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Symposium Trainee Awards

The National Neurotrauma Society offers two types of trainee awards to ensure that undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are given every opportunity to attend the conference and present their work.

For the purpose of Neurotrauma registration, the definition of a “Trainee” is a member/non-member delegate who meets at least one of the following criteria:

  1. An undergraduate, graduate, nurse or medical student at an internationally recognized university or college.
  2. postdoctoral student who has completed an MD and/or PhD who is currently under the supervision of
    mentor (or advisor) for the purpose of acquiring additional training.
  3. resident who is in training at an accredited or internationally recognized university/hospital training program.

Application Deadline: April 15 2021

NNS TRAINEE AWARDS

TRAINEE POSTER COMPETITION

All trainee submissions are eligible to be considered for the Trainee Poster Competition. A total of 3-5 independent judges are assigned to review and score each trainee submission. The Top 20 highest-scoring trainee abstract submissions will be featured as the finalists in the Poster Competition and featured as speaker in the second Data Blitz session on Tuesday July 13.

All Poster Competition finalists will be judged during a session on Monday. In the event of a tie, judges will refer to the original abstract scores for the tiebreaker. All judges decisions are final. All poster finalists are requred to attend the Awards Ceremony, where they will be presented with a certificate of recognition and finalist trophy. The top six highest scoring finalists will each receive one of the NNS Trainee Poster Competition Awards.

JOURNAL PUBLICATION
All accepted abstracts will be published electronically in the Journal of Neurotrauma bi-monthly issue immediately prior to the conference.

These awards recognize trainees who demonstrate scientific merit in research. A limited number of awards will be given to those trainees demonstrating merit and financial need.  Any trainee that has not received a Trainee Award from NNS in the past 2 years may apply.

Eligibility Requirements for NNS Trainee Awards:

  1. Any trainee that has not received a trainee award from NNS in the past 2 years may apply.
  2. Applicants do not need to be a member of the NNS or AANS/CNS.
  3. Applicants must be first (presenting) author of a submitted abstract.
  4. There is no limit on the number of applications from one lab, however, no more than one award will be awarded to any one lab.
  5. A trainee is defined as: an undergraduate student, graduate student / nurse or medical student, postdoctoral fellow or medical resident.

DIVERSITY GRANT AWARDS

NNS provides a limited number of trainee and diversity awards each year to ensure trainees are given every opportunity to attend the conference and present their work. Anyone who registers to attend the conference and also submits an abstract may apply for a trainee and diversity grant. Awards ($300) are based on financial need and merit.

To apply for a trainee and diversity award, you must register online, then submit an abstract in order to activate the trainee and diversity award application section. In the event your abstract is not accepted, a refund for your registration fee may be requested.

Eligibility Requirements for Diversity Awards:

  1. Any trainee from an underrepresented group/minority or with a documented disability that has not received a trainee award from NNS in the past 2 years may apply.
  2. Applicants do not need to be a member of the NNS or AANS/CNS.
  3. Applicants must be first (presenting) author of a submitted abstract.
  4. There is no limit on the number of applications from one lab, however, no more than 1 grant will be awarded to any one lab.
  5. Individuals from underrepresented groups are defined by NOT-OD-20-031 NIH's Interest in Diversity.  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for a trainee award, you must register online, then submit an abstract in order to activate the Trainee Award Application section.  Should your abstract not be accepted, a refund for your registration fee may be requested.

Step One:  Register and submit your abstract online. Then you will have access to the trainee award application form.

Step Two: Access the Trainee Award section. The online form will collect general information and request that you upload, in PDF format, the following documents (How to convert MS Word Documents to PDF Documents?):

  1. A full curriculum vitae. (Sample CV)
  2. A short narrative containing a statement about your career goals and about how attending the NNS meeting will support these career goals. (500 words maximum)
  3. Letter of recommendation from your mentor or program/department chair

Step Three: Submit online form and then view the accuracy of your application. You will be able to edit it until the application process closes.

If there are any questions about the application process, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AANS/CNS Poster Awards

  • Cranial Trauma Award
  • Spinal Trauma Award

To encourage presentation of high quality clinical research at the National Neurotrauma Society Meeting, two awards will be offered for clinical research presented by a medical student, resident, fellow, or early-career attending within 3 years of completion of their residency. The recipient must be a member of either the AANS or CNS. If the recipient is a medical student, resident, or fellow their research mentor must also be a member of either the AANS or CNS.

One award will be given for cranial trauma and one for either spine or peripheral nerve trauma however the judges reserve the right to issue both awards in either category. A cash award will honor outstanding abstracts presented as either oral posters or exhibited posters at the meeting judged on the basis of scientific merit, clinical relevance and innovation. Abstracts selected for presentation (either oral or poster) will be published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony.