Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can apply?

PhD students and Post-docs (provided no more than three years passed since completion of the PhD) are welcome to apply. For now, contingent upon sponsors, we are aiming to invite speakers from ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, PA, and NJ.

2. How quickly will I know if I am selected to speak?

Typically we will let you know 2-3 weeks after the call for applications has closed. If there are any changes to this we will let you know, or make an announcement. 

3. How long should the talk be?

The talks should be approximately 20-30 minutes in length, including time left for questions. We aim to have two speakers a session, however this is subject to change.

4. What is the audience I am presenting to? 

You will be presenting to  students (PhD and Masters) and junior Post-docs from the Wadsworth Center NYS Department of Health, and Universities and Biotech companies in the surrounding area. While they will all be in the field of Microbiology, everyone's background and expertise is different so it is a good idea to keep the talks broad and easily understandable to a diverse audience. 

5. Are my travel expenses covered?

Travel expenses to Albany and accommodation for a night, should you require it, will be provided. 

6. Is there an award for the best talk?

We are currently finalizing this years award, but so far the winner will receive a one-year ASM membership, and one ASM e-book (up to a $200 value).

7. Can I come and listen to the talks?

The seminar is open to Masters students, PhD students and junior Post-docs from the capital district area who are interested in Microbiology.

For more information you can contact us here.