St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium Experience
Marnie recently returned from the St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS). NGSS is an invitation only event. and from the 1,815 students invited to apply for the 2015 NGSS, Marnie was one of 44 students selected by a faculty review committee to attend this event. The five day symposium included scientific sessions, tours of the St. Jude facilities and Memphis area, and meetings with St. Jude faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Marnie had the opportunity to individually meet with investigators in the fields of psychology, epidemiology of cancer survivors, vaccine research, and pharmacogenomics. Marnie also enjoyed meeting the institution’s veterinary pathologists and the director of the animal resource center. Twice she had the opportunity to present her own research, both in the form of a 12-minute oral presentation and during the poster session. Marnie attended interesting translational research presentations by St. Jude faculty and had the opportunity to interact with St. Jude faculty and postdoctoral fellows socially during meals and networking sessions. She met a great group of brilliant and talented graduate students and many of them have received positive feedback from the faculty regarding future post-doctoral positions. This was a great experience both in terms of exploring future post-doctoral training and as an opportunity to network with emerging and established scientists involved in highly translational research.