Events for Early Career Researchers in Soft and Biological Matter

Thu, Sep 23, 2021, 10:00 am
Graduate Students
Postdoctoral Researchers

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) of Princeton University, University of Chicago, and the University of Delaware present three independent events for early career researchers in Soft and Biological Matter

September 23-24, 2021: Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Matter (U. Chicago)

October 8, 2021: Soft Matter for All (Princeton & U. Delaware) 

November 4, 2021: Career Development Workshop. 


The Symposia are intended to promote early-career researchers in Soft and Biological Matter, and increase the diversity of researchers in the field; we particularly welcome applications and nominations of researchers from under-represented groups. Those selected to participate will receive an honorarium. No application is necessary for the Career Development Workshop, which is open to all. The selection process will be jointly coordinated among all three MRSECs such that applicants/nominees may only be chosen to speak at one of the symposia. 

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from any institution who wish to be considered for either symposium should submit the following information by August 15, 2021 to Eileen Sheu ( 

1. A Curriculum Vitae
2. A manuscript, preprint, or poster
3. A 300 word statement describing your commitment to diversity and inclusion in STEM, and how your experiences in research have been shaped by your indentity(ies)
4. Indication of which symposium you want to be considered for (may choose either or both). 

A recommendation letter from an advisor should be emailed separately to Eileen Sheu ( with the subject line "Recommendation letter for (Applicant first and last name)". Decisions will be made by September 1, 2021.