Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
Shea Tuberty, Chair
As the new SPDAC chair this year, I have rallied a team of enthusiastic divisional representatives at the San Diego SICB meetings and we have already begun planning for the next meetings in Orlando. Please see the list of new and returning divisional reps and the agenda for the SPDAC workshops below. After reading over the workshop ideas, if you know of anyone that you would like to nominate for a workshop panel position please forward that name to myself or your division rep. This would be a great way to provide some well-deserved kudos for your hard-working faculty mentors or provide a venue to show off your favorite professor, postdoc, or mentor with the rest of the SICB student membership- sense of humor is appreciated!
Also of general interest, this year SPDAC will revamp the "First-timers Orientation" and make it a more informative program for both returning members and newbies. It will be entitled "The SPDAC Welcome and SICB Meeting Orientation." Please see the list of material to be covered below. Suggestions for further materials to be included are welcome!
Appalachian State University
firstname.lastname@example.org ; (828) 262-6857
Animal Behavior: 2005-'08
Miami University (of Ohio)
Comparative Endocrinology: 2004-'07
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry: 2005-'08
University of Florida
*Developmental and Cell Biology: 2004-'07
University of South Carolina
Ecology and Evolution: 2004-'07
University of South Florida
Evolution and Developmental Biology: 2005-'08
George Washington University
Invertebrate Zoology: 2003-'06
Bodega Bay Marine Lab
California Institute of Technology
Systematic and Evolutionary Biology: 2005-'08
University of Florida
*Vertebrate Morphology: 2005-'08
Student/Postdoc Luncheon attracted a record number of attendees!
WORKING AGENDA FOR THE 2006 SICB MEETINGS IN ORLANDO FLORIDA
The SPDAC Welcome and SICB Meeting Orientation. (First day of meetings)
A) We will discuss some tried and true ideas on "How to get the most out of your SICB meeting." Powerpoint presentation with bulleted info including:
B) Lightning round of 1st timers' questions.
- i. How to find relevant talks/posters during the meetings
- ii. How to find everyone at the meetings - This should focus on the importance of schmoozing with the PIs, hobnobbing/socializing
- iii. How to approach a "big guy or gal"
- iv. How to enter or leave a room/move between rooms
- v. How to plan your meeting
- vi. How to get involved in SICB or attend business meetings and the importance of attending the meetings (exposure, recognition).
SPDAC Free Lunch (Second day of meetings)
This is the time to introduce ourselves to the majority of student/postdoc membership.
The Student Support Committee Chair and President of SICB will address students with a report of support programs.
Annual meeting of SPDAC held during/after this hour
Workshops (Last Evening of meetings)
Two workshops are being planned and will be held one after the other
Workshop #1: "Optimizing Your Graduate School Experience"
Perhaps this will be paneled by postdocs? We definitely encourage students to attend both.
- i) dealing with funding your graduate studies (even after TAships expire)
- ii) finding a good mentor (CUR, COS, societies, web listservers)
- iii) getting research funding as a graduate student
- iv) getting to meetings and making future connections (aka, networking)
- v) building your CV to impress future hirers
- vi) how to get the "right" postdoc for the "right" job
Workshop #2: "Strategies for Landing an Academic Job/Postdoc"
Keep an eye on the Student Postdoctoral Affairs Committee
The SPDAC has some new developments underway, including the development of an SICB web-page specific to the interests of students & postdocs!
- i) Differences in the requirements for an RO1, comprehensive, and undergraduate liberal arts college (or hybrid of the above) resume.
- ii) Paneled by new and senior faculty SICB members from each of the 3 levels of academic institutions.
- iii) Each group will give a basic level of research/teaching/service expected at their college or university.
- iv) A question and answer session will follow up the panel discussions.
USEFUL WEBSITES FOR SICB's STUDENT AND POSTDOC MEMBERS
If you know of other useful sites for the student/postdoc membership or you would like additional information, contact the Student/Postdoctoral Affairs Committee Chair (email@example.com) or see the Committee's SICB webpage (given above)
SICB 2004 in
New Orleans: Rockin' Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters at the Society-Wide
Evening Social in Honor of Students and Postdocs