Trainee Events

The ASHG 2017 Annual Meeting features several events and opportunities of special interest to trainees and those seeking to advance their career.


Mentoring and Networking

Mentoring was a key theme at ASHG 2016, and events and opportunities at the 2017 meeting expand on that. New this year: Beyond the Elevator Pitch: Understanding the Power of Networking, a two-hour, in-person workshop developed through the recently launched Conference to Career program, which takes place before the meeting begins on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00 am.

Once on site, trainees can network with peers and find a buddy to navigate the meeting with at the ASHG Peer Networking Trivia the afternoon of Tuesday, October 17. In addition, the Trainee-Mentor Luncheons, scheduled on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19, provide an opportunity to network and get advice from potential mentors at different career stages.  

Those who would like to explore career options should register for the Career Paths in Genetics reception on Friday, October 20, an event for trainees to mingle with professionals representing a wide range of career fields. Lastly, social events such as the Opening Reception, #ASHG17 Tweetup, and Ancillary/Exhibitor Events provide opportunities to meet other genetics specialists with similar interests.


Scientific Skill-Building

Every year, ASHG offers a slate of interactive workshops designed to help attendees master new software, work through analyses, and share their expertise. Each ticketed workshop requires advance registration through the meeting registration process, and costs $15 for ASHG members and $25 for non-members. 

Meet authors recently featured in ASHG’s Trainee Paper Spotlight at the Trainee Paper Spotlight CoLaboratory (CoLab) on Wednesday, October 18, and learn how to submit papers for future inclusion. This quarterly feature highlights outstanding papers written by trainee members of the Society.


Career/Professional Development

Please see the Careers page for details on general career resources and employment opportunities at ASHG 2017, including the GeneticsCareers.org career center.

In addition, trainees have access to the daily Professional Development Programs with career panels and Q&A taking place Wednesday, October 18, through Friday, October 20. Each day’s presentation will have a different theme. These events do not require a ticket, but space is limited and admission is first-come, first-serve. Lunch is not provided.

Getting a manuscript accepted – an important career milestone for trainees – and learning more about The American Journal of Human Genetics are the focus of two AJHG CoLaboratory (CoLab) events held back to back in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, October 18. Attend these sessions for general guidance, tips and tricks, and answers to questions.

The Mock NIH Study Section Workshop on Friday, October 20, provides an opportunity to better understand grant applications by working through the proposal review process with staff from the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Real F31 and F32 applications will be used, with examples of mistakes applicants commonly make.

Finally, trainees who teach undergraduates are encouraged to attend the Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop on Tuesday, October 17, which focuses on pedagogy and teaching undergraduates about genetics. This year’s theme is Evolution and Human Ancestry.


Focus on Diversity

To help build a culturally diverse genetics workforce, this year’s meeting includes two initiatives targeted toward trainees from underrepresented minority groups. The Mentored Travel Awards, sponsored by ASHG and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), provide travel funding and an assigned mentor to up to 10 trainees who submit a high-scoring abstract to the meeting by the June 7 deadline.

On site in Orlando, the ASHG Diversity Breakfast on Wednesday, October 18, aims to mentor trainees from underrepresented minority groups and share information on training and career opportunities in genetics and genomics. To attend this event, a separate ticket must be purchased during the registration process, at $15 for ASHG members and $25 for non-members.