All VT-IMSD scholars have the opportunity to attend mentoring workshops aimed at developing academic and professional skills for success. Workshops are presented by experienced Virginia Tech faculty and staff. Workshops cover topics like how to survive at Virginia Tech. Workshops are a great place to network with faculty and fellow scholars.
Forums give VT-IMSD scholars first hand opportunities to learn about scientific research and sharpen their presentation skills. Presenters talk about their career in science as well as their research. Forums are a wonderful source of inspiration for scholars. Forums are also a great place to network with other scholars and scientific researchers.
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students takes place yearly and is one of the largest professional networking conferences for underrepresented and minority scholars. ABRCMS is a major networking opportunity that draws upwards of 4,000 people. This event is attended by representatives from graduate programs at major U.S. universities, government agencies, foundations, and professional scientific societies. Attending ABRCMS can help VT-IMSD scholars make the connections they need to succeed.
The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science conference takes place yearly and is often attended by IMSD students. SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.