The Student Affairs Committee of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is coordinating several networking activities during the meeting. Please plan to take advantage of these opportunities.
Student/Postdoc Treasure Hunt
At this year’s annual meeting, the students and postdocs are encouraged to participate in our first annual Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Treasure Hunt. This activity is intended to facilitate networking between the students/postdocs and the Society members at the annual meeting. A list of tasks will be available at the registration desk. All students/postdocs who complete the list will receive a prize, and there will be a random drawing for all participants who complete at least half of the list (two chances for those who complete all tasks) for a grand prize of $100. The drawing will take place at the banquet. All who participate are winners, but you must be present to collect a prize. Tasks will include interacting with various members and participating in activities over the course of the meeting. Consider the experience a human treasure hunt. It is a great opportunity to discuss your research, connect with members and attendees, learn about different career paths, and forge relationships that you will “treasure” throughout your career!
Get acquainted or reacquainted with your fellow student and postdoctoral attendees before the start of the meeting. Students and postdoctoral attendees are encouraged to meet at 5:30 pm on Saturday, June 28.
Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Platform Session
Discover more about the research of other students and postdocs. Support your colleagues at the platform session on Sunday, June 29 from 9:00 am–12:00 noon. The two best presentations in this session will be selected to receive a Wilson Presentation Award of $500.
James C. Bradford Memorial Student Poster Award
This is an award for the best poster presentation by a student at the annual meetings of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and Neurobehavioral Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (NBTS). It is jointly sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (MARTA) and Sanofi. The award will be announced during the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Banquet.
Student Career Event
Take advantage of this great networking opportunity. Join MARTA and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention for dinner, conversation, and networking at a Student Career Event on Monday, June 30 from 7:30 pm–10:00 pm. This popular annual event is for students and postdocs attending the joint meetings of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and NBTS. As you prepare for the next phase in your professional career, we offer you this opportunity to meet your fellow students and postdocs and to interact with scientists from academia, government, and industry. This is also an opportunity for you to discuss your future and the various career paths available to you.
Student and Postdoctoral Lunch Workshop (Advance Registration Required)
Building a Successful Career in Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
Two lunchtime workshops will provide career development advice for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers followed by a focused panel discussion to address attendees’ specific questions. Speakers will represent government, academe, and industry to provide perspectives on training and skills needed for different career tracks. Specific topics include improving writing skills, navigating the publication process, implementing Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), integrative thinking, and NextGen training needs for developmental and reproductive toxicologists.
Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention 33rd Annual Volleyball Game
Come one, come all and join in the fun! The 33rd Annual Volleyball Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2 from 6:30 am–7:30 am at the Community Gym at Tyee Middle School located at 13630 SE Allen Road, Bellevue, WA. This is an event that you will not want to miss. Stop by the registration desk for more information on how to participate in this match—it is free and open to all attendees. If you don’t play, come out and cheer!
Become More Involved
The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention encourages students and postdoctoral fellows to become more involved by participating in the Society by becoming members of a committee. If you are interested in being part of a committee, please contact the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Headquarters office.