Frequently Asked (or Totally Reasonable) student questions about the ISOP
- Is the ISOP relevant to my research?
The ISOP encompasses a number of different disciplines (ecology,
parasitology, evolution, cell biology
). If the model system
that you are working on is a protozoan, then the Society probably
presents a good place to get to know other people in your specific
field and, even better, people in other fields that could be useful
to your question.
- Why bother joining the ISOP as a student?
Being a member of a professional society (any society, not just
the ISOP) shows professional involvement; one of those vague terms
that scholarship/fellowship applications likes to throw around.
So get involved.
The ISOP, in particular, is good because student membership is
cheap (half the price of the regular membership) at $40 USD per
year. That gives you an online subscription to the Journal of Eukaryotic
Microbiology, which publishes 6 issues per year. Every member
also gets pages charges waived for four pages in the
Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology per year. Page charges
for the journal are on par with other publications. Naturally,
you still have to get your article accepted and the Journal of
Eukaryotic Microbiology is an excellent place to publish. But
the math on the page charge issue is a simple problem.
You also get to be a part of an academic body that has been in
existence for more than 50 years. ISOP sponsors meetings, provides
student awards, travel money and is just a good way to get in
touch with other academics of similar interests to your own. Ok
sales pitch over. It's good, it's useful, it's inexpensive.
- Student awards you say?
L. Jahn and Eugene C. Bovee Award " is made to the graduate
student presenting the best paper or poster at the annual meeting.
- Travel money you say?
G. Holz, Jr. & Robert L. Conner Travel Fund " is used
for travel awards, especially for students and young investigators,
to promote participation in annual meetings of the International
Society of Protistologists. An application
form is available.
- Getting in touch with other members you say?
One service provided by the ISOP is to maintain a contact
list of protozoologists. This will facilitate contact with
potential supervisors, and collaborators. There is also a list
opportunities for young researchers.
Any actual questions that you might have can be addressed to the
student representative on the executive committee, Tomás Pánek.