims page (due at the time of event registration) and a short 5 minute presentation about their research plan (3–4 slide presentation given at the event). Please note that this event is hosted the afternoon on the day before the Annual Meeting; plan accommodations accordingly. Registration and attendance to the event is contingent on submission of a Specific Aims page at the time of event registration. The Roommate Referral Service can be used to cut accommodation costs. The deadline to register for this event is June 1, 2017. Please use the Online Registration Form to apply this event.  

Trainee-Mentor Luncheon

Saturday, 15 July, noon–1:20 pm ($25, Trainee registrants only).
Maryland Suite, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

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 180 trainees. Unpurchased tickets (should there be any) will be for sale at the meeting.

Thirty mentors will be at the luncheon. Biographical sketches and a form for indicating your preferred mentors will be made available at a later date. 

If you have questions about this event, contact:

Ashley George
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
Phone: 848-932-6328
Email: ashley.george@rutgers.edu

Trainee Forum—Becoming an Effective Reviewer: A Means to Enhance Your Scientific Writing

Thursday, 13 July, 10:30 am–12:15 pm (Free, trainee registrants only).
Delaware Suite, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Learn how to properly conduct a peer review of manuscripts and grant applications. These skills will also enhance your own writing abilities. The speakers below will present on these topics. Following their presentations, they will serve as panelists for an open question and answer session.

  • Dr. Sally Perreault Darney (NIEHS; Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Health Perspectives): Manuscript review
  • Dr. Francesco DeMayo (NIEHS; Editor-in-Chief of Biology of Reproduction): Manuscript review
  • Dr. Susan Taymans (NICHD; Program Director): Grant review
  • Dr. Humphrey Yao (NIEHS; longstanding member of study sections): Grant review

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.

Services

Roommate Referral Service

The SSR Roommate Referral Service is now up and running! If you are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room for the 2017 Annual Meeting, please fill out the Roommate Referral Application Form and email to roommate@ssr.org. The Roommate Referral Service Coordinator, Katie Chiang, will manage this service for the Washington meeting, and will do her best to find a suitable roommate for you. Please act soon—the deadline for submissions to the Roommate Referral Service is Monday, 12 June 2017.

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