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 click on the “donate now” button to make a donation..
When I was a Master’s student in the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL) I submitted an abstract for the 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology in Bellevue, WA. Not only was my abstract accepted, I was asked to give a talk in the In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences Contributed Papers Symposium. The Society for In Vitro Biology awarded me both a travel award and the Honor B Fell Award, and the financial support from these awards allowed me to travel to the meeting to present my master’s research. In addition, the free student registration also made it possible for me to attend the meeting with limited travel funds. I enjoyed participating with the student events at the meeting and I even gained some leadership experience through my involvement with the student committee. My positive experiences with the Society for In Vitro Biology have reinforced my decision to pursue a career in research. I am currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Colorado Denver. I eventually hope to transition from a student membership to full membership in the Society.
Submitted by Jeff Kwak