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Would You Like $100K to Advance Your Research? Apply Before Dec. 11!

SLAS has started its search for the third recipient of the prestigious SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant. This $100,000 award is disbursed over two years to provide stipend support for promising research being conducted by students in graduate degree programs related to quantitative biosciences and/or life sciences R&D. Dec. 11, 2017, is the due date for 2018 applications and the award will be announced in spring 2018.

In 2015, SLAS dedicated $1 million in funding for this grant program, illustrating its commitment to fostering emerging innovations and innovators in life sciences discovery and technology. SLAS is particularly proud of this important program and even prouder of the two young researchers who earned the first grants -- Erik Werner for the University of California, Irvine; and Julea Vlassakis for the University of California, Berkeley.

A student’s primary research investigator or mentor at a qualified educational organization or academic institution must apply on behalf of a student. As part of the application process, the student provides detailed information on his or her research, goals and expectations.

All applications are thoughtfully considered by members of the SLAS Education Fellowship Grant Review Panel and members of the SLAS Awards and Grant Advisory Committee. If awarded a grant, an educational organization is required to pay at least 70 percent of the grant to the student as monthly stipends and exempt that student from personally paying tuition and other program-related fees. The university may use up to 30 percent of the grant to cover cost-of-education non-tuition fees, such as health insurance, activity and service fees.

The Next Level: The SLAS Visiting Graduate Researcher Grant Program

Beginning in 2018, SLAS will be complementing the existing SLAS Graduate Education Fellowship Grant program with an all-new SLAS Visiting Graduate Researcher Grant program.

This new program will enable degree-seeking graduate students in Europe and North America to participate in mentored or independent research projects with faculty members at external host institutions. A stipend will cover a student’s living expenses for research exchanges ranging from four weeks to six months. During this time, a visiting student will participate in research projects that enhance his or her own interests and advance his or her skills and scope of knowledge. Students will not be asked to do entry-level work or duplicate previous research experiences.

Information about this new program is now available at SLAS.org. SLAS will announce the first recipient of the grant at SLAS2018 and begin to accept applications for 2019 exchanges in fall 2018. Watch for more news and announcements in SLAS Point-to-Point and SLAS Point-to-Point Europe, or contact Mary Geismann.

October 30, 2017