55th DPS Meeting

Professional Development/Early Career

55th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences joint with EPSC
San Antonio, Texas & Virtually Anywhere
1 – 6 October 2023

  1. Student Poster Contest (Hybrid)
    Open to current undergraduate and graduate students, and those who recently graduated. Sign up and submit your poster by Wednesday, 27 September. See more details and sign up.
  2. Mentor Matching Program (Hybrid)
    Looking for both mentors and mentees to register to take advantage of this advice-sharing opportunity :). This program is hosted by the Europlanet Early Career group. See more details and sign up by 20 September (deadline has been extended).
  3. Dependent Care Grants
    These are small offsetting funds for dependent care needs for those attending the conference. Open to both DPS and Europlanet Society members. See more details and apply.
  4. Ahead of the meeting: DPS Early Career Presenters Help Desk / Presentation review (Virtual)
    Wednesday, 27 September, 6 pm ET / 5 pm CT / 4 pm MT / 3 pm PT or
    Thursday, 28 September, 11 am ET / 10 am CT / 9 am MT / 8 am PT

    In preparation for the upcoming DPS meeting, the DPS education committee is offering two opportunities for students and early career scientists to practice their presentations (talk or poster) before the meeting. You will be able to practice your slides/visuals as well as timing and get feedback in a constructive and welcoming environment. These sessions are scheduled to allow you to make changes to your presentation before the deadline to upload your talk on 29 September.

    Deadline to register for a session: Monday, 25 September.

    Experienced presenters are invited to participate: please contact Christine Shupla to volunteer!
  5. Meeting Event: Early Career Networking Reception (In-person) 
    Monday, 2 October, 5:30-6:00 pm CT
    Location: Marriott Riverwalk Salons G & M (at the conference venue)

    Please join us for an early career networking reception; all students and postdocs are welcome to attend, share advice, and meet up with colleagues. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary. Please also see the professional development workshop on mental health directly following this reception. This event is co-hosted by the DPS Professional Development Subcommittee and the Europlanet Early Career Group. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the DPS Committee! To learn more about Southwest Research Institute please visit https://www.swri.org and https://www.boulder.swri.edu.
  6. Meeting Event: Professional Development Subcommittee Workshop on Mental Health (Hybrid) 
    Monday, 2 October, 6:00-7:00 pm CT
    Location: Marriott Riverwalk Salons G & M (at the conference venue) and on Zoom (link provided in meeting program)

    Open to all career stages! Please join us for a workshop aimed at constructive discussions around mental health. Thanks to Steve Vance who has graciously agreed to lead the discussion. The event is open to all from any career stage, and no pre-registration is necessary. We will provide a link for submitting anonymous questions closer to the time of the event (and at the event itself). This event is co-hosted by the Europlanet Early Career Group and the DPS Professional Development Subcommittee. The Zoom link to join this hybrid event virtually can be found in the DPS program closer to the time of the event.

    The incidence of depression and anxiety in planetary science hasn’t been well studied. Efforts are underway to remedy that dearth of information, and to promote recognition of the different ways people experience their worlds. This short course will describe those efforts and some recent results. Dr. Vance will also share his perspective and personal experience in planetary science in hopes of prompting discussion of how we might treat ourselves and our colleagues with greater empathy.
  7. Meeting Event: Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour (Hybrid)
    Tuesday, 3 October, 12:15-1:15 pm CT
    Location: Salon I in the conference venue (one of the oral presentation rooms)

    Open to all! Join us for networking and an informal discussion on professional development topics over the lunch hour. This year’s theme is resilience. We will provide some food for thought, but much of the meeting will be reserved for discussion.  

    Thanks to generous sponsorship from AURA and the DPS Committee! To learn more about AURA please visit https://www.aura-astronomy.org/.

    Registration for the WiPS event is separate from the main DPS-EPSC meeting. See more details and register.
  8. Meeting Event: Europlanet Early Career (EPEC) General Assembly (hybrid)
    Tuesday, 3 October, 5:30-7:00 pm CT
    Location: Conference Rooms 1-2 in the Marriott conference center and on Zoom (link provided in meeting program)

    All early career attendees are encouraged to participate in the EPEC general assembly! At this assembly there will be an introduction to how EPEC is organized, and an update on the past year's activities and the latest news. Join our friendly and inclusive community!
  9. Meeting Event: Early Career Social Get-together (In-person)
    Thursday, 5 October, 7:00 pm CT
    Location:  El Camino Bar (1009 Avenue B, San Antonio); ~1-mile / 25-min walk
    Informal networking event for early career conference goers. Spend a delightful evening and expand your network! Join us in a Mexican-themed experience, with drinks and tapas in a food truck park. No registration required — come, take a seat, and have a great time. This event is hosted by the Europlanet Early Career group; contact EPEC with questions or visit our booth during the conference.
  10. Student hotel room block
    To help students find housing at a more affordable rate, we’ve obtained a block of rooms at the Home2 Suites by Hilton San Antonio – Riverwalk.  Registered students will need to book through the link on the DPS website prior to 17 September. First come, first-served with no exceptions after the block is full. See details and booking link on the meeting accommodations page.

For questions about professional development events contact Kelsi Singer