The Student and Career Program at ISSS 2017 will:
• Enhance the educational and professional development of future seed scientists.
• Facilitate movement of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers into the seed science workforce.
The Student and Career Program consists of the following opportunities:
- FINANCIAL SUPPORT – Limited financial support is available to subsidize participation in the meeting by students and postdocs. We will provide financial support to a number of selected applicants based on their abstracts and significance to the program topics. Awards will emphasize participation by underrepresented groups in the US and from lesser-developed countries.
Students and postdocs can also receive a discount on the meeting registration fee (visit Registration page for more information).
- PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE PROGRAM – Each of the six plenary sessions include at least one invited oral presentation by a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher. Selected student/postdoc participants will co-chair the plenary and oral sessions. Additionally, the conference program includes opportunities for students and postdocs to introduce their posters in 1-Minute Previews/Talks prior to their assigned poster session.
- ”SUCCESS IN SEED SCIENCE CAREERS” panel discussion – A panel of human relations experts or employees from academia, industry, governmental agencies and non-governmental agencies will provide a brief presentation on how they began in their career and provide advice on the types of skills, knowledge, and background they look for when bringing in new employees. Students will develop an understanding of how to prepare for a career in seed science and what they can expect from different types of careers via a question and answer session with panelists.
- CAREER FAIR WITH INTERNATIONAL SEED SCIENCE COMMUNITY – On Wednesday September 13, meeting participants will have the opportunity to go on tours to sites of interest in the Salinas Valley and assemble in downtown Salinas for lunch. Lunch will be followed by a Trade Show and Career Fair. The latter will include representatives from diverse aspects of the seed industry who can respond to inquiries about educational preparation, disciplines of interest, and career paths in the seed industry. As part of this event, we plan to include a Speed Networking activity that will enable students and postdocs to meet privately with a human relations representative for 4 minutes. Students share their background and career aspirations while professionals provide perspectives and answers to career-related questions. Students rotate through meetings with multiple professionals.