In conjunction with the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting, the Postdoctoral Assembly (PDA) conducts a unique on-site activity for students and postdocs called Poster Tours for Trainees. This event is returning for its sixth time to the 2017 Annual Meeting! The PDA is currently requesting Full and Associate SOT Members to sign up as guides to lead poster tours this year. In previous years, Poster Tours for Trainees has received an overwhelmingly positive response as it continues to provide graduate students and postdocs with an opportunity to shadow an expert toxicologist, while taking part in the critical evaluation of cutting-edge toxicological 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 students.
To coordinate the selection of times and topics, guides can go to the Annual Meeting Website for an overview of the schedule of poster sessions. Guides then select the times (Monday through Wednesday) and topics 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 an area of interest.
The PDA is asking guides to:
- Visit a minimum of 3 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 that participants may value in the chosen poster.
- Introduce the participants to expert colleagues as you network with them along the way.
- Offer career and networking advice to participants.
Now is your time to sign up to participate in this great event! Guides may sign up from now to January 27, 2017. Trainees will have the opportunity to sign up in early February for Poster Tours that meet their needs and interests.
Email Eugene Gibbs-Flournoy, SOT PDA Councilor, to express your interest or for further questions.