A partnership of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology
Are you a graduate student or postdoc in biology with a compelling research story that you want to share on the iBiology website? Are you interested in learning how to give one of the best science talks of your career from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science?
Then apply to be in the Young Scientist Seminar Series by January 9, 2017. Applications will be accepted starting November 1, 2016.
The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. As with all iBiology videos, the YSS videos are freely available online and widely viewed by an international audience of students, scientists, educators, and the public. Participants in the YSS series must apply to be selected. PhD candidates or postdocs with an interesting research story and good presentation skills are only eligible to apply. Four winners will attend a multi-day workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a leading organization in training scientists to give effective talks. After this training, the selected scientists will record their 30-minute talks in a green screen studio. The talks will be posted on iBiology.org as part of a the Young Scientist Seminars. For young scientists, this is a unique opportunity to develop your communication skills and to showcase your work!
The Young Scientist Seminars are being funded by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, which accelerates support for medical research through recognition of scientific excellence, public education, and advocacy. The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science is kindly leading the training for the four winners.
US or international pre-doctoral graduate students (i.e., PhD candidate) and post-doctoral fellows in any field of the biological sciences are only eligible to apply. The winners will be selected in two phases.
Phase 1 - Finalist selection
Each application must have the following materials submitted by January 7, 2017:
- Short cover letter (220 words maximum on why are applying to the YSS and why you are a good fit; must be in attached document and not in body of email)
- Written description of scientific discovery and its importance, for a general scientific (i.e., non-expert) audience (500 words maximum; you may included references and images in your description; references are excluded from the word count)
- Letter of recommendation from a faculty member that comments on the applicant’s scientific merit and communication skills (sent separately; see details below)
- Send your cover letter, CV, and description to firstname.lastname@example.org attached to one email (.doc or .pdf format).
- Use the subject line “[Last name, first initial of applicant]” (e.g., “Smith, J - Young Scientist Seminar”).
- Include the name and affiliation of the faculty member that is writing your letter of recommendation in the body of the email.
- Send your letter of recommendation to email@example.com with “[Last name, first initial of applicant]” in the subject line.
- Attach your letter as a separate document in .doc or .pdf format.
- Please include your signature on the letter.
Ten to twenty finalists will be chosen from the Phase 1 applications.
Phase 2 - Winner selection
Finalists will perform a 30-minute "audition" research talk in English via Skype. Information about the 30-minute talk, including the deadline and guidelines, will be supplied to the finalists.
Four winners will be selected from the pool of finalists, based on both the science and clarity of the talks. At least one winner will be chosen from outside the US.
Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco, CA (date TBD), where they will:
- Participate together in a workshop to receive first-rate science communication training. During the workshop, they will make improvements to their 30-minute research talks.
- Record their improved 30-minute research talks in a studio after the workshop.
Winners will also receive an honorarium.
The studio-recorded research talks will be featured on iBiology.org and broadly advertised!