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Young Investigator Award

WE Young Investigator Awards are provided to recognize outstanding abstracts accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society. Two named Awards will be given to the most outstanding applicants; one for excellence in Clinical Research and a second for excellence in Basic Science.


  • New faculty during the first three years of appointment, postdoctoral trainees or residents (first five years), or graduate students and medical students after the first year of training.
  • Must be a presenting author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the Endocrine Society Meeting.
  • Must be a current member of WE or have a mentor who is a current member of WE. To join WE, please visit our Become A Member page.
  • Women and men are eligible to apply. 
  • Awardees from the last year’s WE YIA and this year’s winners of Endocrine Society travel awards are not eligible for the current year.
  • The Janet W. McArthur and Neena B. Schwartz awards are selected from the applications for the Young Investigator award, thus, the application process is the same as for the Young Investigator awards.

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Application Process [NOT YET OPEN FOR 2021]: 

The following material is required as a single PDF file, in the following order:

  1. Completed application form – “Young Investigator Award Face Page” 
  2. One page biosketch, including publications
  3. Copy of abstract(s) accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society
  4. Supporting Letter
    • Trainees: Applications from students or postdoctoral fellows must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the faculty sponsor (one page maximum). The sponsorĀ“s letter should discuss the merits of the applicant and indicate what other travel funds are available. Each sponsor may nominate only one candidate per year.
    • Junior Faculty: Applicants who are beginning faculty should send a letter of application, explaining the need for this support and how it will benefit their career.

PDFs should be named as follows “[your last name], [your first name], YIA 2020” 

Please send application materials by e-mail with PDF attachments by the EXTENDED deadline of Friday February 21, 2020 to the chair of the WE Awards Committee, Lori Raetzman, PhD via email raetzman@illinois.edu

Please do not send the application in a password protected email. Applications that are not in the correct format will not be accepted.

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