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Join Us at the Junior Scholar Symposium

We held our first Junior Scholar Symposium at the San Francisco convention a few weeks ago and it was an overwhelming success! We've gotten wonderful feedback from participants and discussants - and we had a great time as well. 

First off, we want to thank everybody who took part in our 2013 JSS program - participants, discussants and chairs - while we had a vision of how the JSS could work, it was you who really made it spectacular. 

The JSS program was designed to provide an option for junior scholars to present their research in an environment focused both on feedback as well as professional development. The program also gives participants an opportunity to network with senior scholars and peers in their field. In a JSS session, junior scholars gather in small groups to share their work with one another and get feedback from great discussants drawn from ISA’s leading scholars. 

We're excited to announce that we’ll be expanding the JSS program next year in Toronto. Junior scholars (current students or those within 2 years of receipt of their PhD) who are interested in participating should submit paper proposals by the June 1st deadline. The application for JSS is not a separate submission type; just check the "Consider this paper for the JSS" checkbox when you're submitting your paper. Don't worry - the JSS proposals are reviewed before the Section Chairs get the submissions to create their own panels. If we can't find room for your paper in a JSS session, you'll go right into the normal pool of papers to be considered for traditional panels.

At the San Francisco convention, we heard many JSS participants say that they not only met good colleagues, but found many opportunities to co-author with one another. That is one of the major goals with the JSS. In a traditional panel, you will often find a great mix of scholars from different levels across the discipline. But, that can also make it harder for young scholars to really connect with colleagues. Because the JSS is focused on junior scholars, it is easier to forge relationships with people doing similar work as you, who are having similar experiences as you, at some other university. That can be a great opportunity to build professional relationships that can last for many years to come. 

If you are a graduate student or you have recently received your Ph.D., we really encourage you to apply for the Junior Scholar Symposium. This is a great opportunity to get more out of the conference than you might normally as a junior scholar on a traditional panel. 

As always, if you have any questions, ISA-HQ is here to help. Feel free to contact us and we'll try to help as best as we can.

Posted in: Annual Convention


Felix S. Grenier
Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:56 AM
Hi Andrea,
Quick question, do you accept collaborative proposals (i.e. proposals with more than one authors)?
Mike Ryckman
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:25 AM
@Felix: Definitely! The JSS proposals work just like normal paper proposals, so you can have co-authors. In fact, if we can't find a place for you in a JSS session, your proposal goes to the conference administrators along with all of the other papers - so it doesn't hurt to apply.
Stefan Renckens
Thursday, May 23, 2013 2:47 PM

Can a paper that is submitted as part of a panel proposal also be considered for JSS, and thus be presented twice? Or does the JSS paper need to be a separate paper?

Mike Ryckman
Friday, May 24, 2013 11:28 AM
@Stefan: I think the best I could say here is "sort of?"... You can mark papers submitted on a panel to also be considered for the JSS but, they won't end up on the program twice. Actually, in that case, unless there was a very compelling reason to do so, we'd probably want to leave the panel intact so that the Section Program Chairs can review it properly. But, marking some papers as good for the JSS would help for the purposes of a waiting list: if the submitted panel isn't accepted, the papers on it go into the normal waiting list with all other papers. At that point, if we had a hole in a JSS session, the paper from the unaccepted submitted panel might be considered.
Kamila Pieczara
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:36 AM
I am planning to send 2 submissions for ISA 2014. Is it o.k. to send a third proposal for the JSS? I thought to ask just in case that I have a new idea. (I am a PhD candidate). I hope to see you next year, Kamila Pieczara.
Mike Ryckman
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:30 PM
@Kamila: JSS submissions are just like normal papers. In fact, if we can't find a place for your paper on the JSS, it'll go into the normal pool with all of the other papers - before the reviewers review them. Because of that, though, you have the same limit of two papers. If you'd like to change your paper, then you can unsubmit it and re-submit it with your changes - as long as you do it before the June 1st deadline.
Mostafa Erfani
Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:06 AM
Hi. My first preference is normal panels and if it is not accepted my second choice will be JSS. What shall I do?
Also, if my paper gets acceptance in JSS, will it be treated as normal paper considering its availability on webpage, travel grant, etc?
Thank you.
Mike Ryckman
Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:21 AM
@Mostafa: Sorry, the JSS doesn't work that way. Part of the idea is to provide a special environment that's focused on Junior Scholars. Last year, we had about 1,200 requests for a spot in the JSS and were only able to take 64 papers.
Mostafa Erfani
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:04 AM
Thank you, hence our accepted paper in JSS will be treated the same way regarding to travel grant and its availability on the website? I appreciate your kind reply.
Mike Ryckman
Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:11 AM
@Mostafa: Yep, JSS papers are otherwise just like normal papers - we list them in the program and we encourage participants to apply for a travel grant.
Vladimir Diaz
Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:54 PM
Is there a cost to participate in the JSS?
Julia Bleckner
Thursday, May 30, 2013 1:05 PM
are you required to be a Phd candidate to participate in the conference?
Mike Ryckman
Thursday, May 30, 2013 2:21 PM
@Vladimir: No special costs - it's just like a normal participation - so you have to register, but otherwise, that's it... ISA takes care of the rest.

@Julia: JSS is open to graduate students through 2 years after getting your PhD... So yes, a PhD candidate is definitely welcome. In fact, senior graduate students and very recent graduates are among the best candidates. The JSS provides a lot of focused feedback - so it's helpful to have a project that you can really get into the details with... The JSS doesn't work as well for somebody just playing around with a new idea. Of course, each case is different, however.
Fernanda Costa
Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:16 PM
Hello Mike,

I was accepted to present a paper in Toronto next year. I've seen here that people have to register but the ISA would take care of all other costs. Could you please clarify if the ISA can offer the reservation at the Hotel or any travel costs.

Thanks and best regards
Mike Ryckman
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:58 PM
@Fernanda: All participants at ISA do have to register. ISA does not normally pay for any costs associated with participation in the conference - including the hotel, travel, etc. - those all have to be paid by the participants themselves. We do offer competitive travel grants for scholars and students in need of financial assistance. However, the travel grant application deadline has since past. You can find out more about the travel grants by visiting the "Grant Programs" part of the site or contacting Brittany John in our office.

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