The Canadian Obesity Network Students and New Professionals (CON-SNP) is a division of the Canadian Obesity Network (CON) which serves as the conduit for students and new professionals (within 5 years of their last degree) to connect across disciplines for the advancement of obesity education, research, treatment, and management.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT : To provide students and new professionals the forum to build, maintain, and refine networking and professional development skills that are integral in pursuing a career related to obesity in academic, community, and/or industry settings, as well as advance awareness of CON.
CON-SNP is composed of over 1,200 undergraduate, Master’s, Doctoral, Postdoctoral students and new professionals in academia, industry, healthcare and government agencies across Canada.
Membership in CON-SNP is pivotal to the growth and career development of any trainee involved in obesity-related research, practice, policy and/or industry. As well, CON-SNP is an important avenue for early-career networking, relationship building, fostering research collaborations, mentorship and professional development opportunities for young trainees.
CON-SNP has an established presence in 15-20 local chapters in post-secondary institutions across the country. Each of these local chapters aims to increase membership across disciplines, strengthen the network of future practitioners, researchers, and industry professionals, as well as advance awareness of CON-RCO and its mission. To achieve these goals, local CON-SNP members organize a variety of initiatives: journal clubs, conferences, guest lectures from internationally-renown speakers, public outreach events on popular obesity-related topics, fundraisers and physical activity events/ challenges at their local institutions.
Find your local chapter leader and contact them today!
Visit "SNP News" to see the latest updates and events from our local chapter members.
To support local initiatives, CON-SNP offers chapter grants (Startup and Event Grants) and individual awards (Rising Star Award, Chapter Champion Award, Dr. Lyon Travel Award, Dr. Ian Janssen Award, conference oral and poster presentation awards) that recognize outstanding trainees. See CON-SNP Awards and Grants that you can apply for as a CON-SNP member.
Every two years, a CON-SNP chapter hosts and organizes the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM) , a student conference, which attracts over 200 students and new professionals from across the country. See CON conferences here.