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Graduate Student & Postdoc Leadership and Professional Development Opportunities


The Genetics Society of America (GSA) invites graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to volunteer to serve the Society on one of the GSA's committees. Graduate student and postdoctoral representatives help set GSA priorities and guide its activities.


Applicants should be current graduate student or postdoctoral members of GSA. Appointments will typically be for two years.


To apply, please use the linked form.


Possible opportunities include:

  • ECS Steering Committee. Collects and analyzes data to understand the interests, challenges, and concerns of early career scientists to inform the activities of the three subcommittees.

  • ECS Policy Subcommittee. Explores current policies and their implications for graduate and postdoctoral training, research funding, and the advancement of the scientific enterprise.

  • ECS Career Development Subcommittee. Builds relationships with geneticists working in all sectors of the workforce to highlight the variety of careers available.

  • ECS Communication and Outreach Subcommittee. Highlights important advancements originating in the model organism community

  • Advisory representative to the GSA Board of Directors. Each year, one graduate student or postdoc will be selected to participate in the semi-annual meetings of the GSA Board of Directors, which sets overall direction for the Society.

  • Conferences Committee. Provides guidance on the GSA conference portfolio and provides strategic direction to GSA-sponsored meetings.

  • Education Committee. Provides guidance to GSA on activities related to education and career development.

  • Mentoring and Professional Development Committee. Provides support to GSA members at any stage with their professional development by offering mentoring opportunities, highlighting careers paths beyond traditional academia, and broadening inclusion through the empowerment and support of women and underserved populations.

  • Publications Committee. Provides guidance on policies related to the publication of GSA’s journals, GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics.

  • Public Policy Committee. Provides guidance on GSA advocacy and science policy activities.

  • Other committees and working groups as decided by the Board of Directors.

Questions? Email