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ACBS Student Spotlight Program Application

Purpose: To highlight students who are doing important work in the CBS community whether for research, clinical, and/or volunteer-humanitarian efforts. This will be a way to highlight their achievements, let the ACBS community know important work students are doing, and possibly provide a platform for mentoring/collaboration/professional development/conversations around highlighted areas.

Number of Spotlighted Students: We will select up to 6 students annually. In order to support basic science, 2 spots will be reserved for students who contributed to basic science.

Eligibility: Eligible students must be current ACBS member at time of submission closing. Must be considered a student in country of study/practice. Final degree (Ph.D., M.A., other) must not be conferred until at least 3 months following the closing of the application period.

Application: We receive applications twice per year. The first round of applications will be accepted approximately November 1-November 30, annually. The second round of applications will be accepted approximately March 1-March 31 annually. Applicants need to submit a 2-page (minimum) CV and complete the application form (see below).

Award Reviewer Criteria: All candidates will be rated on research experience, clinical/clinical training experience, significant achievements, commitment to diversity and equality and additional considerations. ACBS members can login to see the criteria here.

Benefit: All of the spotlighted students will be featured on the ACBS website “What’s New” section of the homepage for one week as well as on various social media sites (both ACBS and Student SIG). Also, we will add a Student Spotlight page to the ACBS Student SIG webpage where people can see all of the students who have been featured in the past. Additionally, all the spotlighted students will get 50% off the ACBS World Conference student registration fee (must be eligible to register as a student). This discount must be used for World conference in the year it is awarded or used for the World Conference in the following year (If you cannot use it for the 2024 Argentina Conference, keep it for the 2025 Conference!).

Procedure: The reviewers review applications twice per year. The first round of review will be done by the end of December. The second round of review will be done by the end of April. We will select 2-4 students (including at least 1 from basic science) in each application cycle (6 total). After reviewing, we will feature each spotlighted student once, spaced out over the following months.

If awarded, the registration discount may only be used to offset the main conference registration fees (the scholarship may not be applied to any other expense). If an individual is awarded more than one scholarship in the same conference year, the total value of all scholarships may not exceed the total cost of the ACBS World Conference registration fee.