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Sixth Annual New Connections Symposium

June 20, 2012

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections program is excited to announce that its Sixth Annual Symposium will be held in Princeton, New Jersey from June 20-22, 2012.

The application for this year's symposium is now closed.


The Symposium aims to increase the visibility and enhance the skill sets of New Connections grantees and potential applicants. Applicants to New Connections are early to midcareer researchers from historically underrepresented groups.

Meeting Highlights and Activities

The New Connections Sixth Annual Symposium will begin on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 with registration and an evening reception at the Hyatt Regency Princeton Hotel. We will continue the Symposium Thursday morning and it will extend through mid-afternoon Friday, June 22, 2012.

The Symposium will serve as a forum for early and midcareer researchers to network, share research ideas and hear from senior researchers and mentors.

Co-chairpersons for this year's Symposium are Dr. John Rich, Professor and Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health and Dr. Debra Joy Pérez, Assistant Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Symposium agenda includes an address from Dr. John Rich, a variety of scientific and professional development sessions, a RWJF information session on grantmaking, a poster session featuring New Connections grantees/alumni, and an Awards Recognition ceremony.

On Thursday evening, June 21, 2012 a reception will be held including a "Speed Mentoring" event where select Symposium participants will be able to receive advice from senior researchers. "Speed Mentoring" sessions will be 15 minutes each, and participants may have access to up to 4 sessions. Due to the limited number of seats, participants will need to apply for a space as indicated in the Symposium application.

Participation in the Symposium is by invitation only with priority given to those not having the opportunity to participate in prior New Connections events. Persons completing an application to attend the Symposium will receive notification indicating their status by Monday, May 7. Those selected to attend will be eligible for a travel stipend to cover most of the expenses related to attending the meeting.

Applications were accepted until 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 20, 2012. If you have any questions, please email us at

New Connections National Program Office

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