Developed jointly by ASHG and The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), the Conference to Career Program aims to help trainees make the most of their time at a national meeting by learning how to navigate, network and effectively communicate with other members. The program comprises a series of webinars taking place in 2017-2018 and an in-person event took place at the ASHG 2017 Annual Meeting. The Conference to Career Program is generously sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.


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The Conference to Career Program is a short course designed to enhance the professional and career development of ASHG graduate student and postdoctoral-level members.

Conference to Career topics include:
• Making the MOST of a scientific conference
• Conducting informational interviews with professionals
• Enhancing networking skills
• Drafting an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
• Building a strong peer/mentor support system

Participants in Conference to Career receive:
• Complimentary business cards
• Free enrollment in course software
• Connection with trainees across ASHG
• Online access to webinars and discussion forum for trainees only
• Career development support and guidance
• Online networking opportunities with scientific professionals
• Opportunity to apply for registration reimbursement for the ASHG 2017 Annual Meeting

Registration is limited to current ASHG members. To become an ASHG member, visit ASHG’s website today.

Registration will open August 2018.


ASHG and JAX host a series of live interactive webinars providing trainees with tips and resources to help them prepare, navigate, and make the most of the ASHG Annual Meeting. Participants are introduced to the Individual Development Plan and the importance of professional branding through social media.

At an in-person event at the ASHG Annual Meeting, trainees have the opportunity to engage with other ASHG members and practice what they have learned in the webinars. Instructors from ASHG and JAX will describe the importance of networking and ways to make the most of opportunities to meet scientific professionals throughout the week. The session features interactive exercises to practice networking skills with peers, instructional leaders, and scientific professionals attending the meeting.

For questions, contact Kanika Pulliam (

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"I really enjoyed this and loved being able to discuss techniques with more seasoned professionals. A great resource!" - 2015 Participant

"I lack a supportive group of colleagues. This was a great start to ASHG and reminds me how much I love human genetics and there's a reason I work hard."- 2014 Participant

"I thought it was an excellent day. I enjoyed the small group discussion as it was a great opportunity to interact with others teaching to the same audience."- 2013 Participant