The Trainee Symposia Series is intended to foster scientific investigation, professional education and career development in sleep and circadian research as well as academic sleep medicine. The Trainee Symposia Series includes seminars on the science of sleep and circadian rhythms, career development, grant writing, a leadership workshop, mentorship opportunities, breakfast and luncheon expert sessions, as well as social activities for trainees to foster a collegial atmosphere.
SRS competitive awards exist to support a trainee’s effort to grow in the field. These awards and all programs in the symposium series are free and open to all SRS trainees. Current SRS ‘Student’ Membership is required. The awards and some programs require applications. Each application will be reviewed on its own merit. Please apply to all awards for which you are eligible and interested, attending to the requirements in the application. Only applicants who commit to attend the Trainee Symposia Series at SLEEP 2018 (Sunday June 3, 2018) will be considered.
Registration for both SLEEP 2018 and the Trainee Symposia Series will be verified prior to final selections.
Trainee Merit Award
Trainee Merit Awards are financial awards which are approximately the cost of registration for SLEEP 2018, a certificate, and recognition in an SRS Update. To be eligible for a Trainee Merit Award, trainees must submit an abstract for the SLEEP 2018 meeting; trainees must complete/submit the application, attend the full Trainee Day (Sunday June 3rd, 2018), and submit an evaluation on site. All merit award winners will be notified no later than March 30, 2018.
Trainee Merit Awards are only distributed at the conclusion of the Sunday workshops. A completed evaluation form, available only in person on June 3, 2018, is required. No awards will be mailed.
Grant Writing Workshop Award
On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, a Grant Writing Workshop will be held for a select group of trainees seeking guidance in Grant Writing. The one-day workshop will include speakers, interactive panels, and small group discussions focused on the grant application process. Attendees will be encouraged to bring drafts of their own specific aims and training plans for review during the workshop. International trainees are welcome to attend; however, it should be noted that the main focus of the workshop will be on developing an application for an NIH-style training award. An application is required. All workshop participants will be notified no later than March 30, 2018.
SLEEP Meeting Mentor Program (SMMP) Award
The Sleep Meeting Mentor Program offers a unique opportunity to interact with a faculty mentor in sleep and circadian research at the SLEEP meeting. This program was developed to facilitate networking and career development opportunities (e.g., CV review, grant development ideas, etc.) for trainees who show strong potential for a career in sleep and circadian research, but need additional mentorship not available at their home institution. If selected, the matching of mentees and mentors will be done based on mentor availability. No guarantees are made that the mentee trainee will be matched with one of their named ideal mentors. Please note, while it is our hope that the trainee/faculty connection will continue past the meeting, the goal of this program is to provide brief mentorship during SLEEP 2018. An application is required. All selected for this program will be notified no later than March 30, 2018.
If you are applying for more than one opportunity, please rank your interest in these programs.
Applications due 11:59PM, CST, February 5th, 2018
Trainees selected will be notified no later than March 30, 2018.