Leah Thornton Hampton, North American Student Advisory Council (NASAC) Chair, and Derek Green, NASAC Vice Chair

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a first-time attendee, if you are a student attending the SETAC North America 40th Annual Meeting from 3–7 November in Toronto, there are a multitude of activities planned for you! Be sure to make your calendars so that you don’t miss out on any of this year’s events.

Monday, 4 November

  • Student-Mentor Dinner| 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. | Cost: US$10, pre-registration required
    Join us for a chance to dine with experienced scientists and SETAC members. By attending this dinner, you will have the chance to glean valuable career advice and possibly learn more about how to get involved in SETAC. This is great time to grow your network and meet someone new, mentors and students alike.

Tuesday, 5 November

  • NASAC Face-to-Face Meeting | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
    The NASAC face-to-face meeting is the perfect opportunity to learn how to get involved as a student in SETAC. At this meeting, you will learn about what NASAC is, how it works and how you can become a member. This is a great chance to meet student leaders in SETAC.
  • Exploring Career Choices | 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Cost: US$5, pre-registration required
    If you want to learn more about career options as an environmental scientist, this is the perfect event for you. For one hour, you will have the chance to meet in small groups with career representatives from industry, academia and government. As you rotate around the room, you will get to interact with at least 6–8 different professional scientists as you learn more about the right job for you and how you can make it a reality.

Wednesday | 6 November

  • Student Noontime Seminar | 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Cost: Free for students, but pre-registration is required
    This year’s Student Noontime Seminar will feature Samantha Yammine, also known as Science Sam! Yammine is a neuroscientist who is passionate about making science accessible to everyone. Her talk will cover the importance of science communication, followed by a practical session on storytelling. If you want to learn more about Yammine before you arrive in Toronto, be sure to follow her on Instagram (@science.sam) and Twitter (@heysciencesam)!
  • Student Mixer | 8:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. | Cost: US$30 ($35 at the door)
    This year’s Student Mixer will be held at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The price of admission includes two drink tickets and light hors d’oeuvres. The event will take place in the lower concourse of the museum, which includes a multitude of interactive exhibits and games. There will also be music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to meet fellow students.

Other Events

  • Student Guide
    Before heading to Toronto, be sure to check out this year’s Student Guide. Even if you’ve been to SETAC many times before, this guide will have tons of information specific to this year’s meeting and the city of Toronto.
  • Student Corner
    While you are venturing through the exhibit hall, be sure to stop by the Student Corner this year. At the Student Corner, you can learn about all things student-related. We will have information about a variety of opportunities to get involved, including the upcoming 9th SETAC Young Environmental Scientists (YES) Meeting, which will be held from 9–11 March 2020 in Waco, Texas. During the poster social each evening, look for student leaders, who should be easy to spot as they will be wearing rainbow leis.

For updates and more information about other student activities, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@studentsofSETAC) and Facebook (Students of SETAC).

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Authors’ contact information: LeahThornton@my.unt.edu and d.green@usask.ca

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