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Hello from the Trainee Affairs Committee!

The 54th Annual Meeting is just around the corner in St. Louis, Missouri! We hope that you have submitted your best work and applied to the Trainee awards and grants that are available. The TAC has put together a number of Trainee-specific events (detailed below) allowing you to take full advantage of all that the meeting has to offer.

Meeting Registration

To ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck, we highly recommend you take advantage of Early-Bird Registration.  


Trainee Volunteers Needed

We need your help to make SSR 2021 a success! We are currently looking for trainees to volunteer their time during the meeting to work behind-the-scenes and help with the day-to-day running of the meeting! Volunteering is a great way to expand your personal and professional networks, enhance your soft skills, and learn about the inner workings of the Society.  Volunteering requires a minimal time commitment of one 2-hour shift but you are always welcome to sign up for more. You can choose from a variety of activities to find those that most interest you. Volunteer options include;

  • Greeting meeting attendees at the registration desk

  • Collecting tickets at special events

  • Helping presenters upload their presentations

  • Placing signage around the meeting venue

  • Attending specified symposia and acting as a liaison should facilities services, or IT be required

Volunteering is all about what you make it; this is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the society with minimum commitment and a great introduction to what some of the more intensive positions entail should you want more involvement in the future. Please keep an eye out for a call for session co-chairs and trainee hosts. All volunteers will receive a free SSR 2021 t-shirt, designed by our own talented Trainee, Katie Chiang! Interested trainees should check the ‘Volunteer’ box on their registration form, or if you have already registered, please contact the Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee Chair & Co-Chair, Saniya Rattan at volunteer@ssr.org, and Courtney Sutton. Saniya and Courtney will then contact everyone who responds closer to the meeting so you can choose the specific volunteer tasks you would like to be involved in!

Virtual Fun Run

This year the annual SSR 5K Fun Run will be a virtual event! Any member can attend the fun run and run any time during the week of the conference. Register HERE

Trainee Happy Hour

This is for Trainees only (no guests). Come to a casual happy hour to get to know other trainees in an informal setting on Tuesday, December 14th from 6:15 - 7:30 pm before the SSR Annual Conference begins. Tickets are $10. Register HERE

Trainee Forum 

The Trainee Forum is scheduled on Tuesday, December 14 from 1-2:30 PM  and will be titled, “Searching, Applying, Interviewing, and Negotiating for Your First Job”, consisting of four speakers, each with varying experience from academia, industry, and government. This year’s Trainee Forum will consist of a brief introduction by each panel member followed by a question and answer session from trainees. Register HERE

Trainee Mentor Luncheon

The Trainee-Mentor Luncheon (TML) for the 2021 SSR Annual Meeting will provide trainees an opportunity to engage with SSR mentors in an informal lunch setting. The TML will be Saturday, December 18 from 12:00PM-1:15PM. Coordinators, Alison Ermisch and Carolina Gonzalez-Berrios, have been recruiting mentors from academia, editorial staff, clinicians, funding agency representatives, and embryologists. We will cap the number of trainees at 150 and work to encourage productive discussions. Please remember to sign up for the event when you register for the meeting! If you have not signed up during registration, please contact membership@ssr.org.  Tickets for the luncheon are $25. Register HERE

Trainee Diversity Lunch 

The SSR Program, Diversity, and Trainee Affairs Committees have put together a collaborative new plenary session followed by a trainee event exploring the need for diversity and inclusivity in STEM and within our society for the upcoming 2021 annual meeting. Plenary speaker Dr. Kathryn B.H. Clancy, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, will speak on 'The Science of Gender Harassment'. The next day, we will have a diversity focused trainee luncheon event, including a panel discussion entitled “Making a More Inclusive Scientific Society”. Panelists will include Dr. Elizabeth Bonney (University of Vermont Medical Center), Dr. John Parrish (University of Wisconsin Madison), Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller (Tuskegee University), and Dr. Lindsey Treviño (City of Hope).

Our goal for this new session is to highlight the importance of diversity in STEM, particularly for trainees, to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, and productive place for all scientists for years to come. This open discussion format will provide a safe space for trainees to explore topics affecting women and underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines, and unconscious bias. We hope that this session will provide a positive environment to identify strategies to address the challenges of building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive society where all SSR members feel welcomed and valued.

Career Consultation Center

This year’s CCC coordinator is Ben Duran, who has put together a diverse and impressive list of mentors. The CCC will be run concurrently with the poster sessions from December 16-18, 8:00AM-10:00AM. Trainees will be able to schedule a brief (30 minutes) one-on-one with a mentor of their choice (space-permitting) to discuss any career-related subject, including resume review, choosing the next career steps, the funding application process, work-life balance, or visa/green card process advice. Interested trainees should contact Ben Duran for further questions or reserve an appointment. Mentor bios will be posted on the website soon. Space is limited. Get in early to secure your spot! Contact Ben at careers@ssr.orgif you have any questions!  2021 CCC Flyer

Roommate Referral Service

The SSR Roommate Referral Service is now up and running! If you are interested in sharing the cost of a hotel room for the 2021 Annual Meeting, please fill out the Roommate Referral Application Form and email roommate@ssr.org.  The Roommate Referral Service Coordinator, Genna Wilber, will manage this service for the St. Louis meeting and will do her best to find a suitable roommate for you. The deadline for submissions to the Roommate Referral Service is Monday, 8 November 2021.

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