The semester is coming to an end and summer break is just around the corner, so why should you be thinking about conferences and grant opportunities? Conferences like SESUG provide a lot of great benefits to students. These conferences are a great source of professional development. They offer workshops and presentations for those with advanced skills as well as those new to SAS who are interested in learning more. They are also a great place to hone your skills as a presenter. This is a place students can showcase their work and abilities in front of a large number of potential employers. There will be numerous networking and social events and many of these participants are hiring managers who are interested in meeting recent and upcoming graduates who have the knowledge and skills they are looking for.
The SESUG conference will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina, October 14-16. The SESUG Student Grant application process is open now. There are two levels of support, one of which includes a travel stipend. This is a great way to build out your resume and network with professionals from a variety of industries.
A message from Deborah Skinner, SESUG Student Grant Coordinator
Students selected for the grant program receive the VIP treatment at our conference. Grant winners are recognized at the opening session and are guests at a special student luncheon, as well as having special ribbons on their conference badges. In addition, there are meals and mixers for all of the attendees – so there are plenty of opportunities to mingle and meet. Previous student grant winners have consistently told us what a wonderful time they had at the conference and what an eye-opening experience it was for them in planning for their future.
I can promise you that you will walk away from SESUG 2012 with new knowledge about SAS, new insights into your future, and lots of new friends and colleagues. You will have lots of opportunities to learn, grow, and frankly just have a lot of fun. So what are you waiting for? The SESUG website contains all of the details and a link to the application.