Student and post-doc attendees are encouraged to arrive Sunday morning (6/10) so they will be able to attend the optional pre-conference workshops. Most workshops will be interactive with panels featuring grad students, local industry members, and professors. Pre-conference workshops will be held from 1 PM to 4PM and will focus on three areas: Careers in Academia, Careers in Industry, and Succeeding in Graduate School.

Tentative workshops talks are:

Tips for applying to academic positions

Effective presentation techniques

Grant and proposal writing

Career path options

How to get a job

How to transition to industry

Outreach and mentoring

Safety culture in research

Balancing life in grad school



Interest for pre-conference workshops will be indicated on registration. Final pre-conference workshops are subject to change due to interest of attendees and availability of presenters.



Optional pre-conference activities will be held on Sunday evening (6/10). Participation in official pre-conference activities will require sign-up as a part of registration as some activities will have a small fee. 

Pre-conference activities:

Saint Paul Saints game (4:15-9 pm)

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tour (4:30-6:30 pm)

Surly Brewery Tour (4:30-6 pm)

Stone Arch Bridge Tour (4:30-6 pm)

Bowling night (8-10 pm)