Students & Young Investigators

Are you currently a grad student, undergrad, postdoc, or a recent graduate? If so, we invite you to participate in our Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS) activities at the conference! The schedule and descriptions for each activity are listed below, RSVP today! Additionally, follow us on Twitter @SyisTermis for conference updates!

SYIS Session Co-Chairs

As a session co-chair, SYIS attendees will work with faculty chairs to run their designated scientific session at the conference. This program provides a unique opportunity for SYIS attendees to build their experience in moderating scientific sessions and network with faculty members involved in TERMIS. Sign-up via the RSVP form above!

SYIS Booth, Exhibit Hall

Stop by our booth during the poster sessions to meet our SYIS Council members and learn about our initiatives! We will also help answer any questions regarding the SYIS conference events and leadership opportunities for students and young investigators in TERMIS.

Wednesday, April 12

SYIS Social (9:00 – 10:00 PM): The SYIS Social is a welcoming reception for students and young investigators at the conference. Drinks will be provided during the event. A ticket must be purchased during the conference registration to attend.

Thursday, April 13

Student-Meet-Mentor Luncheon (11:45 AM – 1:00 PM): As the signature SYIS event at TERMIS conferences, the Student-Meet-Mentor Luncheon provides students and young investigators the opportunity to enjoy a multi-course lunch with senior faculty and scientists working in the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Mentors will include session chairs, TERMIS faculty members, and local industry leaders. A ticket must be purchased during the conference registration to attend.

FTERM Panel Discussion (1:00 – 2:00 PM): Join SYIS council members for a panel discussion with the leading scientists in our society! SYIS will moderate a panel with several FTERM members, where they will share their career experiences and offer advice to aspiring TERM scientists. Time at the end will be reserved for questions from the audience. To learn more about FTERM, please visit this link.

Friday, April 14

SYIS Career Panel (1:00 – 2:30 PM): Our annual Career Panel will include young professionals representing careers in non-academic TERM sectors, such as industry, government, publishing, or biomedical start-ups. In addition to a moderated discussion, this panel will include a Q&A portion where attendees may ask panelists about their career paths and experiences.

Biotech Facility Tour (3:00 – 6:00 PM): SYIS will partner with local biotech companies nearby the hotel to provide tours of their facilities to students and young investigators. Exact tour times and locations will be posted soon. Attendees sign-up on the RSVP to attend.

SYIS Awards

SYIS Career Development Award for TERMIS-AM Members from Latin America: The SYIS Career Development Award will be granted to two students or young investigators working in Latin American countries who have demonstrated outstanding scientific achievements. The award will provide a certificate and $1,000 travel stipend for the TERMIS-AM conference. Eligible applicants may apply by using this form. The deadline to apply is March 8th.


1.  Candidates must be students or young investigators (< 5 years from terminal degree completion) currently working in Mexico, Central America, or South America*. Students or young investigators working in Canada or the United States are not eligible for this award and may alternatively apply to the TERMIS-AM Travel Awards.

2.  Candidates must have an abstract accepted to TERMIS-AM. Candidates submitting late-breaking abstracts are eligible, but they must provide proof of their submission before applying to this award.

3.  Attendance at the meeting is required to obtain the award.

*Candidates eligible for the SYIS Career Development Award may also be eligible for the TERMIS-AM Travel Awards.

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You can learn more about SYIS by visiting here.

The definitions for a student and young investigator per TERMIS are as follows:

– Student: A student is any individual who is engaged as a graduate or undergraduate in a university or college program or as an MD resident and is actively interested in research in the field of TERM.  Students are required to provide their university ID for verification of their undergraduate/graduate status.

– Young Investigator: Young Investigators are defined as persons who are employed in the field of TERM, who have been either awarded a doctoral degree within the past three (3) years or are working as researchers and have less than seven (7) years research experience following master’s degree. Young Investigators should not hold an appointment as faculty, academic staff or group leader in a university/research institute or in industry.  Young investigators are required to have their advisor/supervisor send a letter as proof of the bona fide status of the young investigator.