The SOT Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) is pleased to announce that guide sign up is open until February 17 for the annual Poster Tours for Trainees program that takes place during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. The PDA is currently requesting experienced SOT members to sign up as guides to lead a poster tour this year.
In previous years, the Poster Tours program has received an overwhelmingly positive response as they provide graduate students and postdocs with an opportunity to shadow an expert toxicologist and take part in critical evaluation of cutting-edge toxicology methods and research findings in a field of their choosing. This event also provides an outstanding mentoring and networking opportunity for guides, postdoctoral scientists, and graduate students.
As a part of the sign up, guides will select the times (Monday through Wednesday) and topics that they wish to cover with a group of trainees. Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists will then sign up for a one-hour guided poster tour with an expert toxicologist in their area of interest. To coordinate the selection of times and topics, guides should go to the Annual Meeting website for the Poster Sessions schedule. In the SOT Online Planner, select the “Poster” filter under “Session & Activity Type” in the “Program” section.
The PDA is asking guides to:
- Visit a minimum of three posters with your tour group.
- Share why you wanted to visit each poster.
- Discuss the next steps in that body of research with the tour group and the presenter.
- Ask the presenter questions that help illustrate outstanding features of the work.
- Discuss the components which participants may value in the chosen poster.
- Introduce the participants to expert colleagues as you network with them along the way.
- Feel free to offer career and networking advice to participants.
Now is your time to participate in this event—sharing expertise, networking, and providing advice on research and careers. Please volunteer one hour of your time to show trainees the posters that you would like to visit during the Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Nashville.