Apply by Dec. 15, 2016 to be one of the four scientists to attend a multi-day workshop in San Francisco!

Are you in the field of the Biological Sciences?

Are you trying to improve your elevator speech? Or, are you working how to effectively  deliver your research to a particular audience?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then, this multi-day conference is an opportunity for you!


Currently, applications for the 2017 Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) are now open (application deadline is Dec. 15, 2016). The YSS is open to PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in the biological sciences. Four accepted applicants will have the opportunity to attend a multi-day workshop in San Franscisco, CA where all expenses are provided by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The event is organized by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and iBiology.


As per their website, winners will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate together in a workshop to receive first-rate science communication training from the Alda Center for Communicating Science. During the workshop, they will make improvements to their 30-minute research talks.
  • Record their improved 30-minute research talks in a studio after the workshop.
  • Receive a $500 honorarium.
  • Have their studio-recorded research talks featured on and broadly advertised!”


For more information regarding the application requirements and more details about the Young Scientist Seminars, please visit



Categories: Ph.D. Completion

Author:Amanda Lo

I am a current Master's student in the Biological Sciences Department of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I work in Dr. Jeff Leips' research laboratory where I spend my time researching about genes that affect the immune system across age. While working on my thesis project, I had provided training in making laboratory solutions and in utilizing laboratory equipment (examples: WASPII plater, microinjector, ProtoCoL machine) to seven undergraduate students. During my time as a graduate student, I have directly managed and mentored six undergraduate students. I also work as a graduate assistant for both Maryland's PROMISE AGEP and the Campus-Wide Career-Life Balance Initiative at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, which officially launched in May 2015. For my graduate assistantship, I am establishing a website, which will serve as a central repository for career-life balance resources. Resources include, but are not limited to: career-life balance campus policies and seminars/workshops that advocate career-life balance and/or the wellness of the individual. While working on the website, I am assisting in organizing future career-life balance workshops and seminars. My main website is:

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