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Early Career Scientist Career Development Subcommittee

The Career Development Subcommittee supports early career scientists as they navigate their career paths, learn about career options, and curate resume-enhancing skills and experiences. Members work together to develop resources that highlight the myriad career trajectories that are possible with a genetics education and research training.

Advisors:

  • Erika Matunis (GSA Board of Directors, Johns Hopkins University)
  • CJ Neely (Johns Hopkins University)

Goals:

  • Build relationships with professionals and companies in the larger scientific community to create deeper connections with the Society and its members.
  • Highlight the versatility of model organism geneticists to enter a variety of career pathways.

Initial Projects:

  • Organize the Career Development Workshop Series, a series of virtual workshops designed to help early career scientists connect and plan their future careers.
  • 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.

Current Members:

Amanda Shaver

Co-Chair

Molly Matty

Co-Chair

Michelle Jonika

Member

Nicole Torosin

Member

Oindrila De

Member

Antonia De Maio

Member

Read profiles of our current ECS Leaders on Genes to Genomes

Featured Project

“Decoding Life”
“Decoding Life” is a series featured on the GSA blog Genes to Genomes. Members of the Career Development Subcommittee interview geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. The series is a valuable resource for early career scientists who want to explore the vast career possibilities that an education in genetics offers.

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Learn more about Early Career Leadership at GSA

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, GSA developed the Early Career Scientist 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.

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GENETICS Peer Review Training Program

Peer-reviewers are vital to science, yet early career scientists in our field rarely receive formal training in how to be a good reviewer. GSA and GENETICS are addressing this gap with a program that gives early career members real-world peer review experience. Participants will receive online training, advice from GENETICS editors, and will become reviewers for manuscripts submitted to the journal.

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Read the latest "Decoding Life" on Genes to Genomes.

Careers

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata: Life is about working and living at the same time

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata works across disciplines to balance economic development and environmental conservation. Here we talk about approaching problems from different perspectives and making time to live while you work. In the Decoding Life series, we talk to geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. This series […]

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Careers

Tracy Raines: Success through persistence and passion

Tracy Raines works at AgBiome as a project leader and strategist. Her scientific career spans academia and industry. In her current role, she oversees the company’s workflow while also working in business and partnership development. In the “Decoding Life” series, we talk to geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. […]

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Careers

Stuart Macdonald on enjoying working in different environments

Stuart Macdonald is the Director of the K-INBRE Bioinformatics Core Facility, as well as a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas. He points out the importance of mentoring in his career journey, from the UK to the US, and he discusses how he balances different aspects of his job. […]

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