The SECSCI (Student and Early Career Scientist) Chapter of ATBC was formed in 2013 at the 50th annual meeting of ATBC in San José, Costa Rica. This chapter was primarily created to encourage the involvement of students and early career scientists within the association.
Specifically, the goals of this chapter are to:
- Encourage a stronger involvement of student and early career scientists in the ATBC and facilitate their participation at annual meetings (both before and after graduation).
- Organize and promote activities that meet the interests/needs of students and early career scientists during the annual meetings.
- Enable and support communication interaction, and enhanced networking within the student/early career group and between this group and all members of ATBC.
The ATBC-SECSCI President, Secretary, and three Members-at-Large work together to plan activities at annual meetings and communicate with SECSCI members through our Facebook page.
In October 2014, the first five officers of the Chapter were elected to serve through 2015:
Current SECSCI news:
At the 2015 ATBC Annual Meeting in Honolulu, we held several SECSCI events, including our Annual Meeting (meeting notes and report to be uploaded soon) and our biggest event: the SECSCI BBQ. This was our first time hosting a large social event (50+ people) and the BBQ was a big success! This was the first in a series of social/networking events that we hope to offer at future ATBC meetings. The BBQ sold out before the end of conference registration so make plans to sign up early for our events (TBD) at ATBC 2016 in Montpellier!
We are also working to organize SECSCI officer re-elections and plan activities for 2016. Keep an eye on the SECSCI Facebook page for updates regarding this and how you can get involved. You can also email the SECSCI President, Erin Kuprewicz at erinkuprewicz(at)gmail.com for more information about anything related to the Chapter.