Donate Today!   Join GSA      

Society Home | About GSA | Contact GSA      




2014 Important Dates


Workshop Deadline October 15
Abstract Submission Opens February 18
Conference Registration Opens February 25
Abstract Submission Deadline March 26
Chi-Bin Chien Award Nomination Deadline March 26
Abstract Revision Deadline March 27
Exhibit/ Sponsorship/ Advertising Deadline April 9
Travel Award Application Deadline May 1
Early Meeting Registration May 15
Platform and Poster Assignments online May 19
Housing Reservation May 24

Education and Professional Development


Tuesday, June 24, 2014



11:00 am-5:00 pm: GSA Trainee Boot Camp

Senate Room, Madison Concourse Hotel

Fee: $40

Based on feedback from trainees both in focus groups and individual conversations, GSA will implement a pre-conference “bootcamp” with a series of professional development workshops. A preliminary agenda is available here. Open to graduate students and postdocs only. Space is limited to 40 participants. Register online with the meeting registration.


5:00-6:15 pm: GSA Education Special Interest Group Mixer/Pedagogy Workshop

Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center

Faculty with a passion for genetics education are encouraged to attend this event, where they can mix and mingle with other educators.  Current members of the Education SIG can catch up on actions taken by GSA with regards to the education initiative, and those who are not yet SIG members can learn about the Education SIG.  Information about GSA PREP, the Primers in GENETICS, GSA's editorial partnership with ASCB on CBE-Life Sciences Education, and other education-related opportunities will also be discussed.  From 5:30-6:15, we will have a workshop with three 15-minute presentations focused on pedagogy and best practices in education.  If you have cutting-edge education research that you would like to present, please contact Beth Ruedi.


5:30 pm University of Minnesota Duluth K-12 Science Outreach, a new service learning undergraduate course Jennifer Liang

(Univ Minnesota Duluth)

5:50 pm

Outlets for publishing educational materials with the Genetics Society of America

Beth Ruedi


6:00 pm

Engaging biology undergraduate students in authentic research studying environmental teratogenic agents using zebrafish

James Marrs

(Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ Indianapolis)


Co-authors: Swapnalee Sarmah and Kathy Marrs (IUPUI)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014


4:00 pm- 6:00 pm: Plenary Session and Workshop for Undergraduate Researchers

Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center

Undergraduate conference attendees will attend an “Undergraduate Plenary Session” from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, with two talks presented at a level appropriate for an undergraduate audience.  From 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, undergraduates will have a chance to talk to a panel of graduate students about applications, interviewing, admission, choosing a lab, and quality of life in graduate school.


4:00 pm How a physician-scientist winds up studying a fish Richard White
(Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr)
4:25 pm

Using zebrafish to study kidney development and regeneration

Rebecca A. Wingert
(Univ of Notre Dame)
4:50 pm Break
5:00 pm Graduate school panel discussion Panelists:
Emily Bain (Univ of Washington)

Thomas Clements (Rice Univ)

Zhiping Feng (UCLA)

Gary Gerlach (Univ of Notre Dame)


6:30-8:00 pm: Undergraduate Dinner

Capitol View, Memorial Union

Undergraduate researchers attending the conference will network on their own, forming a peer-group that will help provide lasting support for the remainder of the conference. Participants should get their dinner in Tripp Commons and then gather in the Capitol View Room to meet and mingle.


Thursday, June 26, 2014


12:00-1:30 pm: GSA Career Luncheon SOLD OUT

The GSA Career Luncheon is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to have informal conversations with senior career scientists regarding the unique challenges and rewards of a scientific career. The luncheon is organized by topic table. Topics may include things like: transition to independence, work-family balance, teaching at undergraduate institutions, careers outside traditional academia, the job search, the postdoc search, choosing the right graduate advisor, etc. Space is limited to 80 participants. Register online with your meeting registration. SOLD OUT


4:00-6:00 pm: Practical Approaches to Using Zebrafish in Education

Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center

Organizers: Jennifer Bonner (Skidmore College) and Suzanne Gribble (University of Pennsylvania)

Using zebrafish for educational purposes?  Our time will be spent engaging in large and small group discussions on the topics of teaching students to read scientific literature, outreach program development, and how to lead undergraduate research students through the process of designing, implementing, analyzing and presenting research projects while accomplishing your teaching and research objectives.


4:00 pm Using the C.R.E.A.T.E. approach in teaching primary literature to undergraduate students Nathalia Glickman Holtzman
(Queens College, CUNY)
4:15 pm Large group discussion  
4:30 pm

A zebrafish outreach effort that impacts urban science education: Project BioEYES inspires the next generation of scientists

Steven Farber
(Carnegie Inst for Science)
4:45 pm Large group discussion  
5:00 pm Guiding undergraduate research students through the process of designing, implementing, analyzing and presenting research projects while accomplishing your teaching and research objectives Jason Meyers

(Colgate Univ)

5:15 pm Large group discussion  
5:30 pm Distribution of teaching-related materials: Is the Zebrafish in the Classroom website the best venue? Jennifer Liang

(Univ of Minnesota, Duluth)

5:45 pm Large group discussion