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2011 Annual Meeting Trainee Information

Trainee-Mentor Luncheon

The Trainee-Mentor Luncheon will take place Monday, 1 August, from 11:30 to 1:00 pm. The luncheon provides Trainee participants with the opportunity to talk to an SSR scientist about careers and science during a catered lunch. More information, including information about the scheduled mentors, and a form to submit your choices for mentors to have lunch with, is available on the Trainee-Mentor Luncheon page.

Trainee Grants and Awards

Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF)

See our Travel Grants and Fellowships page.

SSR Trainee Research Awards

See our Trainee Research Awards page.

USDA NRI Merit Awards

See our Travel Grants and Fellowships page.

Lalor Foundation Merit Awards

See our Travel Grants and Fellowships page.

Travel Grants for Underrepresented Minority Trainees and Junior Faculty

See our Travel Grants and Fellowships page.

FASEB MARC Travel Awards

See our Travel Grants and Fellowships page.

Placement Service

The SSR Placement Service provides a vehicle for introducing potential candidates to potential employers seeking to fill predoctoral, postdoctoral, industrial, technical, and faculty positions. This web-based service allows candidates and employers to search for each other in real-time, anytime. Potential employers are encouraged to create an account and post their position in advance of the annual meeting—be sure to indicate whether you will have a representative at the annual meeting to meet with position candidates. Position seekers are encouraged to create an account to create their profile and view downloadable information.

Trainee Forum and Mixer

The Trainee Forum will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd and features scientist, non-fiction novelist, and biographer Dr. Leon Speroff. Dr. Speroff will be entertaining us with his thoughts on "Gregory Pincus and the Development of the Birth Control Pill". The Forum will be immediately followed by the Mixer at 6:30pm. This wine and cheese reception is sponsored by Found Animals Foundation, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to control pet overpopulation. As part of this mission, Found Animals is encouraging reproductive research focused on non-surgical sterilization techniques for cats and dogs through the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology. To learn more about the research funding available through the Michelson Grants and to network with fellow SSR members, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

Roommate Referral Service

The SSR’s Roommate Referral service is being coordinated by Jeremy Larson. This service connects trainees (and others) with persons seeking roommates for the meeting. The SSR Roommate Referral service is now closed. The deadline for submitting a referral request was 2 July.


The Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee, or TVS, is a committee formed by the Society to provide structured opportunities for trainees to participate in the annual meeting. This year, the Trainee Volunteers are being organized by Sadie Murdie, who writes:

Call for Trainee Volunteers!!!

The 44th Annual SSR Meeting will be in Portland, Oregon in 2011, and we need your help to make this meeting a huge success! Trainee volunteers are responsible for the behind the scenes action, including help with:

  1. Pre-Registration Desk
  2. Slide Preview Room
  3. Signage
  4. Posters
  5. Sessions and Symposia
  6. Social Events
  7. 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. Volunteers will receive an SSR t-shirt in appreciation of their help.

AND…it’s a great way to meet peers and network with influential scientists in our field!

Past Volunteer Testimonies - Benefits for All!

“While demonstrating leadership and service to my society I had the opportunity to meet several scientists. Regardless of whether the discussion led to potential career opportunities, help with my own research, or just learning more about the people in our field of study, these conversations were always fruitful.”—Rebecca Bott
“Attending the SSR annual meeting as a trainee presents a wonderful opportunity to talk with outstanding people about their research. More importantly, you get exposure to the scientific community, and can receive feedback, suggestions, and positive criticism. Furthermore, volunteering is an exceptional chance to establish connections with other professors and fellow students for possible future collaborations.”—Martin Maquivar
“I will definitely be volunteering for this committee in future meetings as long as I am a trainee.”—Cecily Bishop

If you are interested and/or have questions or comments, please visit the SSR Annual Meeting Website for updates and information. See you in Portland!

Sadie Murdie and Alison Ting,
2011 Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee co-chairs