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2014 Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens March 21
Conference Registration Opens March 28
Travel Award Application April 24
Abstract Submission Deadline April 24
DeadlineAbstract Revision Deadline April 25
Microphone Runner Application Deadline April 26
Platform/Poster Assignments Online June 8
Abstract Search and Program Planner Online June 25
Early Meeting Registration June 26
Housing Reservation June 26

Trainee Bootcamp

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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. 


PDF of Agenda (speaker emails, bios, useful links)

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Finding Funding (Slides - NSF, NIH, International)
Trainees will hear about different funding mechanisms available through NIH and NSF as well as a brief description of the proposal review process (box lunches provided). After lunch, participants will break out into small groups to discuss grant writing tips and workshop specific aims for proposals.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: 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.

3:00 – 4:00 pm: 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.

4:00 – 5:00 pm: 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.