Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2006

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Fellows and New Investigators Workshop (P1)

Organizer(s) Susan Plaeger, Opendra Sharma, Chuck Hackett, Perry Kirkham and Jeffrey Ahlers
March 26—April 2, 2006
Keystone Resort • Keystone, CO USA
Abstract Deadline: Jan 27, 2006
Late Abstract Deadline: Jan 27, 2006
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 27, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 27, 2006

The Office of AIDS Research and the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Summary of Meeting:
Abstract/Scholarship Deadline: January 27, 2006
Early Registration Deadline: January 27, 2006

The Division of AIDS (DAIDS) and the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation (DAIT), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) are jointly sponsoring a workshop in conjunction with the Keystone Symposia (March 26-April 2, 2006) "HIV Pathogenesis" and "HIV Vaccines".

The objective of the Workshop is to attract basic immunologists to HIV/AIDS research. The workshop will include talks on the challenges in HIV immunology, pathogenesis and vaccine research and knowledge gaps, NIAID funding opportunities, the NIH grant process, and tips on writing a successful grant application. Pathways for career development and the most appropriate funding mechanisms for new and foreign investigators will be discussed. The format is expected to provide opportunities to network and promote collaboration with leading HIV/AIDS immunologists.

In addition, hands-on computer training sessions on HIV sequence and immunology data bases will be sponsored. A "Meet with the Experts" luncheon session, held during the Symposia will allow Workshop participants to meet and interact with Symposia speakers in a small, informal setting. The Workshop participants will have the access to entire Keystone Symposia sessions.

A limited number of scholarships up to $1500 will be available for students, fellows, and new investigators in basic immunology research outside the HIV/AIDS field. Workshop attendance will be limited to 150 participants. Registration will be on first-come-first serve basis.

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Scholarship / Award Information


Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

Application Process

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

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