Newly Independent Investigator Engagement Program
New investigators who have recently transitioned to independence, and who are committed to developing their roles as leaders within the EMGS, are invited to apply to be part of a Newly Independent Investigator Engagement Program.
Co-Chair a Symposium or Platform Session
So, You Want to be the Next New Investigator Program Chair?
Each year the Program Committee is tasked with developing the annual meeting. Led by the Program Committee Chair, this group, primarily made up of experienced EMGS members, coordinates with the SIGs and others to source ideas and content that is important and relevant to the membership. The New Investigator Program Chair plays an important role in this process to advocate for students and new investigators and ensure the meeting program addresses their needs.
There isn't a formal process to apply for the position of New Investigator Program Chair, so if you are interested in being considered for this role, there are a few things you can do.
- You will need to meet the criteria for being considered a New Investigator. Those are individuals with newly-awarded terminal degrees (e.g., PhDs, ScDs, MDs, or DVMs) for a maximum of five years following the date of receipt of the degree. The date (or anticipated date) of receipt of degree must be provided when enrolling as a Society member in the New Investigator category.
- You will need to be active and participate in related positions such as SNI Co-Chair for individual meeting sessions. This will get you experience in the basic elements that make up the meetings, e.g. symposium and platform sessions, workshops, etc. You may also have the opportunity to participate in a local organizing committee that aids the Program Committee in establishing contacts and activities in the city where the meeting is taking place.
- You will need to talk to the Program Chair, President or others on the program committee to determine if there are any other ways you can help. Coming right out and expressing your interest in this position would be a great way to get the ball rolling.
In terms of what you can expect to do as the New Investigator Program Chair, you will aid the Program Chair in the conduct of their duties including communicating with potential speakers, session chairs, etc, guiding the development of the meeting program and even perhaps serving as a chair of a specific session you develop. Essentially what you are doing in this role is gaining experience in the organization of the annual meeting so you can then serve in the downstream positions such as SIG Program Committee Representative, Program Committee member or eventually the Program Chair. This can be a very rewarding position when you attend a meeting you helped organize and see the great content and interactions that you played a part in delivering to our membership. If you have any more questions about the New Investigator Program Chair position, please reach out to the current Program Chair, President, etc.
Become an EMGS SIG or Committee SNI Co-Chair
EMGS members who may be identified as Young, Student, and New Investigators can assist the SIG chair(s) to become integrated into SIG and EMGS leadership roles.
The responsibilities of a co-chair are as follows:
- Communicate with SIG members in coordination with the chair. Specifically, email the SIG membership with reminders of upcoming important events including opening of registration for annual meeting, abstract submission deadlines, promotion of SIG content within the annual meeting.
- Provide an idea for: (a) a symposium; and (b) annual SIG meeting topic.
- Review/update/maintain the SIG website, in coordination with the business management office. Generate ideas for a minimum of two Tweets per month and communicate these to the EMGS Publicity Committee Chair.
- Promote the SIG to other New, Young and Student Investigators.
- Ensure that the sign-up sheet has been signed by all members attending the annual SIG Meeting; collect at the end of the session and deliver to management team.