The 2019 Competition for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS)
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 any field of biology with a compelling research story that you want to share with the world? Do you want to learn how to give one of the best science talks of your career?
The application for the 2019 Young Scientist Seminars has closed. Check back on this page for information about the winners and applications for future competitions
The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features early-career 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.
- Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the University of California, San Francisco (June 3-7, 2019), 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. Studio-recorded talks will be posted on the iBiology website as part of a the Young Scientist Seminars.
- Receive a $500 honorarium.
This is a unique opportunity for young scientists to develop their communication skills and showcase their work!
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 to apply, your research story should be close to publication or have been recently published to be considered.
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 scientific audience (e.g. an undergraduate student in the biological sciences). This short research description should make clear why the research is interesting and novel, and explain the 'so what?' of your work. You are welcome to use stories and analogies to accomplish this. You DO NOT need to submit a video for this.
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member (emailed separately) that comments on the applicant’s scientific merit and communication skills. Recommenders should send a signed letter of recommendation (in .pdf format) attached to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “[APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL]” in the subject line.
- We will NOT accept application materials via email. You must submit them using the application survey.
The winners will be selected in two phases.
Phase 1 - Finalist Selection: Ten to twenty finalists will be chosen based on their submitted application materials (details above).
Phase 2 - Winner Selection: Finalists will give a 20-minute audition talk in English using videoconference to the iBiology staff. Information about the 20-minute talk, including the deadline and guidelines, will be supplied to the finalists before the audition. Four winners will be selected from the pool of finalists, based on both the science and clarity of the talks.
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The Young Scientist Seminars are 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 leads the training for the four winners, in collaboration with iBiology.