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Cash prizes available for ideas to improve research mentorship

Got ideas about how to improve mentorship in research? They could win you up to $1,900 as part of a new poster contest sponsored by the MIT School of Science and MIT Resources for Easing Friction & Stress (REFS). The Poster Contest for Mentorship in Research runs from Jan. 5 to Feb. 15 and is open to MIT graduate students, postdoctoral associates, faculty, affiliates and staff. Entries should promote good mentorship in research (broadly defined). All eligible designs will be posted on the contest web site,, and the MIT community will be able to view and vote on their favorites in three categories: best mentoring message, best visual, and best overall meme. The winners will receive $400 each. Three additional top prizes ($1,500, $750 and $500) will be awarded by a panel of judges to entries from the School of Science. The judging panel includes Janet Conrad, professor of physics; Emery Brown, professor of heath sciences and technology and of computational neuroscience; John Essigmann, the William R. (1956) and Betsy P. Leitch Professor in Residence of Chemistry and professor of toxicology and biological engineering; and Institute Professor Phillip Sharp. The winners will be announced at a gala event in March. For detailed rules and other information about the contest, visit

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