Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Recognizing excellence in scientific research and communication from CSM-SCM postdoctoral research fellows.

Award Details

One award valued at $500 will be presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists for best oral presentation in the Postdoctoral Research Symposium.


To recognize excellence in scientific research and communication from CSM postdoctoral research fellows.


One award valued at $500 will be presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Society Oral presentation extended abstracts submitted by CSM postdoc members who are registered for “in-person registration” will be considered for the symposium competition. Please refer to the Annual Conference website for the extended abstract submission deadline. Two abstracts from each CSM section will be selected by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the respective sections based on the quality of their submitted extended abstracts (see conditions below). The three judges for the symposium will be one Chair or Vice-Chair from each of AEM, II, and MGCM sections. If any section has insufficient high-quality abstracts for the symposium, the top abstract(s) from other section(s) will be selected to ensure that six talks are included. Symposium talks will be 12 minutes, with 3 minutes for questions, allowing 6 talks within 1.5 hours. If possible, Knowles’ lab alumni will present the award at the banquet. The chairs for this symposium session are expected to be the past and current CSM presidents. The CSM Meeting Secretary will coordinate all Postdoctoral Research Symposium logistics, including handling of judges’ scores and the final decision.


To be considered for the Postdoctoral Research Symposium, extended abstracts must be submitted by CSM members who are employed as postdoctoral research fellows (or an institutional equivalent – e.g., “research associate”) at the time of abstract submission. Please refer to the extended abstract template here for layout and formatting suggestions. The research presented must be from postdoctoral research investigations only and should not include doctoral research results. The invitation extended to the selected presenter includes the presentation opportunity only. Travel-associated costs will not be covered by the CSM.

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