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Early Career

The Early Career program is a series of workshop-style sessions and pre-conference webinars for people in the early stages of their careers. It is intended to help guide program participants in navigating a successful career path. Topics include funding, mentorship, self-promotion, communication skills, resiliency, and time management.

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Early Career Schedule
Monday, November 13, 2023

SC Early Career Program Panel Attendee

Early Career Chair
Stephanie Dempsey, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Early Career applications open February 1, 2023.

Early Career Applications

JUL 31, 2023

Applications Close

AUG 18, 2023

Notifications Sent

How to apply

What is Early career?

The Early Career program provides a one-day series of special sessions for early-career researchers, educators, and technical professionals. This includes academic, industry, and laboratory staff and post-docs within the first five years of a permanent position. The Early Career program is available to participants by application only. The program aims to help participants secure a better understanding of the issues and challenges faced while navigating a successful research career.

Topics may include:

  • Goal Setting: Discerning, planning for, and pursuing career goals
  • Collaboration: Exploring opportunities for local and remote collaboration to increase impact and pursue career goals
  • Funding: Understanding the agencies, funding instruments, and strategies for securing research funding
  • Publishing: Understanding the landscape of conference, journal, and other publication venues, including getting involved in conference leadership or journal editorship
  • Mentorship: Understanding the difference between a mentor and a sponsor and establishing effective, long-term mentoring and sponsoring relationships
  • Science Communication: Discussing effective ways to promote research and development by communicating science to the public, as part of interdisciplinary science research
  • Time Management: Striking a balance between our professional and personal responsibilities and obligations
  • Academic Service Roles: Balance involvement in various academic service roles at one’s institution, and in conference organization, program committees, editorial boards

The program will include engaging interactive sessions aimed at helping participants develop their professional skills, as well as a strategic vision for their future.

Preparing Your application

The application includes submission of a statement (maximum 250 words) on why you want to participate in the Early Career program.

upon acceptance


Accepted Early Career participants are required to register for the Technical Program. A Workshops registration is not required. See more information at Registration.


schedule and location

Early Career sessions will be held in a workshop format on Monday, November 13, 2023, before the full SC Program begins – this allows participants to enjoy as much of the Technical Program as possible.


Early Career participants have networking opportunities throughout the day:

  • Mingling during coffee breaks
  • Speed mentoring

Submissions Closed

Create an account in the online submission system and complete the form. A sample form can be viewed before signing in.

If you have questions about Early Career applications, please contact the program committee.

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dates & deadlines

Submission, application, and nomination deadlines for all programs and awards, the housing open date, the early registration deadline, and more – all in one place.

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