COMPASS Committee Liaison: Christina Szalinski
Search Open for Graduate Student Co-Chair of the Committee for Postdocs and Students
The Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS), ASCB’s freshest committee, has an opening for a graduate student Co-Chair who, alongside the postdoc Co-Chair, would serve in a leadership role for one-year, which can be renewed for an additional year, for a maximum term of two years total. The selected Co-Chair will learn on the job, with mentorship from the postdoc Co-Chair, and the staff liaison.
The ideal attributes of a COMPASS graduate student Co-Chair are:
- A graduate student with strong scientific leadership skills, interest, and time to serve the mission of the Society and COMPASS.
- A demonstrated passion for addressing graduate student and postdoc issues.
- Excellent communication, speaking, and writing skills.
The Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS ascb.org/committee-for-postdocs-and-students-compass/) goals are:
- Create programming and resources that directly address the training and career development needs of graduate students and postdocs.
- Promote opportunities for science advocacy and outreach that facilitate active engagement between young scientists and society.
- Increase the visibility of student and postdoc perspectives within the ASCB by authoring content for society publications and the ASCB website.
- Foster community and connection between young scientist members of ASCB
The responsibilities of the Co-Chair are:
- Take an active role in the committee’s activities
- Lead a monthly COMPASS Google hangout
- Serve as the point of contact for ASCB leadership
ASCB members interested in this unique leadership opportunity (or in nominating someone else) are asked to provide the following: 1. Name of applicant 2. Title, affiliation of applicant 3. If a self-nomination, a one-page statement of why you want to be Co-Chair 4. If a nomination of someone else, a one-page statement by the nominator of why the person would be a good Co-Chair. The person should know he or she is being nominated. 5. Applicant’s CV. Please submit applications or questions to COMPASScochairsearch@ascb.org by November 1, 2015.
Become a COMPASS Associate
COMPASS is now looking for applications from enthusiastic graduate students and postdocs. A pplications are accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed when quorum is reached or after semiannual deadlines (April 1 and October 1), whichever comes first. Applicants should submit a CV and a letter of intent to the COMPASS Committee Liaison stating why they are interested in committee membership, what they have to offer, what issues they would like to focus on and why.
Applications will be reviewed by COMPASS and membership decisions will be sent by email in a timely manner. All successful applicants will join COMPASS as associate members, pending approval of COMPASS Chairs. Associates will be encouraged to join one or more subcommittees and actively participate in all COMPASS initiatives.
Ahead of the May and December council meetings, Subcommittee Chairs will submit a list of associate members who they feel have contributed sufficiently to be considered for full member status. All full members of COMPASS must be approved by the COMPASS Chairs and the ASCB Executive Committee. Associates who receive approval will become full members of COMPASS in May or December.
For more information about COMPASS structure, read the bylaws.
Call for ASCB Ambassadors
The Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) of the ASCB is happy to announce that the revamped ASCB Ambassador Program is looking for new members.
ASCB ambassadors are the local voice of the Society, promoting ASCB events such as the Annual Meeting and opportunities such as awards and scholarships. Moreover, ambassadors will be involved in future outreach activities and surveys sponsored by the ASCB. We need enthusiastic ASCB members who can spread the news through personal contacts and through their institutional e-mail lists, graduate student and postdoc organizations, and social media. It is a great way to participate in your scientific society and is also a leadership opportunity. We currently have 52 ambassadors around the world, and you can be the next one!
Any current ASCB member can be an ambassador (although our preference is to have only one ambassador per academic department/subdivision). The list of current ambassadors can be found below. You may sign up to be an ambassadors by emailing Christina Szalinski. Please include your name, full affiliation, and a short paragraph explaining why you want to be an ambassador.