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Monday, May 24, 2010


Upcoming Keystone Symposia Scholarship Opportunities

Did you know Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology offers many scholarship opportunities for postdoctoral fellows? Did you also know that approximately one-third of all applicants receive awards each year?

Organized in 1972 as the UCLA Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, Keystone Symposia accelerates life science discovery by connecting scientists from all over the world within and across disciplines. Over 50 conferences are held per year; each range in length from 3 to 4 days and attract an average of 250 participants per meeting. In 2010-11, we have conferences throughout the Rocky Mountain West of the US and Canada as well as in Alpbach, Austria; Asheville, North Carolina; Killarney, Ireland; Hong Kong, China; Monterey, California; and Seattle, Washington. The meeting topics range from cancer to infectious disease to neurobiology.

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology offers two scholarship opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral students to attend its conferences: general scholarships and underrepresented minority scholarships, which are for federally designated underrepresented visible ethnic minorities in the sciences (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic or Latino, and Pacific Islander). An average of one-third of all applicants are awarded each year. About 75% of meeting related expenses are covered by the awards, which are up to $1,200 each, $200 more than in previous years. Since scholarship deadlines are four months prior to the start of a meeting, it is strongly recommended that candidates begin the application process as soon as possible. All that is required is submission of an abstract and mentor verification of student/postdoctoral status. The deadline for our October 2010 meeting in Seattle on 'Immunological Mechanisms of Vaccination' is June 28, 2010, and other deadlines begin September 14 for our meetings in January 2011.

There are several career-enhancing opportunities for attendees of our meetings, including the chance to engage and network with world-class scientists, obtain mentoring regarding career decision-making and career path progression, and learn how to network effectively. Our 2010-2011 meeting season schedule can be viewed at, where you will also find important deadline dates and up-to-date information about individual meeting programs.

For more information on general scholarships, visit and for more information on Underrepresented Minority Scholarships, please visit We also invite you to read about our diversity initiatives at
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