Young Biomaterials Scientist Group

The Young Biomaterials Scientist group has a number of activities planned for the 2017 SFB Annual Meeting:

  • Thursday, April 6th: Happy hour networking event: We will be hosting a Young Biomaterials Scientist group kickoff event. Please note this on your calendar if you are interested. Members will be contacted with additional details prior to the event.
  • Friday, April 7th: Student professional development luncheon titled "Navigating Life as a Young Academic: Preparing for Academic and Industrial Careers" will be held from 1-2 pm. This is a ticketed luncheon for students with a presentation by Randall Ribaudo, co-founder of SciPhD. Topher Gehrmann has been instrumental in helping organize this event. Make sure you register for the luncheon when you register for the annual meeting.
  • Friday, April 7th: STAR Award poster tour: A group of 3-4 faculty will visit each of the posters selected for a STAR award during the second scheduled poster session from 2:15 - 3:45 pm. We're expecting to tour about 10-15 posters, speaking and taking photos with each of the award recipients. If anyone is interested in helping with this, please contact
  • Saturday, April 8th: Funding Tutorial: A tutorial titled "Navigating funding from the NSF & NIH" to be run from 10:15 am - 12:15 pm. David Rampulla (Program Director, NIH NIBIB) and Joseph Akkara (Program Director, NSF DMR Biomaterials) will be answering questions and providing insight the types of projects that tend to review favorably within their respective programs.
  • Conference promotion on social media: We will be actively promoting social media (primarily Twitter) as a means to promote and capture real-time conference excitement. This is something that everyone can help out with. We suggest using  #SFB2017 hashtag and @SFBiomaterials.
  • Community page for group discussion: In addition to helping get the word out about this new group through SFB emails, a community page has been set up on the SFB website for discussions.

Want to Join the Young Biomaterials Scientist Committee? This new group will provide a melting pot for career development ideas, where senior members guide grads, postdocs, and junior faculty on the path towards impactful research and outreach, fulfilling an unmet need within the Biomaterials community. If you are just starting out in your career, <10 years from terminal degree and want to be part of this exciting new group, please contact SFB headquarters at