Seventh Annual Symposium

Seventh Annual Symposium

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Connections program and Princeton University, our symposium host institution, is excited to announce its Seventh Annual Symposium, June 12-14, 2013, in Princeton New Jersey.

The Symposium aims to increase the visibility and enhance the skill sets of New Connections grantees and potential applicants. Applicants to New Connections are early to midcareer researchers from historically underrepresented groups.

Meeting Highlights and Activities

The New Connections Seventh Annual Symposium will begin on Wednesday, June 12, with registration and opening reception at the Hyatt Regency Princeton Hotel. The Sympsium will continue on Thursday morning on the campus of Princeton University and conclude at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Friday afternoon, June 14.

The Symposium will serve as a forum for early and midcareer researchers to network, share research ideas and hear from senior researchers and mentors.

Co-chairpersons for this year’s Symposium are Dr. James Jackson, Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Director of the Institute for Social Research, all at the University of Michigan; and Dr. Debra Joy Pérez, Interim Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Symposium agenda includes an address from Dr. James Jackson, a variety of scientific and professional development sessions, a special presentation by Princeton University, a RWJF information session on grantmaking, a poster session featuring New Connections grantees/alumni, and an Awards Recognition ceremony.

On Thursday evening, June 13, a networking reception and “Speed Mentoring” event will be held where select Symposium participants will be able to receive advice from senior researchers. “Speed Mentoring” sessions will be 15 minutes each, and participants may have access to up to 4 sessions. Due to the limited number of seats, participants will need to apply for a space as indicated in the Symposium application.

Participation in the Symposium is by invitation only with priority given to those not having the opportunity to participate in prior New Connections events. Persons completing an application to attend the Symposium will receive notification indicating their status by Monday, April 29, 2013. Those selected to attend will be eligible for a travel stipend to cover most of the expenses related to attending the meeting.

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