© Copyright 2019 SACNAS.

Professional Development

Professional Development

The Expert

Professional Development sessions provide participants at all levels (undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and/or professionals) with training and development on many of the following topics:
  • Academic Career (e.g. Graduate School Application: Developing a Personal Statement) Industry, Government, Non-Profit Career or Policy Career (e.g. Internships and Research Opportunities, Technical Report Writing or Grant Writing)
  • Mentorship (e.g. Choosing the Right Advisor, Developing the Mentee and Being the Right Kind of Mentor)
  • Networking (e.g. Using Social Networks Professionally, How to Build/Expand Your Network of Support)
  • STEM Policy/Ethics (e.g. Ethical Issues, Career Opportunities in STEM and Policy)
  • Skills for Success (e.g. CV/Resume 101, Management Skills for Scientists)
  • 2019 Featured Track: Science Communication
  • 2019 Featured Track: Inclusion in STEM
Sessions should be specifically tailored to support the core academic and professional needs of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and career professionals at each transitional stage of their careers.

Session Proposal Period Has Ended


In addition to potential topic areas described above, SACNAS is providing a special focus on two topics as this year’s “featured tracks”: Science Communication and Inclusion in STEM. In addition to being “featured tracks” for Professional Development, these tracks will be incorporated into various activities and events throughout the conference.

FEATURED TRACK: Science Communication

Purpose: The Science Communication track will provide participants with a broad range of topics related to Science Communication, from an introductory to an advanced level. SACNAS welcomes a range of creative topics to demonstrate the importance of Science Communication for professional growth, STEM education, outreach, and policy.

Example Sessions
  • Storytelling: Crafting Compelling Narratives to Share Your Science
  • Science Communication for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Science Communication and Social Media


Purpose: The Inclusion in STEM track will offer discourse on the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the STEM workforce and academia, as well as providing the opportunity for discussion on how to advocate for more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institutions for people of all backgrounds.

Example Sessions
  • Small Acts of Resistance: How to Handle Discrimination and Attacks
  • Intersectionality: Embracing and Advocating for Your Whole Self and Others in STEM
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Science Policy
  • Supporting “non-traditional students” and diverse entry points into STEM

Session Proposal Period Has Ended

For Questions or Comments

Email or call (877) 722-6271, ext. 238