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Information for Grads and Postdocs

The Three Minute Flash Talk Competition (closed - see program)

Graduate students and Postdocs are invited to submit a 3 minute video that is a Flash Talk advertisement for their poster.  These videos will be used as audition videos to select the (lucky) thirteen best.  Twelve submissions will earn invitations to present their Flash Talk directly before the poster sessions.  One submission will be used to select the Founders Award recipient who will be invited to give a full talk.

The Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.

  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.

  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.

  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.

  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs)

  • (taken from 3 minute thesis -

To be eligible the candidate PhD student or a postdoctoral fellow need only register for the meeting and submit poster abstract.

To be considered for a flash talk and/or the Founders Award presentation, submit your 3 minute flash talk video (as an mp4 file or powerpoint file with an embedded video) and CV (as a word or pdf file), by October 15 2023 to this dropbox folderPlease name each file with your first and surname (Eg. joe_blogs).

The Founders Travel Award (closed - see program)

The Founders Travel Award was created to support the participation of students and/or postdocs at the EMC. The Award is administered by the Division of Biological Chemistry (DBC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award consists of travel support up to $2,000 for one graduate student or postdoc to attend the biannual winter Enzyme Mechanisms Conference.

Special Junior Investigator Accommodations Rate

We have negotiated for a limited number of Coastal View rooms at the Naples Grande Resort specifically for graduate students and postdocs with a discounted rate of $199 per night. These will be available on a first come first served basis.

ACS Division of Biological Chemistry Travel Awards

The Division of Biological Chemistry will offer travel awards on a competitive basis for faculty at PUIs, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to attend non-ACS meetings so long as they present a poster or oral presentation on their research, and the meeting is in the area of biological chemistry or chemical biology. The selected awardees will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel and registration expenses.

Click here to apply.

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