Student and Trainee Committee (STC)

Statement of Purpose

Support INSAR’s mission of promoting quality autism research to improve the lives of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, and to provide the next generation of autism researchers with opportunities for education, career development, and collaboration.

Mission and Goals

The Student and Trainee Committee was established in 2009 to further the INSAR’s mission of promoting education and training in the field of autism research. 

The committee has focused on three goals:

  1. Represent the perspectives and needs of student membership in all activities of the society.
  2. Provide support for the student membership of INSAR through learning, networking, and mentorship opportunities.
  3. Increase global representation and accessibility of INSAR activities.

Student and Trainee Committee Officers

Chair: Marika Coffman, PhD

Co-Chair: Alana McVey, MS

Secretary: Alan Gerber, MS

Treasurer: Jiedi Lei, MS

Student and Trainee Newsletters

July/Summer 2020 - New
January/Winter 2020
May/Spring 2019
December/Winter 2018
May/Spring 2018 
December/Winter 2017 
May/Spring, 2017 
December/Winter, 2016 
Spring, 2016

The Student & Trainee committee strives to highlight the innovative and significant contributions of student and trainee autism researchers in our bi-yearly newsletter.To be considered for the Spotlight in an upcoming STC newsletter, please complete the submission form.

STC Activities and Events

INSAR Annual Meeting STC Events

Student and Trainee Social
The social is typically held at a local establishment near conference venue. This is a free event open to all students and trainees.  It is a great opportunity to network and enjoy some free feed.

Meet the Experts
This event provides students with direct access to leaders in the field of autism research. Students and trainees get to spend the lunch hour with researchers. This event requires pre-registration and often fills up quickly. 

INSAR 2020 Virtual: Meet-the-Experts Digital Round Table Event
July 28 - July 30, 2020 
Learn More

Student Trainee Pre-conference Workshop
The workshop is held on the Wednesday before INSAR. This workshop has focused on topics related to grant writing, but changes from year to year. This event requires pre-registration. There is also a travel award specifically for the workshop to help cover the costs of traveling to conference early to attend.

The Networkshop - New for 2020
At this year’s annual INSAR meeting in Seattle, the INSAR Student Trainee Committee (STC) is organizing a new event to help you master networking: The Networkshop. This event will take place at the same venue at INSAR (Washington Convention Center) on Friday, May 8th, 2020 during the lunch hour.

We are excited for this new event, which will provide the opportunity to learn from a panel of experts about their own experiences with networking. The faculty panelists will share their advice for networking at a conference, including initiating, maintaining, and following up with new connections. After the panel, participants will have the chance to practice networking skills within a group of peers and senior scientists in a safe and non-intimidating environment.

All INSAR student and trainee members are welcome to apply. Space is limited and there will be 32 spots for this event. If you are interested in participating in this event, kindly fill out the following application and return by March 2, 2020. The STC will carefully review each application and announce their decision in early spring 2020.

Student Booth
The booth is place to get information about events at INSAR and other resources relevant to students and trainees. The booth is often staffed by committee members, so it’s a chance to talk and meet us in person. We hope you stop by!

INSAR Institute
This is a six-week series of webinars on topics related to autism spectrum disorders. The INSAR Institute (previously titled Summer Institute) is open to everyone. It is a great opportunity for students and trainees who are unable to attend the annual meeting to connect with each other and leading researchers.  Read More...

View INSAR Institute archive recordings

Call for Student & Trainee Committee Member Applications

Applications Due: July 31, 2020

Apply Now!

*Must be a current INSAR Student Member


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