Early Career Scientist (ECS) Steering Committee

Members of the ECS Steering Committee work to address the challenges and concerns of their fellow early career scientists. The Steering Committee, in cooperation with the ECS Subcommittees, provides helpful resources, gathers important feedback, and creates communications that unite and inform the scientific community.


  • Victoria McGovern (Burroughs Wellcome Fund)
  • JoAnne Engebrecht (UC Davis)


  • 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.

Current Members:

Gavin Rice


Ina Anreiter


Anthony Arena

Liaison, Policy Subcommittee

Mahlon Collins

Liaison, Communication & Outreach Subcommittee

Kristin Lee

Liaison, Career Development Subcommittee

Read profiles of our current ECS leaders on Genes to Genomes

Featured Project

Science in a Snapshot

Science in a Snapshot is a monthly webinar for early career members to share their science with the larger genetics community. Speakers are selected from our GENETICS Peer Review Training and ECS Leadership programs to present a ten-minute talk followed by questions and discussion. 

Join an ECS Committee.

Are you an early career scientist member of GSA? Apply for an ECS Committee to help shape the future of the GSA community and make your voice—and the voices of others like you—heard.

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Learn more about Early Career Leadership at GSA

Early Career Leadership and Professional Development 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 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, feedback, and will become reviewers for manuscripts submitted to GENETICS.

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