The mission of the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) Postgraduate Society (PGS) is to promote professional development, foster a sense of community, facilitate communication, and ensure the representation of postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and technicians at BTI.
The PGS carries out its mission by providing opportunities for the BTI community to interact scientifically and socially and by organizing events that specifically contribute to the professional development of young scientists. Events organized by the PGS are listed in the following text.
PGS members organize this lecture followed by a happy hour one or two times each year. We invite top-tier scientists from around the world to speak at BTI. This event is open to the entire BTI community as well as anyone interested in the invited speaker’s work.
Annual BTI Science Symposium
The Annual BTI Science Symposium (formerly known as the BTI Retreat) provides the BTI community with an all-day event that includes scientific seminars, a PGS poster session, and opportunities to socialize among attendees. This major event focuses on a specific theme each year and is open to all BTI members: students, postdoctoral researchers, scientific staff and faculty, and all support staff.
PGS-Sponsored Seminars and PGS Fests
PGS Fests cultivate scientific and social interaction while building a sense of community within BTI. Scientific seminars highlight current research by scientists working locally at Cornell and elsewhere in Central New York State, or in the general Northeast region of the United States. A subsequent happy hour provides a casual atmosphere to socialize and discuss scientific research.
Professional Development Series
The Professional Development Series provides students and postdoctoral associates with lunchtime seminars that aim to strengthen specific skills necessary for career advancement. These seminars may focus on resume development and academic and nonacademic career paths in science, and provide general opportunities to learn about new techniques that may enhance current research projects.
The PGS serves all postgraduates who work in BTI, including technicians, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students.