The Flux Trainee Committee is responsible for ensuring that trainees’ interests are represented in the Flux Society by providing training, resources, and avenues for connecting with other professionals in the field. Specifically, this committee is responsible for:
1) Researching the needs of predoctoral and postdoctoral members to determine how the Flux Society can provide support.
2) Generating opportunities for networking and mentorship.
3) Organizing symposia and workshops designed to address trainee members’ career development.
Sofia Cárdenas (co-chair)
Maximilian Scheuplein (co-chair)
Trainee Congress activities and initiatives (September 6-9, 2022)
To carry out the Committee’s commitment to trainees, we are pleased to announce the following Congress activities and initiatives.
The Mentor/Mentee Match pairs mentees with someone in an advanced career stage to provide mentees with valuable insights, guidance, and advice to help students and early career researchers be successful in their academic pursuits and professional development. We aim to match across career levels (students, postdoc, faculty etc.) and individuals can apply to be both mentors and mentees (e.g., a graduate student can be mentored by a faculty member or postdoc and can mentor another graduate student earlier in their career or an undergraduate student). All are welcome to participate as a mentor or mentee. The expectation is to meet at least once for 30 minutes before, during or after the conference and then it’s up to each pair to discuss if they’d like to continue meeting and if so, how often. Please sign up using the link in the Flux registration portal.
Sign-up link: https://forms.gle/utChX6Bwsi1tpFBz7
Career Perspectives Panel
During this year’s career perspectives panel, we will be hosting several speakers who will share their experiences both within and outside of academia. We hope to have speakers that represent three main areas of employment: traditional academia (i.e., tenure-track at an R1), non-traditional academia (i.e., teaching-track at an R2/R3, academic medical hospitals, research institutes), and alt-academia (i.e., data science, clinical researcher, non-profits). Depending on the format of the conference, attendees will either be able to directly engage with our speakers or will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance. We also hope to provide trainees with several external resources to supplement their career exploration even after the Flux Congress.
“Sensitive Periods” Podcast
The Flux Trainee Committee is developing a podcast – Sensitive Periods – to discuss current topics in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience through the lens of our ever-changing career stages. Episodes will be released monthly wherever you get your podcasts.
The inaugural podcast episode will feature a conversation with the current Flux President, Damien Fair. Future episodes will cover big data, mentor-mentee relationships, international collaborations, equity and inclusion, science communication, and much more!
Most importantly, we want to hear from you! What topics do you want to hear about? Are you interested in hosting an episode? Are you a musical artist who wants to write a jingle to be played at the beginning of each episode?
Please follow this link (https://forms.gle/QvbAmUbZKBya7p8SA) for a VERY short survey to help guide the development of this new podcast.
Fellowship/Grant Writing Workshop
In this workshop, trainees will learn how to write a good fellowship/grant application and how to be a competitive candidate for a fellowship. The first 40 minutes of the workshop will be a panel discussion for which we will invite researchers at different career levels and from different countries. The panelists will share their experience with writing and reviewing grant/fellowship applications. The following 20 minutes of the workshop will be a Q&A session.
During this year’s Flux Congress, we’d like to take some time to think about how we can align the work of the Trainee Committee with our values as scientists and members of the Flux community! To do so, we will be asking conference participants to share with us what they value as a trainee and about trainees. This activity will take place both in person and remotely throughout the conference.