Pre-conference Workshops

Worm2021 Virtual Welcome + Boot Camp

Friday, June 18, 10:00–11:00 a.m. EDT

This event helps conference attendees make the most of the conference. Topics covered may include: introduction to organizers of the meeting, advice on having meaningful interactions in a virtual space, a chance to meet other attendees in an informal setting, and an introduction to events in the scientific and other programming.

How to get involved in GSA’s Early Career Leadership Program (ECLP)

Friday, June 18, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT

GSA ECLP members will join us to share how grad students and postdocs can get involved in the ECLP, focusing on how the program has advanced their scientific skill sets and careers. GSA staff will walk through how and when to apply and will showcase programming early career scientists can participate in throughout the year.

Trainee Workshop + Forum

Friday, June 18, 12:00–4:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 19, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT

This workshop is designed to help late-stage PhD candidates and postdocs network, learn, and find support. During this two-day, hands-on event, topics covered will range from finding faculty positions, creating and tailoring a successful application package, networking, applying for funding, nailing the job interview, and more.

Registration space is limited.

Grants and Funding

Friday, June 18, 12:00–2:00 p.m. EDT

Attendees will be provided with important and useful information related to applying for research funding in this workshop. Experienced investigators and program officers will give talks, and attendees will have a chance to ask questions in a friendly, low-stress environment.

Career Exploration Panel

Friday, June 18, 2:00–4:00 p.m. EDT

A panel of individuals from multiple career paths will show the broad options available to those with a PhD. The career sectors highlighted will be: academic research, government research, science communication and writing, science policy, non-profit, business, outreach, and academic administration.

GENETICS Peer Review Training Program

Friday, June 18, 4:00–6:00 p.m. EDT

An introduction to peer reviewing for early career researchers, including graduate students, will be provided in this workshop. Best practices and a mock review will be covered by the presenters. Becoming a better reviewer will help you to become a better author and to hone some of the skills central to scientific success, including critical thinking, evaluating research, providing helpful feedback, and understanding the mindset and expectations of peer reviewers and editors.

Community and Connections

Friday, June 18, 7:00–8:00 p.m. EDT

GSA will host themed virtual discussion sessions on scientific, professional development, and other topics. Each meeting link will have a designated moderator to help lead a discussion. All career stages are welcome, with an emphasis on early career researchers.