Calling young scholars!

Showcase your research and practice your job talk before you take the next step in your career—DYSS is a seminar series held during the summer at the University of Washington, hosted by the graduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Who's eligible?

We welcome applications from students who are near completion of their doctorate (within 6 months), and postdoctoral scholars, who have not yet accepted their first permanent positions. Eight scholars will be chosen by a committee of UW Chemical Engineering graduate students.


All-expenses-paid (from US and Canada) trip to the University of Washington in Seattle to present a one-hour seminar on your research and meet with UW professors and graduate students. The top seminar speaker chosen by the graduate students at UW will also receive a $500 cash prize.

Application tips

A graduate student panel in the Chemical Engineering department at UW selects the speakers using criteria adapted from the National Science Foundation’s Review Criteria. Here are some tips:

  • Ensure your abstract is understandable and interesting to engineers not directly in your field.
  • Figures or images in the abstract are welcome.
  • Presentations or other activities that indicate speaking prowess are more important than low (< 2nd) author papers.
  • Personalized and specific letters of recommendation are ideal.

Important dates

May 24th — Application deadline (passed for 2017 series)
May 29th — Decisions finalized
June-August — Seminar Presentations

More info!

The DYSS summer series is in its 7th year and is nationally recognized as a one-of-a-kind platform for young researchers to shine.

A journal article on the DYSS was published in Chemical Engineering Education.

Speakers from previous years include many rising stars in research.


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