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The Mission of the ECI Interest Group:

The Early Career Investigator (ECI) interest group, established in 2016, has been formally incorporated to the RRS Society. RRS wants to connect ECIs with each other as well as mentors of the Society, hear their experiences, and encourage their research programs.

Can you help RRS shape the future?

Find a home in our Society and encourage others through your experiences. In addition to full membership benefits, ECI participants will help guide:

  • Year-round education
  • Educational resources for both large and small labs
  • Connect to career opportunities
  • Community to support and mentor others
  • Have opportunities to speak or chair at the annual meetings
  • Participate in exclusive ECI events at the annual meeting

Furthermore, there is an opportunity to apply for and utilize a travel award to off-set the costs incurred to attend the RRS Annual Meeting.

Qualifications For Interest Group Acceptance:
In order to apply you must be a Full or Sponsored Faculty Member of RRS in good standing.
Submit your application for review by clicking on the link below:

Chiara La Tessa on the Early Career Investigator Group

Travel Awards:

The travel awards are designed to offset travel and registration fees, recognize the importance of the awardee's scientific contributions, and encourage participation of ECIs at the Annual Meeting. The number of available ECI travel awards are limited, per year, and the amount is up to $800.00 (depending on the availability of funds). The selection of the award recipients shall be based on an evaluation of each applicant's funding needs, as identified on the application, and quality of abstract reviewed.

The Criteria for Travel Award Consideration Include:

  • Applicants with independent labs will be given priority for ECI travel awards, but other ECIs are still encouraged to apply.
  • Must be a Full RRS member, in good standing, or have membership pending.
  • Travel Award application must be completed and approved by the ECI Interest Group Leader.
  • Applicant must submit an abstract via online submission by the appropriate deadline.
  • Applicant must provide name and contact information for 1 reference.

2019 ECI Travel Award Winners and General Poster Notifications Will be Sent on/around Wednesday July 10, 2019. 
To view the list of 2018 ECI travel award winners click Here.
Please contact Audrey Rinehart with questions at or by phone 1-877-216-1919.

2019 RRS Annual Meeting:
If you plan to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, there will be specific events designed to maximize your opportunities to network with other ECIs and the Interest Group Leaders. Please continue to watch your inbox for notifications and check back to this ECI group page for updates! If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact RRS Member Services/Association Manager, Audrey Rinehart (, 1-877-216-1919).

Not a Full or Sponsored Faculty Member? Contact for assistance.

Have additional questions about ECI membership? Contact Chiara La Tessa at

Who Are The ECI Leaders?

Chiara La Tessa, PhD Jan Schuemann, PhD Charles Maitz, PhD Nicole Simone, PhD

Jeffrey Willey, PhD David Yu, PhD Janice Zawaski, PhD  
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