SITC Sparkathon candidates applied by completing the electronic application. Applications were due by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 19. Candidates are selected on a competitive basis by a dedicated review committee. A balanced cohort with diverse representation across institutions will be a primary consideration during the selection process.
Emerging Leaders must be a SITC student member in good standing, or a SITC regular member in good standing who has received their PhD within the last eight years or their MD within the last twelve years. It is desirable for applicants to have had some involvement with SITC; for example applicants can have received a SITC award or fellowship; submitted an abstract; attended a SITC educational event such as an Annual Meeting, interim workshop or collaborative program; created or updated their profile on the SITC Connect website, posted on a discussion board on the SITC CONNECT website; utilized SITC’s online resources; provided feedback to SITC in some way such as responding to a survey; etc.This is not an exhaustive list.
Must complete and submit an application by June 19, 2017. Complete applications will consist of a cover letter, personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, a signed letter of support from a supervisor/institution representative and a CV. Review the complete application requirements and review criteria at the end of this document.
Must be available to attend the in-person retreat (8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28 – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in Chicago). SITC will arrange participants’ complimentary hotel accommodation, will provide reimbursement for participants’ travel and meals, and will provide complimentary registration to the 33rd Annual Meeting.
Must have commitment from employer to support your salary for duration of program, to support your time commitment requirements and to support cross-institution collaboration.
Preference will be given to applicants who reside in and are employed at an institute located in the United States of America. A limited number of international applicants will be accepted to participate in the first Sparkathon.
To ensure active participation by all participants, a tracking tool will be used to monitor number of entries to the online discussion board, submission of monthly reporting form, and time log for the duration of the project.
Time requirements are as follows:
Professional, responsible, ethical behavior is expected from participants throughout the SITC Sparkathon project. With regard to the SITC Sparkathon, this includes active participation, meeting submission deadlines, being respectful and supportive of fellow members and adhering to a general code of ethics. Failure to adhere to the highest of ethical standards and other program requirements can result in possible termination from the project.
After participation in the SITC Sparkathon program, emerging leaders will come together to create an alumni network to further their project(s), to make new and strengthen existing connections and to serve as a resource for subsequent Cohorts. This network will continue to allow for new collaborations among members and, as demonstrated leaders, members may be considered for future society leadership opportunities including high profile committee and Board service.
A candidate’s cover letter, statement of purpose and CV must be uploaded to the electronic application system. A candidate’s letters of recommendation and Institution Statement of Support must be emailed from the supporters to the SITC Education Department.
This document should state briefly:
Your involvement with SITC (such as through a committee; receipt of a Presidential Travel Award or the Presidential Award; awardee of a SITC fellowship; submission of an abstract; attending a SITC educational event such as an Annual Meeting, interim workshop or collaborative program; creating or updating your profile on the SITC CONNECT website; posting on a discussion board on the SITC website; using SITC’s online resources; providing feedback to SITC in some way such as responding to a survey; etc.)
Two Letters of Recommendation
The letters should be from the program director, division or department chair, or supervisor, sponsoring the candidate for their participation in the SITC Sparkathon. The letters must clearly present:
Institution Statement of Support
The pre-crafted Statement of Support must be signed and submitted by the candidate’s supervisor or representative from their institution. The Statement of Support outlines the institution’s and/or supervisor’s responsibilities for commitment and support of:
Please instruct your supporters and supervisor/institution representative to submit their letters of recommendation and signed statement of support directly to the SITC Education Department.
This statement should specify:
Any additional information that will enhance your application and/or address the review committee’s selected review criteria outlined in section IV.
The review committee will assess the following items for each candidate but will take into account all other strengths and experiences emphasized in the applications.
The CV must include a history of applicant’s training, publications and full disclosure of all grants or awards currently received or pending.
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