The iBiology Young Scientist Seminars
A partnership of the Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology
Do you have a compelling biology research story that you want to share on the iBiology website? Are you interested in learning how to give an effective talk from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University?
Then apply to be in the Young Scientist Seminar Series by February 1, 2015.
iBiology, which generally features research talks by well-known senior scientists, is expanding its focus to highlight the work of outstanding young scientists. Graduate students or postdocs with an interesting research story and good presentation skills are encouraged to apply. Four winners will attend a two-day workshop at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, 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 new Young Scientist Seminar Series. For young scientists, this is a unique opportunity to showcase your work!
The Young Scientist Seminars are being funded by the Lasker Foundation, which also sponsors the prestigious Lasker Awards for distinguished scientists and clinicians. The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a leading organization in teaching scientists to communicate effectively, is kindly providing the training for the four winners at their Center in Stony Brook University in New York.
US and international pre-doctoral graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in any field of the biological sciences are eligible to apply. The winners will be selected in two phases.
Phase 1 – Finalist selection
Each application must have the following materials submitted by February 1, 2015:
- Written description of scientific discovery and its importance, for a general scientific audience (One page or less; minimum 11 pt font)
- 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 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] – Young Scientist Seminar” (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 separately to email@example.com with “[Last name, first initial of applicant] – Young Scientist Seminar” in the subject line.
- Include the letter in the body of the email or attach as a separate document (.doc or .pdf format).
Eight to ten finalists will be chosen from the Phase 1 applications.
Phase 2 – Winner selection
Finalists submit a 30-minute video of their research talk in English (recorded on a phone or simple movie camera). 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 a trip to Stony Brook, NY April 22-24, 2015.
In Stony Brook, they will:
- Participate together in a two-day workshop at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.
- Record a 30-minute research talk in a studio after the workshop.
Winners will also receive a $500 honorarium.
The studio-recorded research talks will be featured on iBiology.org and broadly advertised!