“I think one of the benefits that's most important for trainees is it's relatively small size and intimate setting,” Groves said. “Often at big meetings, trainees don't get the opportunity to network, either with other trainees or with more senior people in the field. And having this small meeting offered plenty of opportunities for interaction.”
SRC distinguishes itself by providing a chance for trainees to share the stage with their advisor and present in tandem, offering a fresh perspective and an exciting twist to the usual conference format.
“I've never seen that happen. So, this is definitely a unique opportunity,” explained Inshwar Hosamani, a graduate student from Baylor College of Medicine, who presented with Groves.
“That’s truly the most special part of this conference for me,” Groves added. “And if I'm organizing another meeting in the future, this is something that I hope to do.”
Sara Wickström, Ph.D., of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine and the University of Helsinki also presented at the conference, travelling from Germany.
“I’ve loved being here at Stowers. I’ve heard a lot about it. And it’s been so great to see the different model organisms. We've had a different organism for every talk. So, the breadth of biology we’re discussing is truly impressive,” Wickström said.
She also expanded on the opportunity and experience presenting with her trainee, Clémentine Villeneuve, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute.
“It’s so unique to see two different personalities giving a talk around the same topic. As a PI, I can give a broader overview, and then the trainee kind of digs deep into a topic,” Wickström said. “We hear a lot of talks all the time. So, it's nice to have something a little bit different and I’ve been really impressed with the trainee talks!”
“I think one of the great benefits of this event is it’s a small conference so it's very intimate. We can really have time talk to people and share ideas no matter if you’re a student or a PI,” Villeneuve shared.
The next Stowers Research Conference on RNA Regulation is scheduled for April 17-19, 2024. Learn more about SRC here.