2020 Young Scientist Seminars

Winners of the 2020 Young Scientist Seminars will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the University of California, San Francisco (late Spring 2020, exact dates TBD), where they will attend a multi-day science communication workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in collaboration with iBiology. During the workshop, they will make improvements to their 30-minute research talks.

At the end of the workshop week, winners will record their improved 30-minute research talks in iBiology’s green screen studio.

This is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to develop their communication skills and showcase their work!

Main criteria

  • U.S. and international pre-doctoral graduate students (i.e. PhD candidates) and post-doctoral fellows in any field of the biological sciences are eligible to apply.

Although you are not required to be a PhD candidate to be eligible for the competition, your research story should be close to publication or have been recently published.

Each application must include:

  • A short statement (3000 characters maximum, including spaces) explaining why you (the applicant) are applying to the YSS competition and how you would benefit from participating.
  • A 2-page CV or resume that highlights: research experience, scientific presentation experience and awards, and science communication, outreach or education activities.
  • A short written description (3000 characters maximum, including spaces) of the scientific discovery that you (the applicant) would like to share on camera and its importance, for a non-expert but the scientific audience (e.g. undergraduate students in the biological sciences). You DO NOT need to submit a video for this.

Find out more about 2020 Young Scientist Seminars. 


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