Pre-Meeting Workshop for Trainees

As part of the APPA Annual Meeting, we hold a half-day seminar for students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral fellows. Workshops typically take place on the Wednesday before the Annual Meeting. This event offers an opportunity for students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from different universities and organizations to meet and get to know each other.

Faculty members briefly present on the training program(s) at their institution, followed by a 15-minute presentation given by one of their trainees about their work, followed by questions and discussion. NIH staff also present on current institute scientific priorities and issues in obtaining funding, especially at early career stages. At the end of the day, attendees are encouraged to interact informally to strengthen their professional network. The connections made at past workshops have helped junior scientists secure faculty positions or fellowships and have inspired new research collaborations.

Round Table Discussion

The round table discussion is a popular event during the APPA Annual Meeting proceedings; trainees and early career investigators have an opportunity to meet and learn from more established APPA members. Established participants share insights from their varied career trajectories. Early career attendees may ask questions, share feedback about their experiences at the meeting, and benefit from meeting peers connected to APPA. Discussion topics include grant funding, establishing collaborations, and fellowship and job searches. This event is facilitated by APPA Council members.

Mentorship Program

APPA facilitates a mentorship program in which early career meeting attendees are matched with more established mentors. The mentor serves as a connection throughout the meeting to promote inclusion and belonging and can also discuss and offer guidance on topics related to research, clinical interests, and other aspects of education and career development. Each year, early career attendees appreciate this chance to connect with more established members of APPA and form potential mentorship or collaborative relationships. The format is flexible and guided by what works best for the mentee and mentor. We encourage informal conversation that will help to build personal connections.