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For Students and Early Career Professionals

SLAS is pleased to offer activities at SLAS2018 specifically designed by and geared towards attending students and early career professionals. These programs provide a focused, valuable experience for those considering and embarking on a career in the field of life sciences discovery and technology.

Attendee programming and benefits include:

Discounted Conference and Short Course Registration for Students

SLAS is pleased to offer discounted SLAS2018 registration fees to students. Student registration is available online. Following receipt of their registration and payment, students will be contacted for a copy of their valid student ID to verify eligibility for registration discounts. Student registrations will not be confirmed until a valid copy of student ID is received by SLAS.

Student conference registration does not include short course registration, though a discounted rate for short courses is also available to students. For complete details or to register, click here.

Career-Focused Programming

Students and Early Career Professionals can take part in SLAS Career Connections at SLAS2018. Career Connections is one of the select few, highly discreet, automated employment programs that brings together its online professional services with its respected career center and development sessions at SLAS2018. Expert-led career workshops offered at SLAS2018 in San Diego, CA, include:

Marquita Qualls

Marquita M. Qualls, Ph.D., Entropia Consulting

What is A Personal Brand and Why Do I Need One?
Monday, Feb 5, 1:00 - 2:00pm Room 6D

An introduction to personal branding and why it is important for STEM practitioners. This session will give an overview of key components of developing a personal brand. It will also challenge the traditional approach of how we market ourselves through resumes. We will discuss identifying ways that highlight who we really are in terms of our learning styles and communication preferences.

Learn Here, Use There: Transferable Skills
Tuesday, Feb 6, 8:00 - 9:00am Room 6D

Identifying which and how the skills learned in the lab or from other experiences can be used in a business and workplace setting. How to strengthen those skills and highlight them in your brand.


Thomas Kost

Thomas Kost, Ph.D.

Speaking Tips to Avoid Presentation Disaster
Tuesday, Feb 6, 1:00 - 2:00pm Room 6D

This course is designed to provide proven tools for preparing, organizing, and presenting effective presentations to a variety of audiences. Through a combination of lecture and participatory exercises, participants will gain confidence and enhance their speaking skills. An emphasis will be placed on how to connect with your audience in a meaningful and interesting manner.


Robert M. Campbell, Ph.D.

Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D.

Robert M. Campbell, Ph.D., SLAS Discovery Editor-in-Chief (Eli Lilly & Company)
Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D.,
SLAS Technology Editor-in-Chief (National University of Singapore)

SLAS Author Workshop: How to Prepare a Manuscript for Publication
Wedneday, Feb. 7 Convention Center Room 17A
7:30 to 8:00 a.m. Students and Early Career Professionals Continental Breakfast
8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Workshop

Join the editors-in-chief of the official SLAS journals for a step-by-step overview of how to design and write scientific research papers more clearly and effectively to improve their chances for publication. Attendees will learn what editors want, what they don't want, common mistakes, insider tips and how reviewers evaluate manuscripts.

Free One-on One Mentoring Sessions

Sign up for a one-on-one career counseling sessions with industry professionals. Click here for complete information on the SLAS Mentor Program. Get the most out of your time, and be sure to bring your resume, CV, cover letter, research summary, Linkedin profiles, etc. for a comprehensive review. These slots are on a first come-first served basis and will fill fast! Contact Suanne Determan for available slots.

Students and Early Career Professionals — Network and Have Fun!

  • Monday, February 5th from 5:00-6:00 pm: Student and Early Career Professional Mixer in the SLAS Booth on the Exhibition Floor
  • Monday, February 5th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm: Off-Site Social Event at Tin Roof (Student and Early Career Professionals only)
  • Wednesday, February 7th from 7:15 – 8:00: Join your peers for a Student and Early Career Attendee Continental Breakfast prior to the SLAS Author Workshop in Room (tbd)

See what’s new and exciting with SLAS! Visit with existing friends and make new acquaintances at the Student and Early Career Mixer on Monday, Feb. 5 at 5:00 in the SLAS Booth in the Exhibit Hall. Enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks.

After the close of the Exhibit Hall, all students are invited to walk over to Tin Roof for games, live music and fun interaction with fellow SLAS2018 attendees. Catch up with friends and make new ones while enjoying shuffleboard, baggo, giant Jenga, board games and a photo booth, exclusively for SLAS2018 participants! SLAS provides complimentary hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and fun! A cash bar is available for those 21 and older. Come join us to start your SLAS2018 experience off right. The Tin Roof is located in walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center, at 401 G Street.

This evening is FREE to all student and early career attendees, but registration is required. Sign up here for this event.

On Wednesday morning, join your peers for coffee and a light breakfast to start your day!

Student and Early Career Professionals Membership

See what's new with SLAS! Join now to access to important programs and services that membership offers, including a direct connection to a network of peers and an array of resources that you can leverage to create pathways to success as a life sciences discovery and technology professional. SLAS offers Student Memberships for only $39/year and Early Career Professional Memberships for just $70/year. Members-only benefits of SLAS include:

  • Deeply discounted registration for SLAS conferences, exhibitions and short courses
  • Access to the SLAS Live and On-Demand Webinar series
  • Online access to SLAS Technology and/or SLAS Discovery Online searchable scientific journal archives
  • Full access to SLAS Career Connections tools
  • Direct engagement with others through the SLAS Student and Early Career Professionals Committee and SLAS Special Interest Groups
  • Full access to a global network of like-minded professionals via the SLAS Membership Directory and Social Media Sites

Click here for more information on how to become a member of SLAS!

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