Professional Development Programs

Post-Conference Workshops

New Faculty Workshop

Tuesday, May 11, 1:00 –3:30 p.m. EDT

This event is designed to help new faculty (those within their first five years of appointment) and postdocs network, learn, and find support. In the past, topics covered in this event included tools and techniques for managing budgets effectively, tips for negotiating and establishing relationships with vendors, and tips on being a supportive mentor. Advance registration is required. Advance registration is required.
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Grants and Funding

Thursday, May 13, 1:00 –2:00 p.m. EDT

This workshop provides attendees with important and useful information related to applying for research funding in the United States and internationally. Attendees will hear talks from experienced investigators and program officers, and have a chance to ask questions in a friendly, low-stress environment. Advance registration is required.
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For students and first-time attendees 

Conference Success Tips and Welcome from the Early Career Leadership Program
Tuesday, March 16, 10:00 –11:00 a.m.

The purpose of this event is to help 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
Tuesday, March 16, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

GSA Early Career Leadership Program (ECLP) members will join us in sharing how to get involved in the ECLP, focusing on how the program has advanced their scientific skill sets and careers. GSA will walk through how and when to apply and showcase programming Early Career Scientists can participate in throughout the year.

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Career Exploration Panel

Tuesday, March 16, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

This event will show the broad options available to those with a PhD by hosting a panel of individuals from multiple career paths. The career sectors highlighted will be: academic research, industry research, biotech, science writing, science teaching, and academic administration.

Careers in Academia
Wednesday, March 17, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

This 90-minute discussion panel will feature department heads and academic faculty who will discuss applying and hiring in academia from both sides of the process, as well as provide insight into an academic career.

Poster Invitations (during conference)

Undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral GSA members may invite up to three scientists to attend their poster. GSA will reach out to these scientists with their contact information and link to their poster.

Publishing Q&A 

Friday, March 19, 3:00 –5:30 p.m.

Students and postdocs are invited to join journal editors—including editors and editorial staff from the GSA journals, GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics—to discuss the ins and outs of getting an article published.

Reproducibility for Everyone 
Wednesday, March 17, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Organizers: N. Haelterman, N. Jadavji

Rigor and reproducibility are at the core of modern science and set apart scientific inquiry from pseudoscience. Several new initiatives and tools have been established to address barriers to reproducibility. While very welcome, these projects have led to a proliferation of online tools and resources which can be hard to sift through. This workshop will introduce you to reproducible workflows and a range of tools for the organization, documentation, analysis, and dissemination of scientific data. After a brief introduction on the topic of reproducibility, the workshop will provide specific tips and tools useful in improving your daily research workflows. This will include the 101 of all data handling, wet lab protocol sharing platforms, documentation of code using notebooks, workflow systems, and version control, best practices for plotting of small data sets and reagent sharing platforms. This will help you to share your work with your future self, your immediate colleagues and the wider scientific community.

Research, Teaching, and Careers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)
Thursday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Organizers: J. Leatherman, T. Dohn, J. Merkle

This workshop focuses on equipping the faculty at PUIs with information to support undergraduate research, grant writing, integrating research and teaching, and supporting prospective PUI faculty in their career development. Our goals are: 1) Provide a forum in which those interested in a PUI career path can learn and interact with current PUI faculty, 2) Build community and connections between PUI faculty to provide support in issues specific to PUIs, 3) Share grant writing, mentoring, and teaching tips & techniques to encourage Drosophila research and integration in the classroom.

Multilingual Networking 
Friday, March 19, 1:00 –2:00 p.m.

Join us for this exciting event to network in the language of your choice! At this multilingual networking event, Dros21 participants who speak languages other than English have a chance to network and talk about science in their native language or language of choice with other participants. If you are interested in hosting a language, please contact engagement@genetics-gsa.org.

Networking Breaks

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

Day 1: Wednesday, March 24, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Topics include:

  • Evolution, Immunity, and the Microbiome
  • Applying to Graduate School and Postdoc Positions
  • Cell Biology and Growth
  • Cell Stress and Cell Death
  • Chromatin, Epigenetics, and Genomics
  • Disability in Science
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Junctions and Epithelial Dynamics
  • Doing Science at a PUI
  • LGBTQ+ in Science
  • Models of Human Disease

Day 2: Friday, March 26, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Topics include:

  • Learning to teach with active learning
  • Neural Circuits and Behavior
  • Neural Development and Physiology
  • Parents in Science
  • Patterning, Morphogenesis, and Organogenesis
  • Physiology, Metabolism, and Aging
  • Professional Development and Careers in Science
  • Regulation of Gene Expression
  • Reproduction and Gametogenesis
  • Signal Transduction
  • Stem Cells, Regeneration, and Tissue Injury
  • Teaching at a PUI


These events are only available for #Dros21 registrants. If you have already registered for the conference and need to add one of the events that requires pre-registration, contact engagement@genetics-gsa.org.