Career Development

Connection Corners

Connection Corners is an event for trainees, established in 2013 at the annual Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) meeting. During this event, accomplished senior members are invited to host discussions at tables with topics that are relatable and of interest to attendees at diverse stages in their careers. These open-ended “chats” provide a casual environment to interact, and facilitate networking between meeting attendees, especially amongst trainees.

Virtual Connection Corners

September 28 - 2:00PM - 3:00PM Central Time

Join us for a virtual networking opportunity! Modeled after the in-person Connection Corners event that has become a staple of the Annual Meeting, there will be three breakout groups, featuring different topics of conversation, of which attendees will select two that they would like to attend. Within these breakout groups, you will be able to interact with group mentors, and ask your specific questions.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Table #1: Junior Faculty Survival Guide

Meghan Riddell, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Alberta

Advice to Trainees: Be brave. If you always play it safe you will miss out on the chance to really push the boundaries of your knowledge and discoveries.
Geetu Tuteja, PhD
Assistant Professor
Iowa State University

Advice to Trainees: Don't be afraid to ask for feedback and support in all aspects of your career.


Table #2: Combining Clinical Work with Research

Steven L. Young, MD, PhD
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Ruth Lathi, MD
Stanford University


Table #3: Maintaining Collaborations

Asgerally T. Fazleabas, PhD
University Distinguished Professor
Michigan State University

Advice to Trainees: Be honest and forthright with your collaborators and know that collaborations are a two-way street that both groups benefit and succeed.
Courtney Marsh, MD, MPH, FACOG
Associate Professor and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Division Director
Kansas University

Advice to Trainees: Never underestimate the importance of maintaining collaborations.  You never know what opportunities may arrive from the connections you make!


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