Are you passionate about STEM outreach? We are seeking applications from enthusiastic early career ORS members who want to assist with leading activities during the ORS Open Door 2023 event, which takes place in conjunction with the ORS 2023 Annual Meeting. Responsibilities may include moderating Q&A sessions for talks, supporting workshop activities, leading small groups, and/or helping with live polling features to engage our participants. For those new to STEM outreach, this is an excellent training opportunity where you will learn from ORS members who have been successfully engaged in such efforts throughout their careers.

Deadline for applications is now closed.

Award Details

A total of 8 awards of $375 per award are available.  The purpose of the award is to help offset travel expenses to the ORS 2023 Annual Meeting, as participants will need to arrive in Dallas by Thursday evening to be available for the start of the Open Door event on Friday, February 10, 2023.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the 2023 ORS Early Career Outreach Travel Award, individuals must:

  • Be an ORS member in good standing at the time of application from one of the following membership categories: Student, Post-Graduate Trainee, Affiliate, or Early Career.
  • Agree to participate in the entirety of the 2023 ORS Open Door event on Friday, February 10, 2023 that will run from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST, as well as online planning meetings (Zoom) in the lead-up to the event.

Application Review Process and Notification

Review of applications for the 2023 ORS Early Career Outreach Travel Award will be performed by a subcommittee of ORS members across the career spectrum (Established, Post-graduate Trainee, Early Career, Affiliate, and Student members). Decisions will be announced in early December 2022.

How To Apply

Applicants will be asked to provide your name, current academic/professional status (e.g., graduate student, medical student, postdoctoral fellow, instructor, assistant professor, etc.), current institutional affiliation, and answers to the questions below. In addition, please also upload an NIH-style biosketch or a 2 page CV. More information on preparing a NIH-style biosketch, including relevant examples, can be found here.

  1. Please briefly describe any previous STEM outreach experiences [250 Word Limit]
  2. What interests you about participating in the 2023 ORS Open Door event? [250 Word Limit]
  3. Are you planning to attend the ORS 2023 Annual Meeting? [YES / NO].
  4. Demographics information (optional; ORS members from under-represented minority backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply):
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About ORS Open Door

ORS Open Door 2023 will take place on Friday, February 10th from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM CST at the UT Southwestern Medical campus (~1 mile from the Hilton Anatole).

ORS Open Door is an outreach activity aimed at communicating key aspects of orthopaedic/musculoskeletal science to the general public. [Note: the most recent previous ORS Open Door event, held in 2020, is described here).  This year’s target audience is middle school- and high school-aged students from the local Dallas area. A particular focus of this year’s event is outreach to under-represented minorities and first-generation students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields; the demographics of the participating school districts are >60% Hispanic/Latinx and >15% African American student populations.

The overarching goal of ORS Open Door 2023 is to get students excited about the possibility of future careers in the musculoskeletal sciences, introducing them to a wide variety of professional pathways and work performed by our ORS members.  This year’s audience will consist of high school students who are uncertain about college and future career plans, and middle school students who are choosing their educational trajectory (something that takes place in the Texas school system in middle school).

The program will engage participants in presentations and activities designed to teach about potential careers and topics related to musculoskeletal sciences.  Events of the day will feature four ORS speakers presenting short talks, a discussion panel of ORS members from under-represented minority backgrounds and first generation students, and three hands-on workshops/demos. The ORS has partnered with STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) who will be providing space, A/V support, refreshments for the students (lunch), advertising, and all aspects of registration/student transportation.