Young Scientist Award

Young Scientist Award FAQs

YSAS application deadlines
Where do I submit my extended abstract and letters of reference?
Can I enter the YSAS only or do I need to submit my work to another session?
Should my extended abstract be based on the abstract submitted for the Annual Meeting?
What should be included in the extended abstract?
How will the extended abstracts be judged?
What happens if I am not shortlisted for the YSAS award?
Can I give the same presentation in YSAS and another session?
When will the YSAS presentations take place?
How will the presentation be judged?
When will the YSAS winners be announced? 

Applicant information

YSAS application deadlines

YSAS application will close on 24 March 2017. The application for the Young Scientist Award is a two stage process so applicants will need to provide the SEB with the following information by 7 April 2017 to complete their application:

  • Extended version of your submitted abstract (one A4 page max in word document format and must follow our abstract template)
  • Two letters of reference, one of which should be from your supervisor or head of department, and should confirm your status as well as support your application.

Where do I submit my extended abstract and letters of reference?

All extended abstracts and letters of reference must be submitted by 7 April 2017 to Oliver Kingham on abstract@sebiology.org

Can I enter the YSAS only or do I need to submit my work to another session?

You can not enter the Young Scientist Award without submitting an abstract to another session running at the Annual Meeting. Your abstract can either be submitted for a poster or an oral presentation. Click here to see what sessions are taking place at this year's Annual Meeting

Should my extended abstract be based on the abstract submitted for the Annual Meeting?

Extended abstracts should be based on the abstract you submitted for the Annual Meeting. It is the opportunity to showcase and describe your research in more detail to the judging panel. 

What should be included in the extended abstract?

Please download our abstract template which details how the abstract should be structured and what should be included in the extended abstract.

How will the extended abstracts be judged?

The extended abstracts will be judged by a panel of the SEB's Honorary Officers. Extended abstracts will be marked using the below criteria so please ensure your submission takes all these points into consideration.

Scientific content (40 marks) 

  • Did the introductory sentence(s) clearly outline the nature & scope of the problem? 
  • Were the aims/questions and/or hypotheses clearly articulated? 
  • Was the approach clearly described and appropriate for the aims/questions of the research? 
  • Are the results clearly described and presented?  
  • Is the statistical analysis appropriate?
  • Is a concluding sentence provided? 

Significance of research (40 marks) 

  • How do you rate the quality of the data?
  • Does this represent a significant advance in this field? 
  • Is the significance of the research clearly stated?

Presentation quality of abstract (20 marks)

  • Does it conform to the format and style guidelines shown in the abstract template
  • Are the explanations clear and is the progression of information logical? 
  • Is there a high standard of English expression, style, spelling and grammar? 

What happens if I am not shortlisted for the YSAS award?

You will still have the opportunity to present the oral or poster presentation in the session you have submitted your abstract to.

If you have submitted for a poster presentation, you also have the opportunity to enter the Irene Manton poster prize and you can enter by submitting a PDF version of your poster to abstract@sebiology.org by 31 May 2017

Shortlisted finalists information

All applicants will be contacted in early May 2017 to confirm whether they have been shortlisted for the YSAS award. 

Can I give the same presentation in YSAS and another session?

Yes, although you should bear in mind the judging criteria when preparing your YSAS presentation.

When will the YSAS presentations take place?

The YSAS presentations will take place between 09:00 - 10:30 on Monday 3 July 2017.

How will the presentation be judged?

The presentations will be judged by a small panel of representatives from the SEB. The following criteria will apply: 

Content  (60 marks) 
  • Introduction (nature & scope of problem clearly & concisely outlined)
  • Aims/Questions and/or Hypotheses presented
  • Approach & Methodology outlined
  • Results
  • Significance of the research stated

Clarity of presentation (30 marks) 

  • Delivery (voice projection, engaging audience, professionalism)
  • Visual aids (e.g. text large enough, not cluttered)
  • Clarity of explanations
  • Timing

Ability to field questions (10 marks) 

  • Clearly & concisely answering questions raised 

When will the YSAS winners be announced? 

The winners will be announced on Thursday 6 July during the Medal and Prizes session after the Cell Biology Plenary Lecture. 

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SEB Gothenburg 2017

Gothenburg, Sweden
3 - 6 July 2017