SPA 2019 GUIDE TO MENTORS

Geroscience: A novel interdisciplinary approach for research on aging

SPA 2019 Poster evaluation form
SPA 2019 Project evaluation form
Group composition

  1. Interaction with students: we encourage you to take every opportunity to interact with the 35 trainees (MSc, PhD and postdoctoral students and residents), including during social events, and share your knowledge and experience during the working sessions to write a Geroscience grant application, and during informal gathering and individual meetings.
  2. Individual meetings with a student: a paper schedule will be available in advance at the table of Ms Iacono and Auclair to register. Two formal periods will be available: 1) during the breakfast (08:30-09:00 on May 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2) 20:00-21:30 on May 27, 28 and 29 (possibly on May 30 if needed).
  3. Working sessions to write a Geroscience grant application: each mentor will be responsible for a group of 6-7 trainees. Based on the various conferences, publications sent to trainees, description of the CIHR Geroscience demonstration grant program and other lectures during the week (e.g. CCNA and CLSA platforms), each group will create a research project with the objective to submit a CIHR Geroscience grant application, on the format of the scientific one-page summary of the project. Members of each group will present the summary as a 10-min ppt followed by a 5-min question period.
  4. Evaluation mechanisms and prices: posters and Geroscience grant applications (summaries and oral presentations) will be reviewed by the trainees. Prizes will be awarded Friday May 31 before lunch. Poster evaluation criteria:
    • Quality and pertinence of information (10/30)
    • Graphical quality (10/30)
    • Innovation (10/30)
    Project evaluation criteria:
    • Quality of the research proposal and proposed plan (10/40)
    • Potential for the creation of new knowledge on the relationship between mechanisms in the biological processes of aging and the development of chronic conditions (10/40)
    • Originality of the proposed research (including hypotheses/research questions addressed, methods and data analysis) (10/40)
    • Oral presentation (10/40)
  5. Panel with mentors, May 30: From student to independent researcher – tips to success. Each mentor will present himself (3 min: training, present position and research program). Then P Gaudreau will ask you to give the trainees your recipe to success as a young researcher. Then, the trainees will ask various questions.
  6. Questions/comments/suggestions: pierrette.gaudreau@umontreal.ca.