Important Dates

October 4
Abstract Submission and Registration Open
November 7
Workshop Application Deadline
November 15
Abstract Submission Deadline
December 21
Larry Sandler Award Application Deadline
December 31
Poster Abstract Deadline
January 10
Early Registration Deadline
March 5
Hotel Reservation Deadline
March 20
Advance Registration Deadline

Meeting Organizers

Michael Buszczak, Chair
Rachel Cox
Helmut Kramer
Harmit Malik

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Special Events

New Faculty Forum

Wednesday, March 27, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Your first faculty appointment brings many new challenges. Network, learn, and find support at the New Faculty Forum, a one-day workshop designed for new faculty (those within the first five years of their appointment) and advanced postdocs. New this year, participants will have the option to register for different tracks: the basics of teaching and active learning or grant writing. Attendees will discuss common challenges, hear strategies for managing a laboratory, and have opportunities to learn about:

  • tools and techniques for managing budgets effectively;
  • tips for negotiating and establishing relationships with vendors;
  • how to be a supportive mentor;
  • and more!

This focused event will allow you to form a strong network of peers with whom you can continue to collaborate, commiserate, and celebrate long after the meeting ends. A closing networking social will also allow you to connect with more established researchers. Lunch will be provided.

Fee: $100. Limited Attendance.

Grants and Funding

Wednesday, March 27, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Learn how funding decisions are made.  This program aims to provide attendees important information related to grantsmanship and funding. During the program, attendees will hear talks and discussions from experienced investigators and program officers. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • The peer review process
  • Reaching out to program officers
  • Common errors
  • Important considerations
  • Funding for experimental organisms
  • Framing significance and novelty

Fee: $45. Limited Attendance.

GENETICS Peer Review Training Workshop

Wednesday, March 27, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

This workshop will provide an introduction to peer reviewing for early career researchers, including graduate students. The workshop will cover best practices and a mock review. Becoming a better reviewer will help you to become a better author and to hone some of the skills central to scientific success, including critical thinking, evaluating research, providing helpful feedback, and understanding the mindset and expectations of peer reviewers and editors.

Advance registration required.

Fee: $80. Limited attendance.

Community, Connections, & Lunch

Thursday, March 28, 12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Do you want to reconnect with the fly community? To meet new colleagues and learn from stimulating discussions on topics you care about? Join us for lunch with moderated discussion tables on scientific, professional development, and other topics. All career stages are welcome—we want you to join the conversation!

Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration required.

Fee: $45. Limited attendance.

Publishing Q&A

Friday, March 29, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Journals GENETICS and G3

Lost in publication? Not ready to publish yet, but curious about the peer-review process? Students and postdocs are invited to join journal editors, including editors and editorial staff from the GSA journals GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, over a light lunch to discuss the ins-and-outs of getting your articles published. All questions welcome!

Advance registration required.

Fee: $15. Limited attendance.

Student and postdoc member benefit: Invite poster viewers

Amplify your work and seek expert feedback by inviting specific scientists to attend your poster presentation.

  • Undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral GSA members may invite up to three scientists to attend their poster.
  • You may invite faculty, industry researchers, or fellow early career researchers, but we suggest inviting individuals who typically attend this meeting or who are located in the same city as the meeting.
  • Please note that GSA cannot guarantee meeting attendance of any particular person.
  • GSA will reach out to these scientists and invite them to attend the meeting and your poster.
  • Your abstract and contact details will be included in the invitation.

Fee: Complimentary GSA Member Benefit

Maximize the impact of your curriculum vitae and resume workshop

Thursday, March 28

Whether applying for a fellowship, funding, or position how you frame your accomplishments in your curriculum vitae and resume is important.

  • Learn tips and tricks to communicate who you are as a scientific professional.
  • Workshop your curriculum vitae or resume during the event.

To get the most out of the event, all attendees should bring a recent copy of their curriculum vitae or resume to the workshop.