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iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition 2020

iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition 2020

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Country: USA
City: California
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iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition 2020 is the platform for graduate student or postdoc in any field of biology to share their research story share with the world. However, the Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features early-career scientists giving talks about their research as well as discoveries. As with all iBiology videos, YSS videos are freely available online and widely viewed by an international audience of students, scientists, educators, and the public.

Winners of iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition 2020

  • Winners will receive a fully-funded trip to the University of California, San Francisco (late Spring 2020, exact dates 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 available on the iBiology website as part of the Young Scientist Seminars series.

Eligibility for iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition 

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 don’t need to be a compulsory  Ph.D. candidate to be eligible for the competition. But however, your research story should be close to publication or have been recently published.

How to apply for iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition 2020?

  • A short statement (3000 characters maximum, including spaces) explaining why you (the applicant) are applying to the YSS competition as well as 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. undergraduate students 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 also 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 as a PDF attachment to yss@ibiology.org with “[APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL]” in the subject line.

Recommendation letters must be received by the application deadline for full consideration. However, except for the letter of recommendation, application materials will NOT be accepted via email. Applicants MUST submit their materials using the application survey.


Phase 1 – Finalist SelectionTen to twenty finalists will be chosen based on their submitted application materials (details and application link above).

Phase 2 – Winner Selection: Finalists will give a 20-minute audition talk in English using video conference to iBiology staff. Next, the finalist will receive the information about the 20-minute talk, including the deadline and guidelines before the audition. Furthermore, the selection of 4 winners from a pool of finalists will depend on both the science and clarity of the talks.


The applicants must submit the application for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition until December 16, 2019 (11:59 pm PT). Applications arriving after the deadline are not eligible for the competition.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline16 December,2019
Open toAll Nationalities
Organizer Young Scientist Seminars (YSS)
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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