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Please note: the Research Scholars Symposium will be taking place this fall even with the uncertainties of COVID-19. All accepted applicants will be able to participate virtually so please submit your applications! Deadline extended to Monday, JUNE 8, 2020!

The SDBP Research Scholars Symposium is focused on fostering high quality developmental and behavioral research through this intensive "research in progress" program. Interprofessional senior SDBP leaders will provide research mentorship to junior faculty (who have completed training within 5 years) and trainees (i.e., developmental behavioral pediatric fellows, advanced psychology graduate students who have their master's degrees, psychology interns or fellows, and nurse practitioner doctoral students) conducting research.

Deadline extended: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 5pm eastern

Up to 18 SDBP Research Scholars will be accepted into this program. Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive individualized feedback on their research in progress from senior mentors and peers
  • Learn about how to launch and maintain a research career
  • Network with senior mentors and other SDBP Research Scholars across disciplines

These Awards will be competitive and the SDBP Research Scholars Symposium committee will review all applications. If there is the option of a face-to-face meeting (in addition to the virtual meeting) applicants who choose to attend would be provided 2 nights lodging.

Please note: Scholars from the 2019 Symposium are permitted to reapply for the 2020 Research Scholars Symposium, however, no hotel lodging assistance will be provided. Repeat Scholars who resubmit will only be considered if they have completed all Research Symposium follow-up surveys that have been sent out.

New this year!
Applicants do NOT need to be current SDBP members to submit their research. Accepted applicants will be required to register for and pay to attend the entire SDBP Annual Meeting.

Scholars will be assigned to tables that include 2-3 mentors. Each scholar will be expected to present their project to their table and should be prepared to critique and offer feedback to their peers on their research in progress. (Abstracts will be sent in advance of the meeting).

Applications must include the following items:

  1. An abstract (500 word limit) that contains
    • Title
    • Study background, rationale and aims
    • Methods including overall methodology, sample, intervention (if any), assessments, planned analyses
    • Progress to date including preliminary results
    • Implications for developmental-behavioral science, practice and/or policy
    • If the research is funded or applications for funding have been submitted, please include that information with your abstract
    • References: at least 5-10 major background references that you used to develop this project (references not included in abstract word count.)
  2. Brief Candidacy Statement (250 word limit) that contains
    • Specific goals for attending the Symposium as it relates to your research
  3. Your CV
  4. Mentor Letter of Support including:
    • How well mentor knows the applicant
    • How mentor's expertise dovetails with the candidate's proposed study
    • How much time the mentor plans to spend with the candidate on this project and will it be live or distal
    • The anticipated role of the applicant in the proposed study
    • How much time the candidate will have to dedicate to the project
    • Other institutional support

Candidates must submit completed applications via the online submission program by Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 5pm eastern.

Important: If you have submitted an abstract to the SDBP Annual Meeting, this does NOT preclude you from applying to the SDBP Research Scholars Symposium, which will undergo a separate submission process as outlined on this application. .