Mentoring and Professional Development
The GSA Mentoring and Professional Development Committee (MaPD) endeavors to assist GSA Members at any stage with their professional development by:
promoting and providing effective mentoring and training opportunities;
empowering women, broadening inclusion, and providing support for underserved populations;
highlighting career paths within and beyond traditional academia and nurturing a diverse professional population;
and serving the needs of our student and postdoc members, including providing leadership opportunities for our trainee members beyond the scope of a single department or institution.
Mentoring and Training Opportunities
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide enhanced networking and mentorship experiences in support of the training and career development of individuals from groups identified by the NIH as underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers. NRMN is intended to enable mentees across career stages to find effective mentors who will engage in productive, supportive and culturally responsive mentoring relationships.
Trainee-centric programming at GSA conferences
GSA provides a variety of programming for trainees at its conferences:
GSA Trainee Bootcamps are pre-conference career development workshops. Session topics have included finding funding, getting published, navigating academia, and exploring careers beyond traditional academia.
Mentoring luncheons provide opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to have informal conversations with senior scientists regarding the unique challenges and rewards of a scientific career.
Plenary sessions and workshops for undergraduates give attendees the chance to talk to a panel of graduate students about applications, interviewing, admissions, choosing a lab, and quality of life in graduate school.
The GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards, The Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Award, and the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, are travel awards available to student and postdoctoral members to support costs to attend scientific meetings.
Empowering Women, Broadening Inclusion, and Providing Support for Underserved Populations
Women in Genetics
The Women in Genetics sub-committee is committed to the inclusion and empowerment of women. Events at GSA conferences are organized to allow women to connect and network.
GSA strives to broaden inclusion and provide support for underserved populations through:
- National Research Mentoring Network
- Participation in annual meetings and presentation awards for underrepresented groups
Highlighting career paths within and beyond traditional academia and nurturing a diverse professional population
GSA offers a variety of career resources and opportunities, including the jobs website GeneticsCareers.org, Career Series and Career Profiles on GSA’s blog Genes to Genomes, and Career Centers at GSA conferences that offer career counseling, workshops, and much more.
In recognition of the vital role students and postdocs play in the future of genetics research, GSA provides funding to student and postdoc members to organize local and regional symposia in subjects relevant to the GSA mission. Applicants are encouraged to develop new, grassroots events that will benefit their colleagues and the community.
Early Career Leadership Opportunities
Each year GSA recruits graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to serve the Society as a representative to the GSA Board of Directors or a programmatic committee.