The SLAS Member Center is THE place for members and nonmembers to learn everything there is to know about the many year-round benefits and services available through SLAS.
Conveniently located in the SLAS2015 Exhibit Hall, the Member Center is central hub for SLAS information and activity, including:
In addition, in the Member Center you can receive a guided tour of SLAS.org, a review of your SLAS member benefits, and some great giveaways. Members of the SLAS professional team are always available to answer questions and help point out all that SLAS has to offer to benefit you not only at SLAS2015, but year-round.
The SLAS Member Center is the headquarters for career services at SLAS2015. Job seekers and employers are invited to:
SLAS Career Connections is one of the select few highly discreet, automated employment programs that bring together its online professional services with its respected career center and development sessions at SLAS2015.
Professor Daniel J. Eustace, Ph.D., University of Connecticut returns with his always popular session and one-on-one counseling:
"Mock Interviews: Preparation and Practice for Getting the Jobs You Want"
Tuesday, February 10, 7 - 8:15 am (breakfast will be served)
This interactive workshop invites audience members to play active roles participating in, providing feedback for and perhaps coaching how to manage different kinds of interview scenarios.
Volunteers are also needed to participate in this interactive mock interview session. Sign up here to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to practice your interview skills! All attendees should bring their current resumes to the workshop and be prepared to actively participate. Attendees will learn by doing, by watching others interview, by discussing alternate approaches and by internalizing how we would perform if we were in the situation.
Free! One-on-One Career Counseling Sessions with Professor Eustace
In addition, Professor Eustace provides one-on-one and group career counseling sessions by appointment at the SLAS Member Center Monday and Tuesday, February 9-10. Contact Mary Geismann (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule your appointment.
Joanne Kamens, PhD., Executive Director, Addgene also returns, offering a three-part series, covering networking, choosing a lab and transitioning from academia to industry. Attend one, or attend all three.
"Not Networking 101—Building Relationships for Success"
Monday, February 9, 7 – 8:00 am (breakfast will be served)
Networking has gotten a really bad name these days. I take your card, you take my card and then we don't call each other. This workshop is designed to reintroduce you to how strong professional relationships can be necessary for most people to succeed in their careers. It will provide practical tools for meeting people and for nurturing new and established connections.
"Smooth transitions—Top 10 List: Things Scientists Ask About Finding an Industry Job"
Monday, February 9, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (bring a box lunch)
These days, staying in academia is really the "alternative" career for scientists. The majority of young scientists will not end up in a traditional academic research position. This presentation will give you some criteria to consider in deciding if embarking on an industry science career is right for you and then will provide concrete tools and resources for preparing for this transition.
"How to Choose Your Next Lab"
Tuesday, February 10, 12:30 – 1:30 pm (bring a box lunch)
For some reasons grad students and post-docs don't seem to see a lab choice as a major career decision. Nothing could be farther from the truth! You will spend 4-7 years working for one person in a small group—don't you think this is worth a little pre-work to make sure it will be a good fit and get you close to where you want to go in the future? This presentation will give you practical tips for what to look for and how to find it when choosing a new lab for your research. A must hear for all young scientists.
SLAS Director of Education Steve Hamilton, Ph.D. (AKA The Lab Man) records podcasts live from the SLAS Member Center. Watch in person while he talks with winners of the student poster competition and the SLAS New Product Award designation, among others. Listen to past Lab Man podcasts here.
The Lab Man Podcast Schedule (subject to change):
Monday, February 9
5pm – Interview Student Poster Winners
Tuesday, February 10
10:30 am – Interview with new SLAS Board members
11:00 am – Interview with JBS and JALA Editors in Chief Bob Campbell and Ed Chow
4 pm – Interview with the New Product Award winners
More than 60 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students participate in the SLAS2015 Student Poster Competition. A panel of judges selects the top three during the Monday poster presentation session, with winners announced at the Member Center at 4:00 pm Monday. These winners will be featured in a Lab Man podcast live in the Member Center following the announcement.
To submit a poster for consideration, click here.
Entries to the SLAS2015 Passport to Prizes program are collected in the SLAS Member Center during exhibit hours. Prize winners are drawn from all entries received by 3 pm on Tuesday, February 10. The prize drawing takes place beginning 5:00 pm Tuesday and winners must be present to claim their prizes.
F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a global experience that helps young scientists see the value of education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. SLAS is once again proud to welcome FIRST as a partner at SLAS2015.
The following teams will be on hand to showcase their award winning robotic and LEGO™ creations. Be sure to stop by and meet the team members from:
Jr. FLL Team 152 Robo Learners, Virginia
FLL Team 2909 Ro-Bricks, Virginia
FTC Team 5421 RM'd and Dangerous Maryland
FRC Team 4464 Team Illusion Maryland
FRC Team 1915 Firebird, McKinley Tech Robotics Team District of Columbia
The SLAS2015 Short Course program covers several cutting-edge topics and introductory basics about laboratory science and technology. Learn from the experts.
Bolster your resume.
Job Seekers may submit resumes online through the SLAS website and on-site in Washington DC, browse the interactive job boards, meet one-on-one with a career coach and recruiting professionals. Job Seekers may submit resumes online through the SLAS website here.
With over 5,000 participants expected to attend SLAS2015, the SLAS Career Center substantially narrows the applicant pool to very qualified prospects. Your company can conduct highly confidential professional in-person interviews, and have a major presence in a quaint setting that nurtures networking and relationship building. SLAS2015 posting packages are available. Post now for the best rates!
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