Professional Development Programs

For graduate students/postdocs

GENETICS Peer Review Training Program (pre-conference)

This workshop will provide an introduction to peer reviewing for early career researchers, including graduate students. The workshop will cover best practices and a mock review. 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.

Career Exploration Panel (pre-conference)

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, government research, science communication and writing, science policy, non-profit, business, outreach, and academic administration.

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.

For early career faculty and postdocs

New Faculty Forum (pre-conference)

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.

Grants & Funding (pre-conference)

This workshop provides attendees with important and useful information related to applying for research funding. Attendees hear talks from experienced investigators and program officers, and they have a chance to ask questions in a friendly, low-stress environment.

Publishing Q&A (pre-conference)

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.

For all attendees

Community & Connections (during Conference)

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.

Dros2021 Virtual Boot Camp (pre- and post-conference)

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.