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Statement on the Importance of Participation of Scientists in K-12 Science Education




Trainee Leadership Opportunities


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 below).


ASHG Training and Development Committee (2 positions starting in 2015)

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 will expand to eight members, all of whom are trainees.


Commitments include:

  • Meeting in person twice per year. The spring meeting occurs on the ASHG/FASEB campus in Bethesda, MD, while the fall meeting occurs during the Annual Meeting. Travel expenses are paid by ASHG for the spring meeting; complimentary registration is provided for the Annual Meeting.

  • Participating in email communications and conference calls as necessary to both plan for trainee-related events at the Annual Meeting and to address the broader needs of the ASHG trainee community.

  • Participating in ASHG's Trainee Forum (LinkedIn group) on a regular basis by contributing content/posts, as well as engaging other Forum members in conversation.

  • Evaluating applications for trainee board and committee positions, and recommending top candidates to the board or committee in question.


  • You must be a trainee member of ASHG at the time of application; international trainee members are welcome to apply.

  • All applicants working toward a terminal degree (MS, PhD, MD, etc.) are eligible to apply. If you have received your terminal degree, it must have been awarded after 2011 (i.e., in 2012 or onward).

  • As with all committee/board members, you may hold only one leadership position at a time. Trainees currently serving on ASHG Board of Directors or other committees are not eligible to apply.


Prospective committee members will be evaluated by the current members of the Training and Development Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in January 2015.


If you are interested in serving on the committee, please complete the application no later than Friday, December 5, 2014. The application requires:

  • a CV

  • a statement of your interest in serving on the Training and Development Committee

  • long-form answers to the following questions

    • What do you see as the major concerns and opportunities facing members of the society still in the early phase of their career?

    • What ASHG trainee-oriented resources have you found particularly helpful and are there resources you feel that ASHG is currently missing?

  • information regarding your membership history and attendance at ASHG meetings

  • two recommendations from senior colleagues, one of which MUST be from an ASHG member; references will be asked to comment on the following:

    • Please describe the applicant's leadership skills and potential, including his/her previous experience with professional and/or volunteer service.

    • How will the applicant's interests and experience further the mission of the committee he/she is applying to?

Please note that recommendation forms will be sent directly to your identified references when you submit your applicationAll recommendation forms must be completed by Friday, December 19, 2014.



The application is now closed.

The new Training and Development Committee members will be announced in January 2015.


Please contact Katherine Lontok, PhD, Educational Programs Manager, at with any questions.


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