Activities for Emerging Scholars and Students   

ESPO Lounge 

November 14 | 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

November 15 | 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

November 16 | 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Show Office 12, Level 3Austin Convention Center

The ESPO Lounge at the Annual Scientific Meeting provides a place for GSA’s emerging scholars to rest from the hectic conference pace, network with fellow ESPO members, meet with colleagues, enjoy refreshments, and check e-mail on the computers provided in the lounge. Back by popular demand are ESPO's informal chats! ESPO will again host several informal chats focused on gerontology education, publishing, postdoctoral fellowships, dissertations and writing, and Butler Williams Scholars and careers. Please stop by!

ESPO Breakfast and Community Meeting 

Thursday, November 14 | 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

All ESPO members are welcome and encouraged to attend this informational breakfast meeting, which will provide an opportunity to review the year’s activities, honor ESPO volunteer leaders, recognize ESPO award winners (ESPO Interdisciplinary Paper Award, ESPO poster awards, and student travel awards), and discuss current business news for ESPO. This gathering is a great way to learn about how to get involved in ESPO leadership, meet your elected leaders, network with colleagues, and support research by fellow ESPO members.

Informal Chats - The Inside Scoop on Writing and Publishing your Academic Work

Thursday, November 14 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

Student Lounge

Coordinator: Darina Petrovsky, ESPO Chair- Elect

This informal chat allows participants to share strategies and tips on writing and publishing their work. Topics include the process of publishing your thesis or dissertation, practical ways to organize and keep track of manuscript progress (i.e., Kanban Board), and tips for publishing when working in a large interdisciplinary team. Come share your successful strategies and learn from each other!

Informal Chats - Dissertation Writing Group

Thursday, November 14 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Student Lounge

Coordinator: Anna Zaia, ESPO Communications Chair & Dissertation Writing Group Coordinator

This informal chat will allow ESPO members to know more about how the Dissertation Writing Group is structured. Topics will include brief talks from previous participants about their experience in DWG and discussion about writing techniques (both dissertation and non-dissertation related)—including how to keep track and be motivated during the writing process, as well as how to balance writing time, reading time, and bench work time. This chat is open and applicable to ESPO members of all sections.

Mentoring Consultancies for Emerging Scholars 

Friday, November 15 | 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. | No fee but separate registration required.

The mentoring consultancies bring students, junior faculty, and mid-career faculty members together with senior faculty, experienced researchers, and GSA leaders to focus on methodological challenges in publication and research, share experiences, and develop problem-solving strategies that will enhance professional and career development. The consultancy is a highly structured process that provides each participant with an opportunity to both give and receive feedback on a particular issue related to publishing or research methodologies. Each person has a chance to speak and to listen; this unique and successful format reinforces the idea that when people face a challenge together, the answer is already in the room.

Supported by The Mentoring Effect.

Informal Chats - Policy and Gerontology Education: Adapting Policy-Focused Curriculum That Bridges Learning Gaps for the Non-Policy Focused Gerontology Student

Friday, November 15 | 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Student Lounge

Coordinator: Eugenie Stephenson, AGHE Senior Rep/ex-officio member to the ESPO Executive Committee 

Aims of this chat session are to engage gerontology students in policy focused coursework that often deviates from the usually biopsychosocial model used in current pedagogical strategies. This includes discussion from a student led perspective of how to prepare for engaging with policy coursework that straddles the worlds of government and aging, linking current knowledge of gerontology with policy concepts, and providing instructors in attendance with potential strategies for refreshing future coursework in a way that maintains the interest of gerontology students while fostering greater engagement within the classroom setting.

Informal Chats - It’s Only a Year (or so): Securing an Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Following Graduate School 

Friday, November 15 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Student Lounge

Coordinator: Jacquelyn Minahan, ESPO Secretary, with Peggy Cawthorn & Kate Duchowny (UCSF, T32 fellowship leader and trainee)

This informal chat will focus on securing post-graduate training positions for all disciplines. Topics will include APA-accredited internships and the match process, post-doctoral research and clinical fellowships, and various other training opportunities available to early-career ESPO members. Discussion will include search strategies, challenges with applications, and tips for interviewing. This chat is open and applicable for ESPO members of all sections!

ESPO Wine and Cheese Networking Reception 

Friday, November 15 | 6:30 to 8 p.m.

What's better than wine and cheese at the end of a conference day? Networking with wine and cheese!

Connect. Collaborate. Chill. We invite all ESPO members to join us to meet with ESPO Presidential Symposium panelists, ESPO leaders and ESPO members, and GSA fellows at a relaxed yet engaging reception. Coming solo? No problem! You are guaranteed to meet new peers and potential mentors through a few rounds of Speed Networking. Bring your business cards and walk away with new contacts and enthusiasm for connections and future potential collaborations. Note: The ESPO Wine and Cheese Reception will directly follow the ESPO Presidential Symposium. Attendance at both is encouraged but not required.

Informal Chats - ESPO International Task Force

Saturday, November 16 | 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Student Lounge

CoordinatorJoonsik Yoon and Rachael Spalding, ESPO International Task Force Chairs

This informal chat will enable international early career members and individuals with international research interests to exchange ideas and get to know others with similar interests.  Discussion will involve challenges of conducting international research and being successful as an emerging international scholar as well as funding resources, tips, and strategies for overcoming these challenges.

Informal Chats - The Road to Independence: GSA-NIA Collaborative Chat on Strategies for Career Transition (& Butler-Williams Scholars Alumni Night)

Saturday, November 16 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Student Lounge

Coordinator: Jamie Justice, ESPO Chair (with NIA Officer)

Join discussions with NIA, Butler-Williams Scholars, and early-career GSA and ESPO members. Topics will include (a) NIA grant mechanisms, review, and training opportunities (e.g., NIA’s Butler-Williams Scholars Program); (b) career development and support through GSA and ESPO; and (c) hot topics for transitional members: partnering independence with mentoring, job searches and interviews, and work-life balance.

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