Thank You to all the 2019 Applicants!

Thank you to all the applicants who applied for the 9th annual DYSS. Applications are now closed and the selected speakers will be announced soon.

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. As of 2019, only speakers coming from other universities will be allowed to win this 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 17 — Application deadline
June 3 — Decisions finalized
June 10 — Deadline for speakers to accept offer
June - August — Seminar Presentations

More info!

The DYSS summer series is in its 9th 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.

To apply

Please use the application form available here and submit all required materials.


Please email us!

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