Rising Stars in Neuroscience Symposium

Presented by the University of Utah’s Department of Neurobiology

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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 – Rising Stars in Neuroscience Postdoctoral Award ($5,000).


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 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. Following the application deadline, reference letter writers will be contacted and they will have until January 22nd, 2021 to submit.

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 15 (11 - 12pm MT) and 22, 2021 (10 - 12:30pm MT)

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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