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SRS Undergraduate Trainee Travel Award Offered for SLEEP 2014

Sleep Research Society
Friday, October 11, 2013

The SRS will offer up Undergraduate Trainee Travel Awards for SLEEP 2014.  Undergraduate Trainees who are members of the SRS may apply.

To apply for the Undergraduate Trainee Travel Award, applicants must submit the following materials and must address each of the topics listed below:

        1. Applicant CV: Including current mailing and e-mail address (preferable), relevant employment history, relevant undergraduate coursework, honors and awards, research experience, and publications. If the student is currently conducting an undergraduate thesis project relevant to sleep research, this should be noted.
        2. Applicant letter (maximum 2 pages): Including certification that the applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, a description of current and past relevant education, a description of current and past research activities, a description of the applicant’s future educational plans and research goals, and a discussion of how attendance at the SLEEP 2014 meeting will enhance the applicant's research and career plans.
        3. Mentor letter (maximum 2 pages): A letter from the applicant’s mentor or departmental advisor must document the applicant’s eligibility for this award (including trainee status), describe the trainee’s involvement in sleep research, and outline a specific plan for mentoring the student in sleep research activities.
        4. Undergraduate transcripts: Applicants must submit a copy of their most recent undergraduate transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable at the time of application. Official copies may be requested from the individual receiving the award.
        5. Abstract:  Applicants must submit an abstract (as either a first author or co-author) for presentation at SLEEP 2014 to be considered for this award.  A copy of the abstract should be included in the application.
        6. Optional: Sleep-related projects: The applicant may include up to 3 sleep-related projects such as an undergraduate thesis, a paper for a course, an undergraduate research project, or a scientific paper on which the applicant is an author. Each item should be labeled with the type of project, the date, and the faculty supervisor for the activity.

Complete applications submitted by the deadline will be scored based on the following criteria:
        A. Research activities and productivity to date:  The applicant's research activities, including sleep-related projects and abstracts submitted with the application, will be considered.
        B. Educational history and academic performance to date:  Undergraduate coursework, volunteer work, community service and extracurricular activities relevant to sleep research will be considered. 
        C. Future research plans: The applicant's research interests and the relevance of those interests to the SRS's mission will be evaluated. The concordance between the educational plans and the applicant's research goals will be considered.
        D. Education and Career Development Plan: The applicant's plans for training in sleep research.
        E. Mentoring plan and training environment: The mentoring plans and training environment should support the trainee's research and educational plans. This must be clearly outlined in the letter from the applicant's mentor.

Abstracts must be submitted to the SLEEP 2014 abstract website by December 16, 2013. All other components must be submitted via e-mail to the SRS Coordinator by February 4, 2014. Send complete applications, merged into a single PDF via e-mail to the SRS Coordinator at coordinator@srsnet.org. No late or incomplete applications will be considered.

The Undergraduate Trainee Travel Award will be judged competitively based on the applicant's promise for a future in sleep research. The recipient(s) of this award will receive up to $1,000 toward their travel costs to attend the SLEEP 2014 conference covered by the SRS. The total amount of the award will depend upon the number of awards given.  Award winners will be notified by e-mail. Individuals that accept these awards are required to attend the 2014 SRS-Sponsored Trainee Symposia Series held May 31-June 4, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. No exceptions will be made to this requirement. Individuals may apply for the Undergraduate Trainee Travel Award, First Time Travel Award and/or a Travel Award based on Scientific Merit; however, the applicant may accept only one of the awards.