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Trainee Bootcamp

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fee $40 in advance/$50 on site if space allows.


Based on feedback from trainees both in focus groups and individual conversations, GSA will implement a pre-conference “bootcamp” with a series of career development workshops. The GSA Career Luncheon, workshops, and other career development programs already instituted at GSA conferences will take place as usual during the regular conference schedule.

Graduate students and postdocs are welcome to register for Bootcamp while registering for the conference. 


10:30-10:45: Introduction PDF of Agenda (speaker contacts, resource links)


10:45-12:00: Getting Published - Slides
Trainees will learn how to identify the appropriate journal for publication, how to navigate the submission process, what reviewing looks like from the perspective of the reviewer and editor, and best practices when writing for peer-reviewed scientific journals.

12:00-1:45: Finding Funding - Overview slides; New investigator slides
The funding session will walk participants through identifying appropriate funding mechanisms, interacting with program officers before and after a submission, how to make an effective “sales-pitch" in the proposal, and the role of review panels and administrative personnel in the review process. In addition to federal funding opportunities in the US, there will also be some discussion of international funding opportunities.  (Box lunch will be provided)


1:45-2:00: Break

2:00-3:00: Navigating Academia
Trainees striving for an academic position will learn how to find job announcements, how to prepare written application materials (CVs, cover letters, teaching portfolios), and how to become a successful candidate.

3:00-4:00: Beyond Traditional Academia
Trainees will learn about different career alternatives, and explore a variety of paths to prepare for the switch from trainee to professional scientist.