Rising Stars in Neuroscience Symposium

Presented by the University of Utah’s Department of Neurobiology

Please See: The 2021 Selected Rising Stars In Neuroscience

Rising Stars in Neuroscience 2021

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.

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.

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.