2018 Competition for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS), Applications due December 10

Angela Zito
October 26, 2017
Posted in Announcements

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Competition of the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS). In collaboration with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, iBiology hosts the YSS video series that features PhD candidates and postdocs giving talks about their research. Selected presenters participate in a multi-day science communication seminar at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as receive a $500 honorarium. Applications are due December 10, 2017.


The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. As with all iBiology videos, the YSS videos are freely available online and widely viewed by an international audience of students, scientists, educators, and the public. Speakers in the YSS series must apply by December 10, 2017 (11:59pm PT) to be selected.


Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the University of California, San Francisco (late Spring 2018, 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 the Young Scientist Seminars.
Receive a $500 honorarium.

For young scientists, this is a unique opportunity to develop their communication skills and showcase their work!


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

Application Details

Each application must include:

  • A short statement (3500 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 description of the scientific discovery that you (the applicant) would like to share of camera and its importance, for a non-expert but scientific audience (e.g. a young undergraduate student in biology or 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.
  • 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 yss@ibiology.org with “[APPLICANT LAST NAME, FIRST INITIAL]” in the subject line. 

Click HERE to apply to the 2018 Young Scientist Seminars!