Mission: Assemble early career scientists and faculty advisors annually for an informal weekend of scientific presentations and social activities with the goal of (1) improving early career scientific research, education and training in an informal and friendly conference environment, (2) establishing new collaborations with neighboring research groups and (3) gaining national recognition of the southeastern states as a center of excellence in biogeochemistry and geobiology research.
This 2-day weekend ~150-person symposium will be modeled after the highly successful Southern California Geobiology Symposium. It will revive a similar symposium started by former Georgia Tech faculty members Don Canfield and Phillipe van Cappellen in the 1990s. The symposium will begin in the late morning on Saturday (to allow travel time) and wrap up in the early afternoon on Sunday, with 20-minute talks on Saturday afternoon, reception and poster session on Saturday night, and talks/posters and awards ceremony on Sunday morning. Cash prizes for the best three talks and posters voted on by the faculty committee will be awarded to encourage participation. Faculty advisors of students and postdocs presenting are highly encouraged to attend with their lab groups. The symposium is being organized by graduate students and overseen by a faculty steering committee. Symposium registration is free and some travel fellowships may be available upon request.