Lauren Tindale, 2018 Training & Development Committee Chair, describes trainee programs at the Annual Meeting.

Trainee Events

The ASHG 2018 Annual Meeting features several events and opportunities of special interest to trainees and those seeking to advance their career.

Mentoring and Networking

Conference to Career, run jointly by ASHG and The Jackson Laboratory, 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 in-person component of the program takes place before the meeting begins on Tuesday, October 16 at 10:00 am.

Once on site, trainees can network with peers and find a buddy to navigate the meeting with at ASHG Peer Networking Trivia the afternoon of Tuesday, October 16. In addition, the Trainee-Mentor Luncheons, scheduled on Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18, 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 19, an event for trainees to mingle with professionals representing a wide range of career fields. Lastly, social events such as the Opening Reception, #ASHG18 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. 

Career/Professional Development

Please see the Careers page for details on general career resources and employment opportunities at ASHG 2018, including the career center.

In addition, trainees have access to daily Professional Development Programs taking place Wednesday, October 17 through Friday, October 19. 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 the Publications Workshop, which includes an overview of the process of publishing a manuscript, followed by 10-15 minutes of general questions from the audience. Then, more than a dozen journal editors will join registrants at their lunch tables to answer questions in a more informal setting.

Finally, trainees who teach undergraduates are encouraged to attend the Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop on Tuesday, October 16, which focuses on pedagogy and teaching undergraduates about genetics.

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 awardees with travel funding and an assigned mentor. Award recipients are selected among those who submit a high-scoring abstract to the meeting by the June 7 deadline.

On site in San Diego, 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.