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Important Dates:

September 24, 2014
Abstract Submission Opens

Conference Registration Opens

November 5, 2014
Deadline for Workshop Requests
November 10, 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline
December 1, 2014
Larry Sandler Award Submission Deadline
January 16, 2015
Deadline for Early (Discounted) Conference Registration
February 6, 2015
Deadline for Hotel Reservations


2015 Meeting Organizers:


Greg Beitel
Michael Eisen
Marc Freeman
Ilaria Rebay

Trainee Bootcamp

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fee $45 in advance/$55 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. 


PDF of Agenda with useful links, speaker bios and emails

10:30-10:45: Introduction Slides


10:45-12:00: Finding Funding 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)

12:00-1:45: 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.


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.