Rising Stars in Neuroscience Symposium

Presented by the University of Utah’s Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

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The Rising Stars in Neuroscience Symposium seeks to provide career development and mentorship for outstanding late-stage graduate students in neuroscience, with a strong focus on spotlighting scientists from under-represented groups.

Selected applicants will receive:

  • An invitation to present their research at a two-day symposium at the University of Utah.

  • Scientific-communication training through a multi-stage workshop led by renowned sci-comm expert Dr. Brett Mensh, founder of Optimize Science.

  • One-on-one mentorship with Utah faculty.

  • Invited speakers will be eligible to apply for the University of Utah – Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy – Rising Stars in Neuroscience Postdoctoral Award ($5,000).

Eligibility

Participation is limited to pre-doctoral trainees who, at the application deadline, have completed a minimum of 3 years of their doctoral training on a neurosciencerelated project. Competitive applicants will have demonstrated strong scientific achievements and a commitment towards increasing diversity in science.

The Rising Stars in Neuroscience - Postdoctoral Award will be offered, following the symposium, to top ranked invited speakers that commit to postdoctoral training within a Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy lab at the University of Utah.

Application Materials

  • CV
  • Research statement: please describe your scientific interests and academic merit (1 page).
  • Diversity statement: Please provide a statement of your commitment and contributions to the advancement of diversity and equity in science (1 page).
  • Two letters of recommendation: please provide reference names and email contacts.

Applications must be submitted by December 15, 2020 to rising.stars@neuro.utah.edu.

We encourage advisors and students to suggest applicants. Please send recommendations to rising.stars@neuro.utah.edu.

Workshop and Symposium Details

Sci-Comms Workshop: April 17 and 24, 2021

Hosted Virtually

  • One-hour lecture in sci-comms principles.
  • Small group module focusing on developing scope and capturing attention.
  • Optional follow-up meeting with faculty mentor.

Invited Lecture Symposium: May 19-20, 2021

Hosted at University of Utah pending Covid-19 travel restrictions.

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