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Student/New Member SIG


The Student/New Member SIG promotes communication, mentorship, and collaboration between students of genetic counseling programs and new members to NSGC. This special interest group was created and is currently maintained by genetic counseling students and new members/genetic counselors of NSGC. We strive to create a positive introduction to the NSGC community and foster opportunities for our members to initiate involvement with the society early in their careers. We have four task forces within the SIG which allow our members to participate in or lead projects pertaining to their personal interests.  Projects and activities within task forces allow for students and new members to collaborate within the SIG as well as with leadership within other SIGs or Committees throughout NSGC, while providing continuous growth of our members’ professional network and relationships..

Other SIG Benefits:

  • Annual leadership application process to get involved
  • Scholarship opportunities·         
  • Boards Studying Match Group process (every 6 months)·         
  • Quarterly newsletters alerting you to SIG activities, scholarship opportunities across SIGs, and sign-ups for various SIG activities·         
  • In-person round robin mixer at the AEC·        
  • Built-in community of over 100 members

Task Forces

Education/Certification (ECTF):

  • Engage current genetic counseling students by raising awareness of the SIG and providing students with opportunities for involvement.
  • Organize bi-annual boards study groups nationwide and provide support throughout the study period. 
  • Serve students and new members by surveying new counselors on studying tactics and certification experiences. 
  • Connect new counselors in cities or regions through “ambassadors” who are members of the task force that coordinate activities for new counselors in the area.
  • Assist in the creation of educational resources via webinars and editorial pieces on current issues faced by students and new graduates.

Outreach (OTF):

  • Expand communication with the community about genetic counseling to increase awareness of the field using events and initiatives to launch genetic counseling student interest groups across the nation.
  • Create and disseminate a handbook for launching and sustaining genetic counseling student interest groups on college campuses with and without genetic counseling programs, and provide support to these groups as they grow.
  • Participate in and support outreach activities including face-to-face, electronic, and community outreach efforts directed towards the general population, high school age students, and college campuses including guidance counselors, professors, and students.

    Prospective Students (PSTF):

    • Compile FAQ sheets outlining general information about application requirements and deadlines.
    • Create a comprehensive recurring calendar of important dates for each program, which will include application requirements, deadlines and program-specific events. The goal is that information specific to each program is easily accessible from a single website.
    • Compose a newsletter about the genetic counseling profession, highlighting a “hot topic” in genetics and a practicing genetic counselor to help prospective students understand a “day in the life”.

    Resources (RTF):

    • Create and organize a "resource bank" of websites, links, pictures, etc that is organized based on resource type and specialty.
    • Survey NSGC members regarding tools and resources they use to further their practice. This includes but is not limited to books, links to guidelines, podcasts, visual aids, blogs, Twitter feeds, state-specific patient resources/support groups. 
    • Collaborate with SIG members to create a "pop culture update" for genetic counselors that provides recent genetic/genetic counseling showcases. This would be formatted on a one page sheet that can be emailed on a monthly basis to SIG members. 


      Access the Student/New Member SIG community (including the Student/New Member Discussion Forum and SIG Documents) here.

      Join Now: To add this SIG to your NSGC membership, please visit your member profile. From the Actions tab, select the "Add Membership Package" option and select the SIG you would like to join. You will then be able to pay online or print an invoice to mail with a check.


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