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Early Career Scientist Leadership Program

 

Students, postdocs, and other early career scientists (ECS) are the future of the GSA community. To strengthen their voice in the Society, the GSA has developed an ECS leadership and professional development program. This program provides rich opportunities for early career scientists to develop skills, gain leadership experience, network, and produce concrete deliverables that demonstrate their abilities.

 


 

WHO: The program is designed for grad student and postdoc members of the GSA looking for leadership and professional development opportunities.

 

WHAT: You will work closely with other ECS members, as well as experienced mentors, to explore issues and themes related to advancement of early career members. Each subcommittee proposes, develops, and implements programming that addresses unmet needs in our community.

 

WHERE: Anywhere in the world. The program is conducted remotely via phone, internet, and e-mail. Participants in some locations in North America may also have opportunities to take part in-person at GSA Conferences and Career Development Symposia.

 

WHEN: Appointments are typically for two years, and the next cohort will be appointed in January 2019. Applications are due November 30, 2019.

 

WHY:

  • Contribute to the advancement of early career scientists and the scientific enterprise.

  • Receive training and mentoring from GSA staff, GSA board members, other academic faculty, and leaders from the non-academic workforce.

  • Collaborate with PhD geneticists working in diverse sectors and industries.

  • Produce deliverables that show the fruits of your hard work (important for a job search), such as blog posts, infographics, program documents, lists and resources, social media campaigns, e-mail newsletters, surveys, and more.

  • Develop and demonstrate your professional skills, including: writing and editing, writing for nonscientists, communication, mentoring, seeking advice from advisors and mentors, demonstrating workplace etiquette, complying with rules and regulations, upholding commitments and meeting deadlines, maintaining positive relationships with colleagues, contributing to your discipline, planning and organizing projects, time management, delegating responsibilities, leading and motivating others, serving as a role model, careful recordkeeping, demonstrating responsible authorship and publication practices, and maintaining a professional network.

HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please use the linked form. Are you a current member? Check your membership status here. Questions? E-mail SHall@genetics-gsa.org

 

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Current Early Career Scientist Leaders and committees

 

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›› Early Career Scientist Steering Committee

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Gavin Rice
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Ryan Briscoe Runquist
Steering Committee Co-Chair

Ina Anreiter
Member

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Veronica Donato
Member

Nele Haelterman
Member

Lindsay Holden
Member

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Shan Meltzer
Member

Anthony Arena
Liaison, Policy Subcommittee

Mahlon Collins
Liaison, Communication &
Outreach Subcommittee

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Kristin Lee
Liaison, Career Development Subcommittee

Lucy Xie
Liaison, Diversity Subcommittee

 

Advisors:

Victoria McGovern (Burroughs Wellcome Fund), JoAnne Engebrecht (GSA Board of Directors, UCSD)

 

Goals:

• Understand the interests, challenges, and concerns of early career scientists.

• Collect and disseminate data to guide the activities of the three subcommittees.

 

Initial Projects:

• Create communication pieces on policies that impact training, including suggestions for change.

• Collaborate with early career social scientists to survey the scientific community.

 


 

›› Career Development Subcommittee

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Tony Patelunas
Co-Chair

Amanda Shaver
Co-Chair

Bernarda Calla
Member

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Abigail DiVito
Member

Malgorzata Gazda
Member

Nicole Green
Member

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Ruchi Jhonsa
Member

Seyma Katrinli
Member

Kristin Lee
Member

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Sonali Majumdar
Member

 
 

 
 

 

Advisors:

Erika Matunis (GSA Board of Directors, Johns Hopkins University), Pat Phelps (Johns Hopkins University)

 

Goals:

• Build relationships with professionals and companies in the larger scientific community to create deeper connections with the Society and its membership.

• Highlight the versatility of model organism geneticists to enter a variety of career pathways.

 

Initial Projects:

• Develop the “Decoding Life” interview series as blog and social media posts to demonstrate the diversity of career options for PhD scientists.

• Create communication pieces highlighting the strength of underrepresented life histories to advance the scientific enterprise.

 


 

›› Communication & Outreach Subcommittee

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Adam Ramsey
Co-Chair

Jessica Velez
Co-Chair

Narjes Alfuariji
Member

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Haifa Alhadyian
Member

Anna Bajur
Member

Carla Bautista Rodríguez
Member

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Mahlon Collins
Member

Angel Fernando Cisneros Caballero
Member

Zach Grochau-Wright
Member

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Adelita Mendoza
Member

Vandana Raghavan
Member

Raj Rajeshwar Malinda
Member

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Amey Redkar
Member

Joseph Tolsma
Member

 
 

 

Advisors:

Cassandra Extavor (Harvard University), Thomas Merritt (Laurentian University)

 

Goals:

• Draw connections between fundamental discoveries that have originated in the genetics community and show how they have contributed to advancements in science, medicine and technology.

 

Initial Projects:

• Create infographics and communication pieces describing transformative discoveries for a general audience.

 


 

›› Policy Subcommitee

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Lacy Barton
Co-Chair

Emma Powell
Co-Chair

Anthony Arena
Member

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Jo Bairzin
Member

Albert Hinman
Member

Ana Mesquitaa
Member

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Nathaniel Noblett
Member

Lossie Rooney
Member

 
 

 

Advisors:

Lynn Marquis (Coalition for the Life Sciences), Gary McDowell (Future of Research)

 

Goals:

• Explore current policies and their implications for graduate and postdoctoral training, research funding, and the advancement of the scientific enterprise.

• Communicate with Society members, government representatives, and other scientists.

 

Initial Projects:

• Create policy newsletter.

• Curate list of policy fellowship and training opportunities.

 


 

›› Diversity Subcommittee

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Zach Farrow
Co-Chair

Lucy Xie
Co-Chair

Tiffany Baiocchi
 

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Jaclyn Bubnell
 

Abigail LaBella
 

Filomene Morrison
 

 

Advisors:

Dana Miller (University of Washington), Robert Ward (University of Kansas)

 

Goals:

• Communicate factors that create a welcoming environment for individuals from underrepresented groups.

• Create programming that contributes to building community and mentoring networks.

 

Initial Projects:

• Develop mentoring program for early career members.

• Provide suggestions for creating inclusive conference environments.

 


 

 

 

 


 

 


 

Learn more about the ECS Leaders and their projects:

 

ECS Leadership Spotlights - Read profiles of our current ECS leaders.

 

GENETICS Program in Scientific Reviewing - Receive one-on-one mentoring in manuscript reviewing from members of the GENETICS Editorial Board.

 

Decoding Life - Interviews with geneticists who have diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training.

 

Early Career Scientist Weekly e-newsletter - Featuring resources, opportunities, and job listings for our early career members.

 

GSA steps up its focus on early career scientists - Read about Sonia Hall’s vision for the Leadership Program. Sonia is GSA’s Director of Engagement and Development.