Student Activities

Whether you’re an undergraduate, a graduate student or a professional in a postdoctoral fellowship, be sure to plan to attend the student functions at the SETAC North America annual meeting in Toronto! Students are an important part of SETAC, and these events give all students an opportunity to exchange ideas, talk with peers from other research facilities, and meet possible mentors for scientific and career advice. We’ve planned events that are informal, interactive and inexpensive.

Silent Auction

7:30 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

The silent auction features donated items from members and attendees, and all money raised benefits student members and student activities. It kicks off during the Opening Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Exhibit Hall and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday during the Poster Social.

Student Corner

7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Conferences are a very busy time – especially for students! The Student Corner is an area where anyone can stop by for a chat with a student leader to learn more about some of the activities going on throughout the conference and what resources are available to the students of SETAC. Not only does the Student Corner connect you with a wealth of information, it is also a space where you can take a moment to relax! Whether you need to practice your presentation or need a bit of quiet time to rest your voice, be sure to swing by the Student Corner.

Chat with a Student Leader

5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m. | Student Corner in the Exhibit Hall

Find a SETAC North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) representative wearing a rainbow lei to learn more about getting involved.

Student/Mentor Dinner

7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. | Room 801 A/B | Cost: US$10 (Pre-registration is required)

After the platform sessions on Monday, plan to attend the Student/Mentor Dinner. You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to mingle and dine with a variety of SETAC members. Your participation will strengthen your networks within SETAC and provide a valuable opportunity to discuss scientific topics and career experiences with mentors.

NASAC Face to Face Meeting

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. | Room 705 B

Join NASAC for their annual business meeting and grow your network, be a voice for students and help plan student activities.

Exploring Career Choices

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Room 601 B | SOLD OUT

Interested in learning more about potential career paths and having the opportunity to communicate with professionals from the large amount of career options? The SETAC North America Student Advisory Council and the Early Career Committee invite you to the Exploring Career Choices Event, providing a forum to hear from and interact with representatives from each sector. You will be able to ask questions about what the application and interview process was like for them, their day-to-day activities, what people look for in a candidate including education levels, and learn about continuing career paths and fields. Light snacks and beverages will be provided during the event. The event will conclude with an open mixer where you can continue conversations. Both students and early career professionals are encouraged to partake in this unique networking event.

Silent Auction

6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Don’t forget, the silent auction ends at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday during the Poster Social. This is a fundraising event that benefits student members and student activities.

Chat with a Student Leader

5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m. | Student Corner in the Exhibit Hall

Find a SETAC North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) representative wearing a rainbow lei to learn more about getting involved.

Early Career Social

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | Room 701 A | $10 students, $20 all others (preregistration required)

If you are you at the beginning of your career, join us for a chance to make new connections while enjoying some light snacks and beverages. We’ll also have some optional activities to break the ice and help you meet and chat with new people.

Samantha YammineStudent Noontime Seminar

11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Room 701 B | Free but pre-registration is required

Samantha Yammine

Neuroscientist, Science Communicator and Digital Content Creator

Samantha Yammine earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto researching how stem cells build the mammalian brain before birth and maintain it throughout adulthood. In addition to her doctoral research, Yammine co-authored a crowd-funded research study exploring the effects that scientists sharing selfies on Instagram can have on public perceptions of scientists.

Yammine is passionate about empowering people to explore science by making it more familiar, accessible and inclusive. She does this in part by sharing interactive science commentary and research updates on Instagram as @science.sam through short videos, emoji-filled captions and engaging pictures. Yammine loves speaking with people about anything science, everywhere — she’s hosted a livestream with an astronaut aboard the ISS, presented her research on the streets at Toronto’s busiest intersection, talked ringside with Muay Thai fighters about performance anxiety, and showed off model and real brains at 1:00 a.m. in a Yurt during an all-night art festival. She’s produced, scripted and hosted educational videos for companies like 3M, GE, Lady Speedstick and Seeker, and appeared as a guest expert on popular media, including TVO Kids, AsapSCIENCE, Leafs Nation Network and CBC Radio. Learn more about Yammine at samanthayammine.com.

Chat with a Student Leader

5:15 p.m.–6:45 p.m. | Student Corner in the Exhibit Hall

Find a SETAC North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) representative wearing a rainbow lei to learn more about getting involved.

Student Mixer

8:00 p.m.– 1:00 a.m. | Hockey Hall of Fame | Cost: US$30

Join us at Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF) for a night of drinks, food and dancing. Immerse yourself in one of Canada’s favorite pastimes as you explore the many exhibits and activities throughout the HHOF Concourse between dancing the night away. The event is open to all SETAC members, not just students. Admission fee includes two drink tickets and light hors d’oeuvres.