What is the award?
I received the Young Investigators Colloquium Scholar, American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Annual Meeting 2016 in Denver, CO. The award includes a reception for Scholars and Mentors, participation in the Colloquium, waived registration to the APS conference in both 2016 and 2017, and travel funds to attend APS 2016.
What is the award for?
“The purpose of this half-day Colloquium is to foster the development of innovative and impactful psychosomatic research by bringing together the expertise of senior APS mentors with the cutting edge research ideas of postgraduate trainees (i.e., physician fellows, residents and postdoctoral fellows) who plan to obtain faculty positions and do research. This year's Colloquium will take place on March 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. During the program, 25 Young Investigator Colloquium Scholars will receive constructive feedback on their proposed work from 10 senior Mentors, hear an expert lecture on succeeding in academia, form bonds with senior mentors and network with other young investigators and the esteemed faculty.” – from the American Psychosomatic Society's Website about Young Investigators
What did you do to get this grant? What steps did you take and what did you achieve?
This application was very competitive. The whole process includes the submission of a CV, a one-page summary of the proposed work, and a brief Candidacy Statement. My proposal is an extension of the Kaiser project in a Veteran cohort; “Interpersonal Violence, PTSD, and the Menopause Transition: A Proposed Study of Women Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration.” My candidacy statement described my personal views of APS and what an organization like APS can do to foster the development of young investigators interested in careers in psychosomatic medicine research.
What does receiving this award mean to you?
APS has been my research home and inspiration throughout graduate school—being recognized by this body means a lot to me. This award also offers an amazing opportunity to connect with rising stars and established investigators in my field, while getting constructive feedback on my grantsmanship and research ideas from a team of experts.