New GlycoNet Trainee Association Executive Committee announced

New GlycoNet Trainee Association Executive Committee announced

GlycoNet trainees will receive support to advance their professional development and promote their research activities

The 2020-2021 GlycoNet Trainee Association Executive Committee. From top left to right: Emily Rodrigues, Omozogie Paul Aigbogun, Revathi Reddy, Jolene Garber. From bottom left to right: Nakita Buebrazo, Reilly Pidgeon, Marie Boddington.

By Ali Chou

The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Trainee Association Executive Committee members. The Committee consists of seven GlycoNet trainees from six institutions across Canada. The members will represent the interests of all trainees, including undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and technicians. Working together with GlycoNet’s management team, the Trainee Association Executive Committee advocates for trainees’ concerns while providing various resources to enhance trainees’ experience at GlycoNet.

“We are excited to welcome our newest GlycoNet Trainee Association Executive Committee,” says Dr. Elizabeth Nanak, GlycoNet’s Chief Executive Officer. “Members of this Committee come from diverse backgrounds, and this is what we feel will contribute the most to a more inclusive training program.”

“One of GlycoNet’s core missions is to prepare the next-generation glycoscientists to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators,” says Dr. Warren Wakarchuk, GlycoNet’s Associate Scientific Director. “The Training Committee and I are delighted to support new training initiatives and professional development activities. I look forward to seeing how our program will shape the experience of GlycoNet trainees and contribute to their career paths.”

The new Chair of the Trainee Association Executive Committee, Emily Rodrigues, says that in addition to the different funding opportunities for trainees, the Committee is planning several new initiatives this year. “We are discussing new programs such as science knowledge exchange events in different locations across Canada, and the possibility of launching an alumni association to connect current trainees with those that succeed beyond GlycoNet. We care for the well-being of our community, and we want to make sure that trainees have the resources and tools available if they need to reach out for career advice or networking opportunities.”

The members of the 2020-2021 Trainee Association Executive Committee are:

Chair

Emily Rodrigues
Graduate Student, University of Alberta

Vice Chair

Marie Boddington
Graduate Student, Queen’s University

Secretary

Nakita Buenbrazo
Technician, McMaster University

Communications Officer

Revathi Reddy
Graduate Student, University of Alberta

Communications Officer

Reilly Pidgeon
Graduate Student, McGill University

Symposium and Webinar Series Representative

Jolene Garber
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Member-At-Large

Omozogie Paul Aigbogun
Graduate Student, University of Saskatchewan

Stay tuned for upcoming events, news, and activities about GlycoNet trainees. Trainees are invited to reach out to the GTA-EC at glyconet@ualberta.ca to share news and updates about their ongoing projects.

Visit the Trainee Association webpage and learn more about each Executive Member in this short video

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