Trainee Information

2018 Trainee Information

Looking ahead to SSR 2018 in New Orleans!

SSR 2018 is around the corner and the Trainee Affairs Committee (TAC) has several exciting Trainee-specific events lined up.

1.    Trainee Forum. The 2018 Annual Meeting Trainee Forum is scheduled on July 10, from 10:15am-11:45am and will focus on “transition” and, is entitled "Treading thoughtfully through the career transitional path: Navigating successfully from graduate student to postdoc to academia or industry “. The forum panel will consist of Dr. Francesca Duncan (Northwestern University), Dr. John Bromfield (University of Florida), Dr. Tracy Clement (Texas A&M University) and Dr. Gaurang Daftary (Ferring Pharmaceuticals).

2.    Mock Grant Review. This year, we will be conducting a Mock Grant Review study section on Tuesday, July 10, from 1:30pm- 3:00pm to help demystify the grant review process. This event will be available for all meeting attendees, but you must register for the Grant Workshop on the SSR Registration form to reserve a space. Officials from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Food and Agriculture and members of SSR will guide you through the process. 

3.    Trainee-Mentor Luncheon (TML). The Trainee-Mentor Luncheon will take place on Thursday, July 12, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Looking for insights and advice about your research, future career path or work-life balance? Just want to talk science with an expert? Don’t miss this opportunity to converse with an established or emerging leader in Reproductive Biology over a catered lunch! Be sure to select the luncheon when you register for the SSR Annual Meeting. If you have already registered and did not select the Mentor Luncheon, you may still sign-up by emailing

From a diverse group of accomplished mentors, Trainees review mentor biosketches  and select their top 3 preferences for a mentor (click here for the Mentor Choice Form). Assignments will be emailed prior to the meeting. Any questions, please contact the Trainee Coordinator, Jeremy Egbert (

4.    Career Consultation Center. Trainees can schedule a one-on-one meeting with an SSR Regular Member to receive guidance on their CV, cover letters, and other issues they might face during their career progression. Katie Chiang (University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign) is the 2018 CV Review Center Coordinator. The Career Consultation Center at the Annual Meeting will be staffed by appointment only. Please click here to review the list of experienced mentors who will share their expertise and schedule your appointment today! .

5.    Roommate Referral Service (RRS). The SSR Roommate Referral Service is now up and running! If you are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room for the 2018 Annual Meeting, please fill out the Roommate Referral Application Form and email to (link sends e-mail). The Roommate Referral Service Coordinator, Rosalina Villalon Landeros, will manage this service for the New Orleans meeting, and will do her best to find a suitable roommate for you. The deadline for submissions to the Roommate Referral Service is Monday, 11 June 2018.

6. 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 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 Pei-Chih Lee and Brittany Foster.

  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

Erica Schoeller
Junior Trainee Representative

Jitu George
Senior Trainee Representative



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