AbGradCon 2018 Application
AbGradCon 2018 will be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta from Monday, June 4th to Friday, June 8th.

All submissions will be considered for one of a limited number of speaking slots unless you specifically specify 'Poster Only' on your submission. Speaking slots are limited, and will be chosen to provide a broad overview of the conference topics. All abstracts not selected for talks will be presented as posters, for which 'Lightning Talks' may be available. Topics to be covered include, but are certainly not limited to, astrochemistry, exoplanet research, education and outreach, planetary science, geobiology, computer science, and aerospace engineering. Any work that is applicable to astrobiology (broadly defined) is welcome. In addition to the stated conference agenda, public outreach activities will be held throughout the week.

AbGradCon can provide funding for a limited number of participants. The total cost of attendance is expected to be ~$700, which includes registration, lodging, and meals, but not airfare. Please indicate whether you can provide funds in support of your attendance, if accepted. More information about the conference can be found on our website, www.abgradcon.org.

Abstract submission closes Monday, February 5th. If you are unsure about whether or not your abstract was submitted, please email abgradcon@gmail.com BEFORE re-submitting your abstract.

In addition to the conference, the Proposal Writing Retreat will run from June 1st to 4th. The Proposal Writing Retreat is an independent training workshop that brings together early-career astrobiologists from diverse academic backgrounds for an intensive three-day collaborative proposal writing experience. The central objective for workshop participants is to create an original proposal on a topic relevant to the current state of astrobiology research, which must be presented to a body of peers. Participants are encouraged to use the workshop as a forum for exploring creative and original research topics. The workshop culminates in a peer-review panel discussion on each team's presented work, leading to a final anonymous vote on the best proposal.

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What is your degree status? *
What is your expected graduation date, or when did you graduate? *
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Can you supply some of your own funding? *
Some preference will be given to those who can supply their own funding, as AbGradCon's is limited.
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Have you attended AbGradCon in previous years? *
Which is your first choice, presenting a talk or a poster? *
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Outreach
Are you or will you be working with an undergraduate student before AbGradCon? *
Would you be interested in helping your student prepare a poster for the undergraduate poster competition taking place at AbGradCon 2018? *
How did you hear about the conference? *
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Proposal Writing Retreat
The 2018 Proposal Writing Retreat (PWR) will precede AbGradCon 2018. The location of the PWR workshop has yet to be determined, but will be close to the city of Atlanta.

The Proposal Writing Retreat is an independent training workshop that brings together early-career astrobiologists from diverse academic backgrounds for an intensive three-day collaborative proposal writing experience. The central objective for workshop participants is to create an original proposal on a topic relevant to the current state of astrobiology research, which must be presented to a body of peers. Participants are encouraged to use the workshop as a forum for exploring creative and original research topics. Participants will generate ideas, compose a scientific justification, and learn the intricacies of proposal writing including budgets, overhead, data management and personnel allocations. The workshop culminates in a peer-review panel discussion on each team's presented work, leading to a final anonymous vote on the best proposal.

The prior workshops (as the Research Focus Group) produced several original research ideas. Highlights include: work leading to a successfully funded research grant through the NAI director's discretionary fund (Proposal Title: Perchlorate, Water and Life: the Geomicrobiology of Mars Analog Soils); and an internationally recognized space policy paper proposing a METI protocol for messaging extraterrestrial intelligence (Atri, DeMarines, and Haqq-Misra, 2011).

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