"Any individual in training in the field of reproductive biology and who has been recommended by a Regular Member shall be eligible for Trainee Membership" (Bylaws Article V, Section 1(e))
SSR membership provides the opportunity to interact with established scientists and with other trainees in the field of reproductive biology. Career opportunities, new scientific ideas and collaborations, and lasting friendships are forged through these interactions.
In addition to the benefits received by all members, Trainee Members enjoy:
- Reduced registration fees to attend the Annual Meeting.
- Eligibility for Travel Grants and Merit Awards.
- Special events at the Annual Meeting, including the Trainee-Mentor Luncheon and Trainee Forum.
- Access to SSR's Trainee Affairs Placement Service.
Trainee Members may also:
- Nominate a qualified individual for a Trainee Mentoring Award.
- Represent the Trainee Membership on the Board of Directors.
- Serve as voting members of:
- Trainee Affairs Committee (Bylaws Article XI, Section 4),
- ad hoc Trainee Volunteer Subcommittee (associated with the Local Arrangements Committee), and
- any committee on which they are invited to serve (as approved by the SSR Board of Directors at the 2012 Summer Board Meeting).
- Be appointed co-chair of an Annual Meeting session (see Trainee Affairs page for details).
Any student (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral) in training in the field of reproductive biology is eligible for Trainee Membership. Trainee applicants must provide a signed letter from their major professor or mentor verifying trainee status; the letter may be on department letterhead, or they may use the Mentor Signature Form. When a trainee member no longer qualifies for Trainee status, he/she may apply for Regular or Associate Membership.