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Young Investigators


The Young Investigators (YI) Program

ISRA began its YI program in 2008 to encourage and assist young scholars who are getting started or are in the early stages of their aggression research career. Previous YIs have found the program very enjoyable and helpful. The 2014 YI program includes:
  1. A Pre-meeting YI Workshop. The 2014 Workshop will focus on supportive group discussion to help YIs plan, write and/or revise grant applications in accord with reviewer criticisms. YIs are encouraged to submit their own proposals to be strengthened. Proposal presentation can be anonymous if desired. Discussion can range from specific editing suggestions to general research questions. Questions about scientific publication may also be addressed.
  2. Meet with mentors.  YIs will meet with a different panel of mentors during lunch or dinner each day for informal discussion.  Mentors will include plenary speakers who will be available for follow-up questions about their presentations.
  3. Networking.  YIs will meet with members of ISRA. They will also get acquainted with other young investigators of their generation. Mutual support and fruitful collaborations have developed out of past YI interactions.
  4. Financial support.  Meeting registration cost will be covered. Limited stipends for travel and other meeting expenses will be available to applicants accepted into the program on an “as needed” basis.


We encourage graduate students, Postdoctoral Fellows and junior faculty within 3 years of their Graduate degree to apply.

To apply to the YI Program:

  1. You must first have submitted an oral paper or poster presentation via the World Meeting submission portal. ( 

Next, please send the following materials via email to Dr. Michael Potegal at

  1. An abstract of the scientific work you would like to present at the ISRA 2014 meeting (250 words maximum). Indicate on the abstract if you prefer an oral paper or poster presentation format.  This should be the exact same abstract you submitted for presentation via the World Meeting website.
  1. A standard Curriculum Vitae
  1. A 250-word statement summarizing your research interests and how participating in the YI Program would advance your professional development. Students should include a letter from their advisor or have her/him send a letter verifying your student status. We will choose YI participants based on the originality and promise of their work in human or animal, observational, experimental or theoretical analyses of aggression.

NOTE: Submitting an application to the YI Program means that you propose to present a poster or a talk at the 2014 ISRA meeting AND that you wish to be considered for the YI Program. Poster submissions are preferred, but not required. ISRA decisions about these two requests are separate. You will be informed first about whether the abstract is accepted for presentation (most are) and then about participating in the YI Program. Deadline for YI applications is April 1, 2014.

Direct any questions about the Young Investigators Program, and submit your YI application materials, to Dr. Michael Potegal:

Direct questions about the ISRA meeting to Dominic Parrott ( or Volkan Topalli (

To find out more about ISRA initiatives to encourage Young Investigators, please follow this link.