Information was updated on August 6, 2014

Keystone Symposia's Diversity in Life Science Programs has two initiatives which are currently open for application.

The Keystone Symposia Fellows Program is a high-level mentoring and positioning program for senior postdocs and Assistant Professors (or those from industry at an equivalent level). For more information to include eligibility requirements and a downloadable application, go to Keystone Symposia Fellows Program. The deadline for applications is September 3, 2014.

Keystone Symposia is offering a limited number of travel awards to early-career investigators at the Assistant Professor or equivalent industry scientist level to attend a Keystone Symposia meeting. Awards are on a "first come, first served" basis. This is a reimbursement award for up to $2,030 to defray the travel costs of attending a Keystone Symposia meeting (airline, lodging and ground transportation). For more information to include eligibility requirements and a downloadable application, go to Keystone Symposia Early Career Investigator Travel Award Program.

If you have any questions or need more information regarding these opportunities, please contact Bridget Stacy (bridgets@keystonesymposia.org).

Information was updated on June 11, 2014

Last year, Verizon ran its Powerful Answers Award competition, and NYU startup Smart Vision Labs (founded by current Stern student Yaopeng Zhou) won $1,000,000. Really!
Honoring its ongoing commitment to innovation and social responsibility, Verizon announcing its 2014 Powerful Answers Award is accepting submissions. The multi-million dollar global challenge, which debuted last year with much success, is designed to spark innovative thinking and problem solving across industries and to generate ideas, solutions and answers for some of the world's biggest issues. As demonstrated by last year's winners, the Award encourages innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to create ideas that leverage Verizon's cutting edge technology to deliver ground breaking solutions and social good. The Award is focused on discovering ideas that deliver the best new solutions in four core areas: education, healthcare, sustainability, and transportation, a new category for 2014. Submissions will be accepted starting, April 3, 2014, through June 30, 2014 at www.powerfulanswersaward.com.
Please help spread the word to your students,

Frank Rimalovski | Executive DirectorNYU Entrepreneurial Institute@rimalovski | +1 862 250 0122 http://nyu.edu/entrepreneur

Information was updated on June 5, 2014

Announcing an Important Enhancement to the Keystone Symposia Scholarship Program
Beginning with our October 2014 meetings, Keystone Symposia Scholarship and Underrepresented Trainee Scholarship recipients will be able to attend Keystone Symposia meetings with fewer out-of-pocket expenses. Keystones Symposia will now automatically register scholarship recipients. The registration fee will then be deducted from the total award amount and the remaining amount will be available for travel/lodging expense reimbursement after the meeting.

Keystone Symposia meetings provide a particularly valuable opportunity for junior and early-career investigators to gain greater familiarity with their fields, present their work via a poster presentation and possibly a short talk, forge new collaborations, and receive valuable feedback and mentoring. We encourage you to apply for all awards for which you might be eligible:

1. Keystone Symposia Scholarships - These awards of up to 1,200 USD help make possible meeting participation by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the US and overseas. The awards are made based on the quality and relevance of the submitted abstract. The applicant's mentor must also submit a brief affirmation of support. Receipts are required for the travel/lodging reimbursement portion of the scholarship. Scholarship application deadlines occur four months before meetings begin. www.keystonesymposia.org/Scholarships

2. Keystone Symposia Underrepresented Trainee Scholarships - These awards of up to 1,200 USD have the same submission and reimbursement process as those above but are for students and postdoctoral fellows who are US Citizens or Permanent Residents and from one of the following underrepresented backgrounds: African American, Hispanic American, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Bicultural (i.e., claims parental heritage to one of the above populations in the United States). Scholarship application deadlines occur four months before meetings begin. www.keystonesymposia.org/URScholarship

3. Keystone Symposia Early-Career Investigator Travel Awards - These awards of up to 2,030 USD are for assistant professor or industry-equivalent scientists with less than four years of experience in those roles and from the following underrepresented backgrounds: African American, Hispanic American, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Bicultural (i.e., claims parental heritage to one of the above populations in the US). Applicants must articulate how the particular meeting will help answer a specific research question. These awards have a "rolling" application deadline; applications are now being accepted for Keystone Symposia meetings occurring October 2014 - February 2015. Receipts are required for travel/lodging reimbursement. Since awards are limited in number and made as applications are received, submit your application as far in advance of the meeting as possible. www.keystonesymposia.org/EarlyCareerAward

4. Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Awards - Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, these awards fund all allowable costs of attendance at infectious disease meetings of our Global Health Series for individuals from countries where the meeting topics are endemic. Keystone Symposia can make travel arrangements for these awards so there is little out-of-pocket expense for award recipients. Application deadlines occur five months before meetings begin. www.keystonesymposia.org/GlobalHealth
Note that an individual can receive only one of these awards to attend a particular meeting, but applying for all awards for which you are eligible will increase the chances of success!

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you at a Keystone Symposia meeting soon. If you are not eligible for these opportunities, please forward to someone you know who is.

Information was updated on May 22, 2014 

The Academy's Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program:
The Afterschool STEM Mentoring program is looking for graduate and postdoctoral students from New York City-area and Newark, NJ- area universities to volunteer to teach one afternoon a week in underserved 4th through 8th grade afterschool classrooms at organizations like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Mentors can choose to teach a life sciences curriculum or computing/physical sciences curriculum and can receive an Academy Fellow Teaching Credential for completing a semester of teaching and training. Applications now being accepted until July 1st for Fall 2014.
For more information, visit: www.nyas.org/AfterschoolProgram


PepsiCo Day at The New York Academy of Sciences
December 8, 2014
On December 8, 2014, the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo will host a special Journey through Science Day at the Academy's headquarters in New York City. Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo's R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers. Additionally, each participant will be asked to present a poster on their research to highlight and share their own activities and interests with PepsiCo. There will be an award ceremony for the best posters at the end of the event. For more information, visit: www.nyas.org/PepsiCo