Young Scientist Seminars Competition

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Young Scientist Seminars Competition

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 Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation is delighted to announce the Young Scientist Seminars Competition.

The competition is open to U.S. and international pre-doctoral graduate students (i.e. PhD candidates) and post-doctoral fellows in any field of the biological sciences. This is a unique opportunity for young scientists to develop their communication skills and showcase their work!

Who May Eligible:         

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • U.S. and international pre-doctoral graduate students (i.e. Ph.D. candidates) and post-doctoral fellows in any field of the biological sciences are eligible to apply.
  • Although you are not required to be a Ph.D. candidate to be eligible to apply, your research story should be close to publication or have been recently published to be considered.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • 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 the 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 with “[applicant last name, first initial]” in the subject line.


  • Winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the University of California, San Francisco (late Spring 2019, exact date TBD), 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 Young Scientist Seminars.
  • Receive a $500 honorarium.

Application Deadline:

Speakers in the YSS series must apply by December 17, 2018 (11:59 pm PT) to be selected.

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