2019 Conference – Information for Students and Trainees

The Society for Affective Science Student Committee (SASSC) supports affective science students and trainees—from undergraduate to postdoctoral levels—by coordinating social and professional initiatives for trainees at the SAS Annual Conference. Below is information for the 2019 Conference!

  • Come along to the SASSC Student Social! The SAS Student Social is held the Thursday evening of every annual SAS meeting. Join us on 21 March from 8-10 pm at Barlow’s (241 A Street, Boston 02210). There will be fun, snacks, and free drinks for the first 20 attendees – and for the winners of our first-ever Student Social bingo game! Barlow’s is a 10- to 15-minute stroll from the Westin Boston Waterfront. Meet in the main lobby around 7:45 pm to walk with us, or turn up at your leisure!
  • Hoping to share your research with someone special? This year, poster presenters were able to invite up to three faculty members to stop by and see their work. We hope to offer this again next year!
  • Looking to obtain a position in the next year? This year’s conference features a designated “job marketplace” networking session on Saturday, March 23 from 8 to 9 am. Reservations required.
  • Need a break or poster storage? Stop by the SAS Student Lounge in the Griffin Room of the Westin Boston Waterfront.
  • Want to grab a bite before you head out on Sunday? We’re organizing an impromptu brunch and (weather pending) walking tour outing. Contact Katie Hoemann (khoemann@gmail.com) if you’d like to join!
  • Have questions or need a group to hang out with? Join the SAS Student Facebook page and give us a shout out!

SASSC also has ongoing initiatives that may be of interest to students and trainees attending the 2019 Conference.

  • Want others to know about the amazing work you’re doing? SAS wants to highlight students and trainees, and will feature “SASSC Research Spotlights” each month on the official Twitter and Facebook page! Nominate yourself by submitting recent papers, funded grants, and published tools/scripts. [link]
  • Can’t get enough affective science? SASSC is hosting the new “SAScast: Perspectives in Affective Science” podcast series led by Abhishek Saxena and Victoria Spring. Keep your eye out for that later in 2019. Also, join our growing team of U.S. regional and international student representatives to host local events!

We’re always looking for more ways to bring together and feature how awesome SAS students and trainees are! If you have any ideas or want to get involved in SASSC, please reach out to any of us. Happy science-ing from the 2018-2019 SAS Student Committee!

Thematic Flash Talk and Poster Awards

To acknowledge the Society for Affective Science’s appreciation of its trainee members, the most outstanding trainee presentations each year are recognized with awards. All trainees (postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students) who were first-author on a poster or thematic flash talk are eligible for these awards.

Process: Awards are determined based on a two-step process. Candidates are initially identified based on the quality of submitted abstracts (blind to author name/affiliation) by a team of three raters from the SAS program committee. Abstracts are evaluated for the impact of the work; those who self-select to present flash talks and who are rated the highest are chosen to present flash talks at the conference. All others are chosen to present posters. These same ratings are used to designate which trainees will subsequently be evaluated in person for flash talk or poster awards. Approximately the top 10% of flash talks and posters are selected for further evaluation after the initial review of abstracts.

Second stage evaluation is completed at the conference by a team of judges from the SAS program committee that spans disciplines. Each flash talk and poster selected from the first stage is evaluated in person by a team of three judges. Flash talk and poster candidates are rated on three dimensions: research quality, presentation clarity, and effectiveness in answering questions. Awards are given to the top-rated flash talk presenter and poster presenter. Awardees are recognized at the conferences’ award ceremony and/or via society-wide email.

2019

Best Thematic Flash Talk Award

Name
Erika Weisz
Institution
Harvard University

Best Poster Award

Name
Pooya Razavi
Institution
University of Oregon

2018

Best Thematic Flash Talk Awards

Name
Jin Hyun Cheong
Ashley Doukas
Jennifer G. Pearlstein
Adrienne Wood
Institution
Dartmouth College
New York University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Best Poster Awards

Name
Sydney M. Krueger
Diana Crafa
Jennifer Yih
Jacinth Tan
Institution
Columbia University
McGill University
Stanford University
University of California, San Francisco

2017

Best Thematic Flash Talk Awards

Name
Dyan Connelly
Katie Hoemann
Kent Lee
Daniel Lim
Institution
University of California, Berkeley
Northeastern University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Northeastern University

Best Poster Awards

Name
Elizabeth Cosby
Veronica Heng
Jennifer MacCormack
Aliza Schwartzblatt
Institution
Brown University
University of California, Davis
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
CUNY Graduate Center

2016

Best Thematic Flash Talk Awards

Name
Elise Kalokerinos
Shir Atzil
Autumn Kujawa
Brett Ford
Institution
KU Leuven
Mass General Hospital
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of California, Berkeley

Best Poster Awards

Name
Erik Nook
Victoria Spring
Erin Moran
Kelly Finn
Institution
Harvard University
University of Iowa
Washington U School of Medicine
University of California Davis

2015

Best Poster Awards

Name
Brett Ford
Alice Hua
Sandy Lwi
Andrew McCullough
BoKyung Park
John Purcell
Ashley Ruba
Institution
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Francisco
University of California, Berkeley
Northeastern University
Stanford University
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Washington

2014

Best Poster Awards

Name
Jozefien DeLeersnyder
Janine Dutcher
Sunny Dutra
Marlies Houben
Philipp Opitz
Jennifer Silvers
Daniel Stout
Institution
KU Leuven
UCLA
Yale University
KU Leuven
Tufts University
Columbia University
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee