Social Functions

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SFB Bash
The SFB “Bash,” a highlight of the Annual Meeting, provides members and attendees with the chance to relax and enjoy some palate-pleasing cuisine while catching up with friends and colleagues.

Opening Reception
This is the first networking and poster viewing session of the meeting.  The Opening Reception will immediately follow the keynote address, and will provide attendees and exhibitors with a great networking opportunity.

Women's Networking Lunch: Inclusion Practices in STEM - Preventing Sexual Harassment
(pre-registration is required)

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Ballroom—Hall 4F
Speaker: Kate Clancy, PhD

Kate Clancy, PhD will give a brief talk and lead roundtable exercises designed to help you 1) develop a strong sense of the values you hold as a scientist and engineer, 2) leverage those values into inclusion practices in your lab, and 3) create an environment free from harassment.

Student Luncheon: Becoming a Competitive Applicant in a Competitive World
(pre-registration is required)

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Ballroom—Hall 4F
Speakers: Cherie Stabler, PhD, C. LaShan Simpson, PhD, Julianne Holloway, PhD

Students, are you planning on applying for fellowships, grants, or awards? Join us for a student-led discussion session of experienced faculty speakers and an awarded student who will discuss their experiences in various application processes, provide insight as to what a winning application entails, and how to make your application stand out. This session will provide you with the tools to craft stronger applications and insight on how to position yourself to be more competitive in an already competitive applicant pool. 

Under-Represented Minority Mixer
(pre-registration is encouraged; all are welcome)
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Westin Seattle Hotel Bar (1900 5th Avenue)

Come together to mingle, share ideas, and build relationships with your fellow peers. Keep the discussion moving forward on ways to embrace and promote diversity and inclusion within the biomaterials field. 

Young Scientists Happy Hour & Trivia Game Night
(pre-registration is encouraged; all are welcome)

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Pike Brewing Company (1415 First Avenue, between Pike & Union)

Calling all undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, young industrial professionals, young faculty, and other young scientists!  Don’t miss out on this great networking opportunity and night of team building fun.

LGBTQI & Friends Mixer
(pre-registration is encouraged; all are welcome)
Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Westin Seattle Hotel Bar (1900 5th Avenue)

Join your LGBTQ colleagues and allies for cocktails and conversation. Catch up with old friends and create new bonds in a casual, welcoming atmosphere.