Young Investigator Travel Awards Guidelines
About Travel Awards
Young Investigator Travel Awards encourage research by scientists-in-training and support the presentation of scientific papers at the 3rd International Symposium for Current and Future Applications of Focused Ultrasound, which will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, USA from October 14-17, 2012.
These awards provide young investigators whose abstracts are accepted for oral or poster presentation at the Symposium with free registration and up to $1500 in reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses. Abstract acceptance is mandatory for travel award eligibility; it does not, however, guarantee that the presenter will receive an award.
Travel award recipients will receive notification of their selection separate from abstract acceptance and scheduling information. Award funding will be disbursed after the Symposium upon submission of travel reimbursement forms and accompanying receipts to the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation.
Travel awards are open to all individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria:
1. Applicants must be active in research as a student or a resident, or as a fellow who has completed doctoral training or residency within the last four years. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
2. Applicants must be conducting translational or clinical research in the field of focused ultrasound.
3. Candidates may be travelling from within the United States or abroad. There are no citizenship or residency requirements.
4. Abstracts must be submitted via the online Symposium abstract submission system.
5. Applicants must be listed as the presenter of the abstract.
Please note: Prior awardees and employees or subcontractors of private industry are not eligible.
The Symposium’s Travel Award Selection Committee will award funding based on abstract scores and letters of recommendation. Selection notifications will be sent by email to all applicants in mid-August 2012.
How to Apply/Required Documents
Travel award applications must be submitted through the online Symposium abstract submission system by July 2, 2012. Hard copies of any part of the application will not be accepted. Applications should contain the following documents in electronic format:
1. A letter of recommendation by a mentor, section chief or department chair that includes the following information:
a. Confirmation that the candidate meets the basic eligibility requirements;
b. The candidate’s key accomplishments to date (or, in the case of very junior trainees, other forms of demonstrated excellence and recognition);
c. An assessment of the candidate’s relevant scientific attributes (e.g., intellectual curiosity, drive, critical thinking, problem-solving); and,
d. An assessment of the candidate’s potential for future success as a competitive investigator.
2. Curriculum vitae, including bibliography
When submitting your abstract through the online submission system, select the "Apply for the Young Investigator Award" option and upload your letter of recommendation and CV where indicated.
All applications must be received through the online abstract submission system by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on July 2, 2012. Applicants should apply as early as possible before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues.
For questions, please contact:
Arik Hananel, MD, MBA, BSCS
Focused Ultrasound 3rd International Symposium - Scientific Secretary, Scientific Program Committee
Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation