National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) Application Instructions


Application to the St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) and the Future Fellow Research Conference (FFRC) is by invitation only to a select group of PhD graduate students who have either met a St. Jude recruiter or have been nominated by a faculty member from their university. To be considered for the 2017 NGSS or FFRC,please complete the application form and submit all requested supporting documentation before 12:00 noon Central Time on Monday, November 28, 2016. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered by the selection committee.

Participation in the NGSS and FFRC is limited to US citizens and permanent residents enrolled in PhD programs at institutions located within the United States. NGSS and FFRC participants in 2017 should plan to defend their PhD before July 2018, but must not defend their PhD before either symposium. Additionally, participants are required to have not committed to a postdoctoral position before the symposia dates.


Students selected to participate in either the NGSS or FFRC are required to attend for the entire duration of the symposium. Students will be assigned to an event based upon their research area. Travel arrangements for participants will be made by the St. Jude Travel Office per St. Jude travel policies. The NGSS and FFRC schedules, transportation, and lodging arrangements cannot accommodate companion travel or the inclusion of individuals other than selected participants in symposia events. Please review the NGSS and FFRC schedules outlined in your email invitation to apply, and verify that you are available to travel and participate in NGSS events any time on Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24, and in the FFRC events from Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Application Requirements

In your application, you will be required to list at least four St. Jude Faculty members with whom you would be interested in meeting during the NGSS to discuss their work. A list of faculty with research labs is available at:

Your CV and an abstract of the research you would like to present at the NGSS or FFRC must be submitted with your application. Only CVs and abstracts submitted as Microsoft Word documents will be accepted. Your CV must not exceed four pages in length. Abstracts are limited to 350 words and must contain the title and list of authors at the top of the Word document (title and authorship lines do not count towards the word limit). Abstract titles must not exceed 100 total characters (including spaces). Abstracts should not include figures.

Students selected to participate in the NGSS will be required to present a poster and give a 12-minute oral presentation on their submitted abstract. The abstract and abstract title submitted with your application will be used to advertise both your oral and poster presentation at the NGSS, if you are selected to attend. Students selected to participate in the FFRC will be required to present a poster only.

A letter of support from your thesis advisor is also required for your application to be considered. This letter must be submitted on the provided reference form and must be emailed directly from your advisor to the NGSS coordinator at before 12:00 noon Central Time on Monday, November 28, 2016. You will be asked to verify that you have sent the reference form that was attached to your email invitation to your thesis advisor, and to provide your advisor’s full name and email address on the application form.

Please be prepared to submit the above information and materials before you begin filling out the application form.