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2014 Important Dates


Workshop Deadline October 15
Abstract Submission Opens February 18
Conference Registration Opens February 25
Abstract Submission Deadline March 26
Chi-Bin Chien Award Nomination Deadline March 26
Abstract Revision Deadline March 27
Exhibit/ Sponsorship/ Advertising Deadline April 9
Travel Award Application Deadline May 1
Early Meeting Registration May 15
Platform and Poster Assignments online May 19
Housing Reservation May 24

Trainee Bootcamp

Tuesday, June 24, 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. 


11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Finding Funding
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
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.