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Membership Matters –Sarah Veen

SARAH VEEN-SIVB MEMBERSHIP MATTERS PICTUREDuring my time as a graduate student in the Masters of Biomedical Sciences program at Midwestern University (Downers Grove, IL), I was presented with the opportunity to attend the SIVB 2014 meeting in Savannah, GA. My would-be attendance at the meeting played an immense role and inspiration in the completion of my thesis project. Knowing that I would soon be presenting my research at a national conference gave me the momentum I needed. Soon after receiving my M.S. in Biomedical Sciences, I was offered a position as a research assistant in the Biomedical Sciences Department at Midwestern University (Downers Grove). My attendance at the SIVB 2014 meeting as a student member allowed me to network, expand my scientific knowledge, and explore the many research career opportunities I had awaiting. This is turn supported my professional growth and strengthened my confidence during my job pursuit. As a research assistant, I became a full-time member of the society and began receiving the In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal journal. Reading and subsequently learning from this journal has helped to facilitate my contribution to successful research within our lab. In 2016, I attended the SIVB meeting in San Diego, CA. In addition to presenting my data, I also volunteered at the registration desk, as an AV monitor, and for the silent auction. This not only allowed me to interact and connect with the many members of SIVB, but also gave me purpose and the opportunity to support the society. This year I will be getting married on June 10th and unfortunately will not be able to attend the SIVB 2017 meeting in Raleigh, NC. I hope to attend many more meetings in the future and encourage others to attend as well, as SIVB has not only expedited my professional growth, but my personal growth as well.

Submitted by Sara Veen