The Society for In Vitro Biology has established several initiatives to support the professional development of our student members. These initiatives include: free registration at the annual meeting with an accepted abstract, travel awards, research presentation competitions, direct involvement with committees and program planning, and the inclusion of sessions at our annual meeting that promote student professional development. In the next several issues of the In Vitro Report we will include testimonials from students who have benefited from the student initiatives. Please remember that these student initiatives are possible due to the generous financial support of our membership. If you would like to help support the professional development of our student members, please use the following link to make a donation.
I joined the Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) soon after earning my M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL). My first job after earning my Master’s degree was working as a research technician in the Department of Pharmacology in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. My boss encouraged me to join the SIVB, as part of my professional development. Attending the annual meeting and reading published articles in In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal has helped me to continue to learn new research techniques that I can apply to my own research projects. On several occasions, the SIVB has allowed me to volunteer at the registration desk at the annual meeting, and in exchange my registration fee was waived; this has allowed me to attend the meeting with limited travel funds. More recently, I have been promoted to laboratory manager, and part of my new responsibilities include serving as a teaching assistant in a hands-on cellular and molecular biology laboratory course for our first year Master of Biomedical Sciences students. The information learned from attending the annual meeting and reading In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal has facilitated my ability to successfully contribute to this laboratory course. In my daily research experiments, I utilize many human cell lines, and the information I have learned from the SIVB gives me the confidence to know that healthy cells are being utilized in my experiments. My membership in the SIVB has promoted my professional development and I encourage students and research staff to join the SIVB and attend the annual meeting.
Submitted by Lauren A. C. Alt