This Travel Award is specifically for persons from Latin America (Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean).
The Americas Regional Committee (ARC) of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) announces three Travel Fellowship Awards sponsored by PMI Nutrition International, LLC-LabDiet®, Charles River’s Commitment to Humane Animal Research Through Excellence and Responsibility (CHARTER) Program, and Lab Products, Inc. One award is available to an individual from a member country of the Central American, Caribbean and Mexican Laboratory Animal Science Association (ACCMAL). These are Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Honduras. One award is available to an individual from member countries of the Federation of South American Societies and Associations of Laboratory Animal Science Specialists (FESSACAL). These are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela. One award will go to the best remaining candidate from all applicants, regardless of his or her country. Each award will sponsor an individual to travel to and participate in the national meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) to be held October 30 – November 3, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
The AALAS meeting is the largest laboratory animal science meeting in the world. It includes seminars, workshops, special topic lectures, platform sessions, and poster sessions on laboratory animal diseases, biology, experimental techniques, and animal models. The learning resources / technology center includes a variety of videos and computer based programs. Each year there is an extensive commercial exhibit which contains the latest in equipment and ancillary items for the care and use of laboratory animals.
The recipient should be a biomedical scientist, facility manager or veterinarian involved with experimental animals who is a member of his or her local or regional laboratory animal science organization. The individual should be a person with the potential to make significant contributions to the teaching, research, or organizational aspects of laboratory animal science in his or her country. Preference is given to individuals who otherwise would not have funding for international travel to a scientific meeting of this kind. Ability to speak and understand English is necessary to benefit fully from the experience.
Each award consists of a monetary award (up to a maximum of $2,000) to be used for costs of air travel, housing, and meeting registration associated with the annual AALAS meeting. In addition, a $500 honorarium will be provided for each recipient to cover costs of meals, local travel, incidentals and any other expenses. The awards will be presented at the 2016 AALAS meeting in Charlotte.
Nominations or applications should be written in English and consist of:
- A cover letter, which should include the candidate’s career goals and a statement with detailed information on the reasons why the candidate is interested in attending the AALAS Annual Meeting. This statement should indicate:
- -what he/she is hoping to gain from attending the meeting
- -how he/she would use the knowledge and experience to be acquired
- -how that knowledge would be shared (where and with whom), and what benefits will be derived.
- A curriculum vitae, maximum of 10 pages in length, with emphasis on laboratory animal science training and experience.
- Proof of proficiency in the English language.
- A letter of recommendation from the employer.
- At least one letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the qualifications and professional interests and activities of the candidate.
- A letter from the applicant’s local or regional association assuring their current membership.
Complete nominations or applications should be submitted by E-mail to the attention of:
Drs. Ekaterina Rivera and Marcus Litman
Deadline for submission of applications is May 20, 2016. The decision of the committee will be communicated by June 17, 2016.
Questions can be addressed to any of the following ICLAS Americas Regional Committee members and association contacts:
Ekaterina Rivera, Brazil, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcus Litman, Canada email@example.com
Adela Rosenkranz, Argentina (AACyTAL), firstname.lastname@example.org
Amarillys Saravia -Guatemala email@example.com>
Cecilia Carbone, Argentina, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Brayton -email@example.com
Jenny Carolina Saldaña-Uruguay firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Baamonde, Chile, email@example.com
Lázara Martinez – Cuba firstname.lastname@example.org
Liliana Pazos, Costa Rica, email@example.com
Luisa Macedo Braga- Brazil firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcelo Asprea- Argentina email@example.com
Marina Snitcofski- Argentina firstname.lastname@example.org
Micaela Rica-Chile – email@example.com
Michael Brunt- firstname.lastname@example.org
Octavio Villanueva, Mexico, email@example.com
Rafael Hernandez, Mexico (ACCMAL/ACMAL), firstname.lastname@example.org
Vera Peters- Brazil email@example.com
FESSACAL president- Alba Salvarrey firstname.lastname@example.org