February 2010

Get Engaged at the Annual Meeting

Volunteer as a Poster Competition Judge


Gina Troy (Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y.) presents her poster to judge Ann Kruchten (Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.) at the 2009 ASBMB annual meeting in New Orleans.

As part of its annual meeting, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will host the 14th Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition on Saturday, April 24, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. The competition provides an excellent career-development experience for future biochemists through active networking and research presentation opportunities. The event continues to gain popularity, with more than 180 undergraduates signed up to compete this April, up from 150 in 2009.

After an initial judges’ orientation conducted by the Poster Organizing Committee, each poster will be assigned to members of a volunteer team for judging. Judges are matched with posters in their areas of expertise, and volunteers are never assigned to judge their own students’ presentations. The four judging groups are: systems biology, development, cell structure and fate; structural and functional analysis of proteins including enzymes; nucleic acid structure and function; and signaling.

At the conclusion of the competition, each team of judges selects a best poster award recipient and honorable mention citations to be presented at an awards ceremony Sunday, April 25.

Volunteering as a judge is a great way to actively engage in the annual meeting and support the growth of young scientists. If you are a principal investigator or a faculty member at an undergraduate institution and are available to volunteer on Saturday, April 24, please sign up to serve as a poster competition judge. To learn more about the poster competition or to sign up as a judge, please visit www.asbmb.org/postercompetition.

Joan Geiling (jgeiling@asbmb.org) is meetings manager at ASBMB.

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