March 2010

Professional Development at the Annual Meeting

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Times and locations for annual meeting events.

•A podcast interview with Larry Shapiro, the subject of “Naturally Obsessed.”

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., is only a month away. In addition to a great scientific program, we’ve planned several events that are geared toward the professional development of young scientists— undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

14th Annual ASBMB Undergraduate Student Poster Competition

Now in its 14th year, this poster competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to showcase their research. The event, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, is a great way to meet fellow undergraduate attendees and to make friends and contacts before the meeting starts. The poster session also will have a networking break during which students can visit with prospective graduate school representatives. Prizes for the best posters will be awarded Sunday, April 25, at the ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education lecture.

The video below shows footage of the poster competition from the 2009 meeting in New Orleans.


Careers in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: A World of Options, a Variety of Skills

The lectures in these symposia, sponsored by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee, will occur from Saturday, April 24, through Tuesday, April 27. The lectures cover a variety of topics, including the skills that employers are looking for and tips for grant writing. The symposia also feature a panel on biochemistry and molecular biology careers and a career workshop for undergraduate students.

Graduate/Postdoctoral and Graduate Minority Travel Award Symposium

This event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 23, with a keynote lecture titled “Adventures in a Scientific Career: Juggling Research, Teaching and Real Life” by Graham C. Walker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This will be followed by a poster session in which all ASBMB travel award recipients will present their work.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development Program*

Back for a third year, this popular program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24. It will feature a morning panel on such careers as teaching, patent law and science writing, a networking luncheon and afternoon workshops that address issues particular to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


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