The American Society of Human Genetics invites trainee members (defined as undergraduate students and individuals completing various levels of post-baccalaureate training in human genetics or allied fields) to contribute to the Society's leadership by serving on ASHG committees or the ASHG Board of Directors. Trainees in these positions are expected to be full, engaged committee/Board members and to fully embrace the responsibilities of their position. Please see the descriptions of responsibilities below, and consider reaching out to current trainee leaders to find out more.
Terms for all positions are three years. As with all committee/board members, you may hold only one position at a time.
Please note, top candidates for the Board will be subject to direct vote by the general membership during the regular 2020 Board elections (August 2020).
The Board of Directors, which currently has 14 members and one trainee member, formulates policies of the Society; elects the Secretary and Treasurer; appoints the Executive Vice President and Journal Editor; fills such vacancies among the officers and directors as may occur between elections; has charge of funds and endowments of the Society; authorizes expenditures; delegates signature authority; and conducts such other business as may be desirable.
The Awards Committee is responsible for selecting the recipients of awards of the Society as approved by the Board of Directors, including the Curt Stern Award, William Allan Award, Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education, and Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research. The committee currently has five members.
The Communications Committee is responsible for providing recommendations on, and assisting with the implementation of, communication and public relations efforts related to ASHG programs. Members reflect a diverse cross-section of ASHG members, including research scientists, clinicians, genetic counselors, and science communication professionals. This committee currently has ten regular members and one trainee member.
The Information and Education (I&E) Committee is responsible for recommending and, upon Board approval, carrying out activities concerned with education in human genetics for audiences ranging from high school and undergraduate students through the training of professionals, as well as raising awareness among the general public. The committee currently has ten regular members and one trainee memeber.
The Program Committee (PC) is responsible for organizing the scientific program of the annual meeting, which is the keystone activity of ASHG. The PC consists of approximately two dozen members representing the full breadth of human genetics/genomics research, including social/ethical and education research. Please note that during your tenure, ASHG’s policy does not allow Program Committee members to serve as invited speakers or moderators of invited sessions. You may be a first author on one submitted abstract if there is no one else that could submit or present the scientific work. The committee currently has 25 regular members and two trainee members.
- Meeting in person twice per year, once at the annual meeting (for parts of two days), and once for one-and-a-half days at ASHG headquarters in Bethesda in July to build the annual meeting program. Travel expenses are paid by ASHG for the summer meeting; complimentary registration is provided for the annual meeting.
- Reviewing invited session proposals: one week of online review and comments in early December; one or two conference calls in mid-December; contact proposers and evaluate modified proposals; further review and two more conference calls in January.
- Serving as primary reviewer for a specific topic category (e.g., bioinformatics, cancer genetics) for submitted abstracts and identifying at least two ad hoc reviewers to assist with reviewing abstracts.
- Abstract shuffle: Allow 2-4 hours, in mid-June. Must be done in allotted two days.
- Scoring abstracts: Each PC member typically is responsible for about 150 abstracts, with help from ad hoc reviewers. Allow 4-6 hours. Must be completed by late June.
- Abstract assignment: Group abstracts appropriately to build compelling platform sessions. Allow 6-8 hours. Must be completed by early July.
- Attending the annual meeting, with on-site responsibilities including attending your designated sessions.
The Social Issues Committee is responsible for recommending and, upon Board approval, carrying out activities concerned with the impact of genetic knowledge and practice on society at large. Articles or statements produced by the Committee that reflect a position of the Society must be approved by the Board of Directors. This committee currently has nine regular members and one trainee member.
The Training and Development Committee is responsible for recommending and, upon Board approval, carrying out activities concerned with the career/professional development and other needs of ASHG's trainee members. This committee also serves as a liaison between early-career members and the ASHG Board of Directors. This committee currently has eight members, all of whom are trainees.
Please contact Kanika Pulliam, PhD, Senior Manager, Education & Career Development Programs, at email@example.com with any questions.