This is a good time to direct your attention to my favorite professional organization: The Association for Biology Laboratory Education, or ABLE.
I raved about ABLE in a previous post, and I won’t repeat my praise here. I just wanted to let you know that the 2018 conference will be at The Ohio State University from June 19-22. Registration isn’t open yet, so I can’t tell you the cost … but it’s typically in the $300 range and includes quite a few meals.
Are you thinking to yourself, “I can’t afford that!”? If so, I have good news for you. ABLE grants a limited number of registration waivers for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, new academic faculty/staff, and faculty/staff from community colleges. You don’t even need to be an ABLE member to apply. (If you feel inspired to join, it is a real bargain at $15 for students/post-docs and $35 for everyone else.)
Now you are probably thinking to yourself, “That sounds great!” If you are, then hightail it over to the registration waivers website and apply by March 5. The application is simple. It collects basic information, asks you to describe “how attendance at this conference would be of benefit to you personally and/or your institution as a whole,” and then requires you to upload a CV and a letter of support from your chair. It’s that easy!
If you are awarded a grant, you can enjoy a meeting full of hands-on activities and wonderful, collegial colleagues on ABLE’s dime. (Note that travel and lodging expenses are not included.) I urge you to give it a try; you won’t regret it.