SfN Council Adds $100,000 in Trainee Awards for Neuroscience 2017
The Society for Neuroscience’s (SfN) Council voted today to nearly double the number of awards for young scientists interested in attending Neuroscience 2017 in Washington, D.C., increasing the availability of support to approximately 200 awards.
“The Society’s Council is making a strong statement during these challenging economic times,” SfN President Eric J. Nestler said. “By increasing the amount of financial assistance, we are expanding opportunities for outstanding trainees to gain recognition for their achievements, present their abstracts, share their science and experience all of the networking and professional development opportunities at this year’s SfN’s annual meeting.”
Trainee Professional Development Awards are presented each year to deserving undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who demonstrate scientific merit and excellence in their research. These awards provide those in the early stages of their careers the chance to present a scientific abstract, meet peers and network with senior scientists, and participate in the wealth of learning at the annual meeting — opportunities they may not have otherwise. Awards are distributed based on the merit of the trainee’s application. Recipients are selected through a competitive application process, after submission of abstracts for the current year’s meeting.
The goal of these awards is to promote the career advancement of neuroscientists from institutions worldwide. SfN supports the next generation of neuroscientists so they can further their education and careers in research, and encourage new discoveries that advance science. Throughout its programs, SfN seeks to promote gender equality and increase diversity, in all of its forms. Trainees from all around the globe are eligible and are encouraged to apply. “This is an opportunity for mentors to discuss with their trainees why attending the SfN annual meeting is so important, and to encourage them to apply for these awards,” Nestler said.
Recipients of the Trainee Professional Development Award receive complimentary registration to attend the annual meeting. In addition, a $1,000 award is given to recipients based at institutions within North America, and an award of $2,000 is given to those based at institutions outside of North America. Visit the SfN website to apply; the applications are accepted beginning Monday, May 8 and are open through Sunday, June 4.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system.