A year-end message for GlycoNet Trainees

GlycoNet Trainee Associate Executive Committee • Posted: December 20, 2019

Dear trainees,

As 2019 draws to a close, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support. This year, you, our trainees, continue to achieve great success through research collaborations and our award programs. Your participation in and contribution to the Trainee Association further strengthen our core mission to provide a vibrant learning environment for the GlycoNet trainee community.

We have been actively planning the professional development workshops and networking activities for our 2020 Canadian Glycomics Symposium and GlycoNet Annual General Meeting, which will take place May 19-22, 2020. We have carefully evaluated your feedback from last year and adjusted the activities accordingly. By doing so, we hope to bring something new to the conference and improve the experience of our attendees in the future.

Appreciation for a great year

We would also like to give a special shout-out to the trainees who represented GlycoNet at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in November 2019. We hope the sessions on science policies, open science, science communications, data privacy, etc., broadened your horizons and prompted you to think about science from a different perspective.

In addition, we want to extend our appreciation to the trainee bloggers who contributed to our CuriOSEity blog this year. Your stories and pieces of advice are instrumental to fellow trainees. We look forward to hearing more stories from all of you in the coming year.

Funding program to support trainees

There are several exciting funding opportunities for trainees in the new year. Our training committee is launching the new “Research & Travel Supplements Program”, aimed at supporting trainees who want to conduct a research exchange program, or who want to advance their knowledge and skills through conferences and workshops. Another opportunity is the “Advanced Training Opportunity Program,” where trainees will be able to lead a junior student through a small project. These awards are excellent opportunities for trainees to develop as research leaders with well-rounded skills as part of their academic career. The deadline for the next application cycle is approaching: Jan 15, 2020. Make sure you don’t miss it!

In 2020, we encourage you to continue to visit our website for ways you can get more involved. If you have any questions about getting involved with the Trainee Association, please contact one of our executive members. We would be happy to chat and help.

Before we conclude the message, we present you an original and festive poem—just in time for the holidays.

Tis the season to be merry! 
Seems that the Science Santa was watching you closely throughout the year, all the way from the North Pole. We have received a special dedication for all you amazing scientists out there…

Dashing through the lab
You spent many sleepless nights
Over the data you went
Analyzing all the way!

Experiments were running
But the results didn’t look quite right
Oh I know it was not so fun 
You had to repeat them all that night!

But hey! Holidays! Holidays!
Holidays are here
Take a break from thy lab
It’s time for joy and cheer!

Hey! Holidays! Holidays!
Holidays are here
You work so hard everyday
May 2020 be your year!

No matter how 2019 was for your research, we are happy for your
Every pipette plunge
Every failed experiment that did not deter you
Every late night assay
Every early morning reporting

And for all of these experiences to lead to your next big BREAKTHROUGH!
Whether you’re taking time off or powering through, we are confident that 2020 will be yours!
Happy Holidays and have a very Merry New Year!

Sincerely Yours,
GlycoNet Trainee Associat Executive Committee

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