A primary objective of the SER is to encourage and foster the professional development of students of epidemiology and young investigators. One way of meeting this objective was felt to be to provide a forum in which doctoral-level students working on theses that utilize various types of epidemiologic studies, in a number of different substantive areas, using a range of epidemiologic methods, could interact with other graduate students and senior epidemiologists. This has been accomplished by conducting a one-day in-depth Student Workshop for 12 students on the day prior to the SER annual scientific meeting in June of each year. The workshop, which first took place in 1977, has been conducted continuously for over 40 years. Its purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to have their thesis work reviewed, critiqued, and discussed in a supportive and constructive atmosphere by highly respected senior epidemiologists and faculty who are productive researchers in the “real world” and who have a variety of epidemiologic, clinical, and methodological expertise. Students enrolled in a formal degree program in epidemiology who are working on any phase of their dissertation, from design to analysis, are eligible to participate in this workshop.