One of the major aims of the Lorne Proteins Committee is to foster the development of the next generation of protein scientists. With this in mind we introduced an exciting new initiative for the 2012 meeting: Students were provided FREE REGISTRATION for the first time! This is one of many special initiatives we will be providing to student delegates from 2012 onwards. The offer is capped to the first 150 student registrations so register early for the 38th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function!
Conditions for receiving free student registration:
- The student’s official supervisor or co-supervisor must also register for the meeting (registration and payment must be received by the earlybird deadline).
- The student must submit an abstract for a poster or a talk presentation.
- The offer will be capped to the first 150 student registrations.
- If for any reason a supervisor cancels their registration, the student will be required to pay the registration fee.
- The free registration offer is capped at a maximum of 10 students per supervisor.
- The deadline to register for the complimentary student registration is by the poster submission deadline - Friday 7th of December 2012 (or until 150 places are reached).
In rare circumstances the Committee may consider requests for free student registrations after the advertised deadline if there are compelling circumstances such as late student enrolments. In such cases the student's supervisor should provide a letter through the Conference Organiser (email@example.com) detailing why the Committee should consider the request. Any decision by the Committee will be considered final.
|STUDENT POSTER PRIZES|
A number of poster presentation prizes are awarded at each conference (see “Past Award Winners” page). Each poster has at least one judge allocated, who will usually be an invited international or local speaker. Each judge has approximately 7-9 posters to assess. The judge will assess each poster presentation on scientific content, visual clarity and quality of verbal communication. The best poster presentation as determined by each judge will be awarded a poster prize.
|STUDENT LUNCH WITH INVITED SPEAKERS|
Each year student delegates are invited to attend the "Meet the Speakers" student luncheon. This function provides an excellent opportunity for students to meet world leading international and local protein scientists. We understand that it can be very intimidating to ask questions of such eminent scientists or to divert them from in depth conversations, so each year a number of early career researchers are available to facilitate discussions, making this an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone.
This function is free but ticketed and limited to the first 77 student registrants who indicated their intention to attend.
|TRAVEL GRANTS FOR INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS|
There were no Travel Grants available for the 2013 meeting.
|GRADUATE STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM|
Both the Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function (LCPSF) and the Protein Society would like to promote joint activities that foster links between the two organizations. The exchange of speakers, which commenced in 2009, is working well, and we have now broadened these activities to provide an opportunity for graduate students working in the field of protein science to develop closer links. Thus the Graduate Student Exchange Program was established in 2012. This host-based program provides Australian students the opportunity to meet and network with peers in the United States in conference, laboratory and social settings. It is felt that the relationships established among students in this way will have lasting benefits not only to the students themselves but also to the future development of protein science in both Australia and the United States. LCPSF student delegates selected to participate in the exchange program will attend the Protein Society Symposium in the same year of their award.
The 2013 Graduate Student Exchange Program
Congratulations to Daniel Andrews (Monash University), Luke Formosa (La Trobe University), Grant Mills (La Trobe University) and Ben Porebski (Monash University) who were selected to participate in the 2013 Graduate Student Exchange Program. These awards, sponsored jointly by The Lorne Protein Conference and The Protein Society allow Daniel, Luke, Grant and Ben to attend the 27th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society in July this year. They will each be paired with an American Graduate Student Ambassador who will act as a host. In addition to the many scientific, social and educational activities available to all delegates of the meeting, students of the exchange program will also benefit from organised networking opportunities. The awardees will also visit leading laboratories in the USA as part of their trip.
The 2012 Graduate Student Exchange Program
Three student delegates from the 37th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function were selected from eligible applicants to participate in the 2012 Graduate Student Exchange Program. They were David Ascher (St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne), Vanessa Morris (University of Sydney, Sydney) and Alastair Stewart (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney). The awardees, sponsored by the LCPSF and the Protein Society, attended the 2012 Protein Society Symposium in San Diego, USA where they presented a poster and attended sessions of choice. Local graduate students hosted the LCPSF students during the symposium. The awardees also had access to Protein Society Mentoring Committee Workshops such as “How to give a great talk”. The exchange program delegates also took the opportunity to visit leading laboratories in the US as part of their sponsored trip. By all accounts the inaugural exchange program participants had a really enjoyable and rewarding trip. Read all about it, in the trip reports (see links below), from each of the participants.
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