Poster Tours for Trainees provide an outstanding mentoring and networking opportunity for both guides and trainees. Guides can select the times (Monday through Wednesday) and topics they wish to cover with a group of trainees. It’s a great way for students to develop an appreciation of the finer points of poster presentation, effective communication, and the art of poster design. Toxicologists at every stage of their career are encouraged to sign up to serve as a tour guide.
Students get a personalized introduction to the field and have a two-hour block of time to pick their tour guides’ brains. It’s a win-win! Although it has historically been aimed at graduate students and postdocs, this particular session was designed to work for undergraduates.
At the SOT 58th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo this year, I was lucky enough to have a partner, Olushola M. Awoyemi, on the brink of graduating from his doctoral program. We escorted a single undergraduate getting ready to move from her community college to a four-year university. This über-personalized tour led us through the fields she found most intriguing. She listened to students and accomplished researchers alike. She also examined unmanned posters. We discussed the merits of the different approaches as we wound our way through Metals and Air Pollution. Can’t wait to sign up next year!
This blog was prepared by an SOT Reporter. SOT Reporters are SOT members who volunteer to write about sessions and events they attend during the SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. If you are interested in participating in the SOT Reporter program in the future, please email Giuliana Macaluso.