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.
I really enjoyed attending the Society for In Vitro Biology’s World Congress last year. My PI was a speaker at the conference and invited me to accompany him because he felt it would be a great opportunity to present my research. At the conference, I was immediately impressed by the high premium the society places on the development of students. As a Ph. D. candidate, I greatly benefited from the sessions offered to students, especially the Student Networking Luncheon. It appealed to me because it afforded me one-to-one interactions with my peers and professionals in both academia and industry. Their firsthand experiences and advice were invaluable to help make an informed decision regarding the future direction of my career. Having joined the SIVB through its free membership for students at the conference, my professional network has expanded even more.
I am currently the co-chair of student affairs for SIVB 2017 and I have the opportunity to interact with other chairs and staff of SIVB. This has helped me develop the needed leadership skills for the future. It has been a pleasure working with everyone and I look forward to a great conference next year in Raleigh, NC.
Submitted by Elena Arthur