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Annual Meeting Trainee Information

Trainee-Mentor Luncheon

The Trainee-Mentor Luncheon will take place Tuesday, 14 August, from 11:30 am 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.

Meet with Dr. Anthony Atala, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anthony Atala is a leader in Stem Cell Biology research and regenerative medicine. He will be giving the keynote address at the annual SSR meeting on Wednesday, 15 August, from 9:15 to 10:00 am. Immediately following his presentation, Dr. Atala has asked to meet with a handful of trainees after his lecture. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Atala, contact Dr. Zelieann Craig to get on the list.

Learn more about Dr. Atala at his website here.

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.


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

The Trainee Forum is taking the form of an NIH Grant Writing Workshop this year. For more information, see the description here.

Roommate Referral Service

Do you need to find a roommate to share a double dorm space in North Hall or at a hotel at this year’s meeting? This is a good way to get to know fellow trainees. If you would like to get in touch with other trainees needing roommates, send your name, contact information, and gender to Jeremy Larson. He will organize a list to help interested trainees contact one another.


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 Alison Ting and Sadhat Walusimbi, who have this message for you:

The 45th Annual SSR Meeting will be in State College, Pennsylvania in 2012, 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. Placement Service
  5. Posters
  6. Sessions and Symposia
  7. Social Events
  8. 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! Here are just a few testimonials:

“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, be sure to check the box for the Trainee Volunteer Sub-committee (TVS) on your registration form. If you have questions or comments, please visit read the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact this years TVS organizers, Alison Ting ( and Sadhat Walusimbi (