Activities for Emerging Scholars and Students

GSA’s Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) has many opportunities and events scheduled for emerging scholars and students to learn, network, relax, and be recognized for their efforts at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting!

Sponsored Sessions

Biological Sciences ESPO Paper Session
ESPO/Biological Sciences Symposium

African American Family Dementia Caregivers-A Purpose of Longer Lives
ESPO/ Health Sciences Section Symposium
Emerging Perspectives on Extending Healthy and Purposeful Life
ESPO Presidential Symposium

Building an Evidence-Base to Inform Reponses to Elder Mistreatment: Perspectives from Emerging Scholars
ESPO/Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section Symposium

The Understudied Contributions of Older Adults
ESPO/Behavioral and Social Sciences Section Symposium

Networking Events

ESPO Lounge
Thursday, November 15 •  7 am to 6:30 pm
Friday, November 16  •  7 am to 4 pm
Saturday, November 17  •  7 am to 6:30 pm
The ESPO Lounge provides a place for emerging scholars to rest from the hectic conference pace, network with fellow ESPO members, meet with colleagues, enjoy refreshments, and check e-mail on the computers provided in the lounge. Back by popular demand are ESPO's Informal Chats! ESPO will again host several informal chats focused on landing academic jobs, dissertations and writing, Butler Williams Scholars, and lifelong learning. Please stop by!

ESPO Breakfast and Community Meeting
Thursday, November 15  •  7 to 8 am
All ESPO members are welcome and encouraged to attend this informational breakfast meeting, which will provide an opportunity to review the year’s activities, honor ESPO volunteer leaders, recognize ESPO award winners*, transition of ESPO chairs, and discuss current business news for ESPO. This is a great way to learn about how to get involved in ESPO leadership, meet your elected leaders, network with colleagues, and support research by fellow ESPO members.

*ESPO Interdisciplinary Paper Award, ESPO Poster Awards, and student travel awards.

ESPO Wine and Cheese Networking Reception
Friday, November 16  •  6:30 to 8:30 pm
What's better than wine and cheese at the end of a conference day? Networking with wine and cheese! Connect. Collaborate. Chill. We invite all ESPO members to join us to meet with ESPO Presidential Symposium panelists, ESPO leaders,ESPO members, and GSA fellows at a relaxed yet engaging reception.  Coming solo? No problem! You are guaranteed to meet new peers and potential mentors through a few rounds of Speed Networking. Bring your business cards and walk away with new contacts and enthusiasm for connections and future potential collaborations. Note: The ESPO Wine & Cheese Reception will directly follow the ESPO Presidential Symposium. Attendance at both is encouraged but not required.

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