Alexander MacLeod, Bernalyn McGaughey and Debra Denton, Student Activities Committee of the Sacramento Program Committee

Whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate student or an early career professional, be sure to plan to attend the student activities at the SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting, which will be held from 4–8 November 2018 in Sacramento, California. These events give students and early career professionals an opportunity to exchange ideas, talk with peers from other research groups, and meet potential mentors for scientific and career advice.

On Monday, for the first time there is the Exploring Career Choices event, which compliments the following annual Student–Mentor Dinner. On Tuesday, there is an open invitation for students to attend the Early Career Social. On Wednesday, Anne Ackenhusen, the Director at the Office of Research Misconduct Proceedings from University of Washington, will discuss “Ethics and Research Misconduct: If Only It Was Black and White – Stories from the Field” for the Student Noontime Seminar sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive. Finally, meet your peers and make new friends at Coin–Op Game Room for the Student Mixer on Wednesday evening. Be sure to plan to stay through the poster social on Thursday for the announcements of student awards. If you’d like to become involved in student programs, please contact us.

Check out the student activities program on the meeting website, and make sure to sign up for these events when you register for the meeting.

  • Exploring Career Choices, 2–3 p.m. on Monday, 5 November
  • Student–Mentor Dinner, 7–10 p.m. on Monday, 5 November
  • Early Career Social, 6–8 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 November
  • Student Noontime Seminar, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, 11:15 a.m.–1 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 November
  • Student Mixer at Coin–Op Game Room, 8 p.m.–2 a.m. on Wednesday, 7 November

Donate Items for the Silent Auction

The SETAC Student Activities Committee is also organizing its 20th Silent Auction. All proceeds from this auction go towards funding student activities such as noontime seminars and Student Training Exchange Opportunity awards for research needs.

Contributions in the past have been quite varied, such as pH meters, dissolved oxygen meters, golf equipment, photographs, books, scientific software licenses, maple syrup, reference books, flashlights, framed original photographs, Swiss Army knives and university shirts. Contributions come from a variety of sources, including the exhibitors. For example, we have even had exhibitors donate demo models of their products. This has been very effective for our auction. This is a great opportunity to show your wares or feature your company name while also supporting students. Most people visiting the exhibition and poster area spend a meaningful part of their “browsing time” checking out the auction items.

If you are able to contribute an item to the auction, we’d be delighted! Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions. The Student Activities Committee would like to know the contribution(s) ahead of time to keep track of the donations effectively, but we will gladly accept donations during the meeting as well. Please submit your item here.

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