Graduate and Postdoctoral Events

TRAVEL AWARD POSTER SESSION AND ACTIVE NETWORKING EVENT
Friday, April 25, 5:15 pm - 7:30 pm (Check in, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm)
San Diego Convention Center, 6A

Friday evening's events are required attendance events, exclusively for recipients of the ASBMB Graduate Minority and Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Awards. All others are welcome to register for Saturday's Professional Development Program for Trainees (see below).

TRAVEL AWARD ACTIVE NETWORKING EVENT

On Friday, travel awardees will be arriving in San Diego from all over the world.  Tired from a long day of travel, or charged with nerves, we'll energize the crowd and burn off any nervous energy with a fun, fast-paced, networking activity.  From the very start of the meeting, we'll get everyone meeting, talking, and networking.  Join us with an open mind and a positive attitude.  Door prizes will be drawn and refreshments served.  

Event is invitation only for our travel award recipients. 

POSTER SESSION, PART I

Following the opening networking event, Graduate Minority and Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Awardees will present their research to fellow recipients and continue networking with peers. Poster Session, Part II is hosted on Saturday.  Travel award recipients are required to attend both sessions. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR TRAINEES
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, (Check in 8:30 am - 8:50 am outside Room 6A)
San Diego Convention Center
Event registration for this program is fully subscribed. (*)

CAREER OPTIONS: THE BENCH, THE BOARDROOM OR IN BETWEEN?
9:00 am - 12:15 pm, Room 6D

Careers in industry, science journalism, regulatory affairs, and more are presented in the morning’s program.  Each speaker will briefly share his/her story to finding a fulfilling career that may be of interest to you or that you may not have considered before.  Helpful suggestions will be offered for those interested in pursuing a similar career.  An open Q&A session with the panel will follow so you can ask specific questions.  Presenters join attendees for lunch and continued discussion.

Presenters:

Academic Medical Center
Joanna Groden, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Creating a Career in Regulatory Affairs
J
enny Grodberg, Trius Therapeutics Inc

From Britain to the Bay Area - My Adventures in Biotech
Jennie Lill, Genentech

Life at a Predominately Undergraduate Institution: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Mitchell Malachowski, University of San Diego

In and Out of Academic Science, A Career in Technical Sales and Business Development
Joe Soughayer, IonOptix Scientific Instruments

Options Beyond Academia in Scientific Editing
Laura M. Zahn, Senior Editor, SCIENCE

NETWORKING LUNCHEON
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Invited presenters will join trainees for continued discussion of career interests and issues over lunch.

POSTER SESSION, PART II
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

All are welcome at the afternoon poster session featuring Graduate and Postdoctoral Travel Awardee presentations.  Part I hosted on Friday.  Awardees are required to attend both sessions. 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Concurrent afternoon workshops allow you to pick the session that best targets your career stage, goals and interests or feel free to move between workshops to take away helpful information from all three discussions.  These workshops are question and answer discussions between the attendees and panelists.  You will also have an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the meeting.

I. Pathway(s) to Your Own Lab: A Workshop for Postdoctoral Fellows

A no-holds barred question and answer session on becoming a PI of your own lab.  There is no single right answer to how this is done, but through shared experiences of the panel and audience members already starting the process, participants at any stage of their postdoc should find helpful hints to achieving success in academia.

Organizer: Christopher D. Heinen, U. of Connecticut Health Center
Joanna Groden, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Mitchell Malachowski, University of San Diego

II. Taking the Industrial Route - Tips for Careers in Science Industry

Panel discussion for graduate students and postdocs who are potentially interested in a career in industry.  This session is an opportunity to ask questions of those already in the field.  Find out if a career in industry may be right for you and what steps you can take now to prepare.

Jennie Lill, Genentech
Jenny Grodberg, Trius Therapeutics Inc

III. Advice for Surviving Graduate School: A Workshop for Graduate Students

This session will help students navigate graduate school by providing information and advice on how to take the next step.  A panel of presenters will address topics such as grant writing and thesis preparation, interview skills, looking for a Postdoc, and mentoring advice with an open Q&A session for the participants to get answers from the professionals. 

Organizer: Kimberly Dodge-Kafka, U. of Connecticut Health Center.
Michael Kapiloff, U. of Miami
Timothy O'Connell, U. of Minnesota

(*) EVENT REGISTRATION FOR SATURDAY'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR TRAINEES
Interested graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and advisors, must register when for this event during the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting registration process.  No onsite registration.  Registration closes when fully subscribed.  
Participation is mandatory for ASBMB Travel Award recipients (travel awardees do not need to register for this event, but must register for Experimental Biology). 

$25 for ASBMB members, includes lunch
$35 for all other EB registrants, includes lunch