Every year we include this sentence on the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium webpage: “Poster authors will be notified of their decisions the last week in October.” With 353 poster abstracts to review and tough decisions to make, this year’s selection committee took a bit longer than scheduled to complete their work. We expect to email all (and sadly, 25% will receive rejections) abstract authors by the end of the week. We hope to open the symposium registration system Monday (Nov. 6th). Stay tuned; we appreciate your patience!
Yesterday we began recruiting industry professionals and CSU alumni to take part in the Career Networking Session at the symposium (Friday afternoon, January 4th). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in participating!
The Career Networking Session is not a job fair; students are not hunting (yet) for jobs and won’t have resumes in hand. Instead, the aim of the session is to let CSU undergraduates and masters’ level students explore career options at a relatively early stage in their careers. We also hope to raise awareness of the variety of organizations that employ life scientists and engineers. Based on survey responses last year, 100% of mentors responding thought it was important to “give back by discussing career paths and sharing personal experiences with students.” Some mentors and organizations, like Abbott Vascular, Lab Support and Gilead, have participated 3 years straight. [Pictured above (left to right): Morgan Lindley (Lab Support), Margaretta Sweezy (Lab Support) and Clifford Samuel (Gilead Sciences).]
We’re also reaching out to alumni in hopes they’ll come back for a reunion-of-sorts at the 25th annual event. I was delighted that David Webb (BIOCOM Chair and CSU Fullerton alum, among many other accomplishments and positions!) agreed to kickoff the Career Networking Session. We’re hoping a good number of them (and you readers out there!) might consider a $25 gift to CSUPERB to celebrate our 25 years of biotechnology graduates and discoveries! Donations will help support student participation at the symposium.
We’re in full-time symposium preparation mode here in the program office; we’ll try to keep you updated as the program firms up!**
*We’re also hoping life science employers might sponsor Career Networking Session tables ($500/table – enough to cover the full cost of a student’s symposium attendance); if you or your company is interested in a table sponsorship, contact me.
**The evolving symposium program will be updated frequently at http://www.calstate.edu/