Career Development- Day 1: Thursday, March 28, 2019- 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The mission of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society is to foster collaborative research in bioinformatics and computational biology by providing a forum for scientists of various backgrounds and disciplines to interact to solve biological, health and/or biomedical problems using computational tools. Student research has always been a prominent component of the annual conference, which can be seen in the activities such as student awards, preconference hands-on workshops, and career development activities. Career development is an integral part of MCBIOS’ commitment to its trainee members. Professional skills including communication, planning, teamwork, and project management are valued by employers across a wide range of sectors. MCBIOS recognizes that it is important to promote an environment where these skills can be developed and also provide the necessary resources to our trainee members. Furthermore, the career development session offers an enhanced experience to help trainees identify and develop an individualized career plan for themselves. 

The goals of this session are:


1) To present trainees with a breadth of career-related resources

2) To provide a framework for career trajectory and planning


Topics that will be addressed include: social media for science careers, career options in academia, career options in industry, career lessons learned, career planning, and identifying resources.

Young Scientist Excellence Awards – Day 2: Friday, March 29, 2019 – 8:00 to 9:20 a.m.

MCBIOS Young Scientist Excellence awards program recognizes students and postdoctoral fellows that exhibit scientific excellence in the field of Bioinformatics. Student and postdoctoral fellows go through a rigorous award application and the top five candidates will give an oral presentation in a session dedicated to this award program. In addition to an abstract, participation in this program requires submission of separate description of the innovation of the research and individual contribution to the work being presented. Selection of the top five is based on the evaluation of the award applications first by the MCBIOS board members, and subsequently by a panel of judges (including keynote speakers), for the quality and impact of the research. The quality of the professional presentation is the primary consideration for selection of the award recipients. Applicants with demonstrated multidisciplinary contribution and initiative are given preference during final selection. 

Student Mentoring Meeting- Day 3: Saturday, March 30 – 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.

This year, MCBIOS is implementing a new student-driven initiative which offers an additional opportunity for interactions between faculty members and students. The student mentoring meeting event offers an opportunity for students to connect with other trainees as well as to have one-on-one discussions with faculty mentors in a casual atmosphere.


Inimary Toby, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Dallas

Brittany N. Lasseigne, Ph.D. 
Senior Scientist, Myers Lab
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Ujwani Nukala, Ph.D. candidate
Ph.D. Candidate in the Joint Bioinformatics Program
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).