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ABRCMS Online - Professional Development Series for Trainees


Trainee Series Presented by ABRCMS Online. Funded by National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Managed by American Society for Microbiology. Registration is free.

This live, interactive series covers a range of topics about professional skillsets and scientific development, writing abstracts, and preparing for graduate school.

Audience: Community college students, undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate students, and graduate students.

This webinar series in only a fraction of the content presented by ABRCMS Online. Please click here to view all content in ABRCMS Online for Faculty.

February 4, 2020 | 3–4 p.m. ET
"Hey, that’s not OK: Bullies, Boundaries, and Allies"
This webinar introduces trainees to skills to address the sense of vulnerability and stress experienced by targets of harassment. Topics include responding effectively to reduce stress, boost confidence, and put harassers on notice.

February 11, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Graduate School Interviews"
This webinar introduces trainees to experiences, pointers, and best practices for graduate school interviews. Topics include most common questions, describing experience, approaching meetings, and best practices for follow-up.

March 31, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Making Decisions on Your Next Steps"
You’ve likely reached the point where you have to make some decisions about this Summer, next Fall, or next year! Topics include making the tough decisions about your future, whether you’re early in your career, considering graduate or professional school, or a later career student looking to advance.

May 19, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Getting Meaningful Research Experience in the Time of COVID-19"
Simply having a research experience is only the first step. The skills, knowledge, and relationships that you gain from that experience is what matters in the end. With many programs not offering research experiences this summer, how can you still get the benefits of a research experience? This series will give you resources, activities, and strategies to consider for remote summer research opportunities.

June 16, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Graduate School Application Preparation by Leveraging Your Summer Work"
For trainees applying to graduate schools in fall 2020, this session will identify tasks for the summer, describe choosing a program, review application strategies, and discuss how to gain an advantage.

June 18 and 19, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Writing a Compelling Abstract"
Review ways to formulate your abstract to be as compelling as possible. Topics include the essential elements of an abstract, good examples of abstracts, presentation of data in abstracts, and crafting a coherent narrative.

June 23, 2020 | 3–4 p.m., 6–7 p.m. ET
"Network Your Way to Success in STEM"
Introduces trainees to the basics of networking and the importance of having and utilizing your network. Will focus on skills that trainees can gain through experiences at academic meetings and conferences.

July 31 and August 5, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Communicate Your Science: Preparing the ABRCMS Abstract"
For trainees submitting abstracts to ABRCMS, this session will review criteria that reviewers use to rate abstracts for ABRCMS, describe the elements of successful abstract submissions, and discuss examples from previous ABRCMS awardees.

September 18, 2020 | 6-7 p.m. ET
"Data Preparation and Presentation"
As a scientist, preparing and conveying scientific data is a critical skill. As you prepare for conference presentations, manuscript or grant submissions, or any other formal presentation of your work, you may have some questions.

October 2, 2020 | 3–4 p.m. ET
"Presenting Your Data at a Scientific Conference"
For trainees preparing for presentations at conferences, this session will review techniques for making a coherent story, analyze examples of effective scientific presentations, and discuss the elements of presentations appropriate for poster and oral presentations.

December 10, 2020 | 6–7 p.m. ET
"Personal Statement Preparation"
For trainees preparing graduate school applications, this session will conduct peer review of personal statements, discover the most common errors and mistakes on personal statements, and review best practices with writing experts.

The following events will be available on our virtual platform for ABRCMS 2020: The Virtual Experience. Please register for the meeting to sign up for these events.


October 20, 2020 | 6-7 p.m. ET; October 22, 2020 | 3-4 p.m. ET; October 23, 2020 | 12-1 p.m. ET

*Recording will be available after October 23rd
"Scientific Conference Preparation: Gearing Up for ABRCMS"

For trainees preparing to attend ABRCMS, this session reviews the ABRCMS Code of Conduct, schedule planning resources, and principles of the scientific program, networking, and exhibitor interactions. This session will also provide some advice for talking about your science at a virtual meeting.
**Note that this session will focus on navigating the virtual meeting and provide practical advice for communicating their research as students are formulating their presentations and posters.

*Available in the app starting October 20, 2020
Presented by Melissa Marshall, Founder, Present Your Science

Session 1: Present Your Science: Transforming Technical Talks (75 minutes)
This session will provide trainees with information on how to filter and focus scientific detail, telling an engaging scientific story, adapting technical ideas to diverse audiences, rethinking the design of presentation slides (The Assertion-Evidence Slide design), and professional and engaging delivery in the virtual environment.

Session 2: Powerful Posters (60 minutes)
This session will provide trainees with strategies for poster layout, information on selecting appropriate visuals, design considerations (font, color, etc.), discuss how to structure an engaging and concise "pitch" of the research, handling Q&A in the asynchronous environment, and providing useful feedback to peers.


You may sign up for an individual webinar by clicking on the webinar that you would like to attend below. Please also complete the pre-event survey. You must complete the pre-event survey to access the live webinar or recording.

Questions? Contact for ABRCMS Online:
Christopher Skipwith, Ph.D.
Education Specialist

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