The membership of the Perinatal Research Society is comprised of equal numbers of independent investigators engaged in research in Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology or Basic Sciences disciplines. We invite applications for Full Membership from those who are currently established as independent researchers in these three disciplines. Full details of the nomination process are given below.
The Society is also committed to the training and development of Young Investigators and Early Career Investigators who are committed to a research career and are making the transition from mentored trainee to independent investigator. We invite applications from such Early Career Investigators for Associate Membership of PRS. Full details of the nomination process are given below.
Why become a member?
Our meetings are run in the style of a retreat and rarely exceed 150 attendees. We also make a point at our meeting of not having trade shows or poster sessions, and the focus is on high level research at the cutting edge. As such, and regardless of Full or Associate Membership, as a member of this Society you will be able to discuss the field at the highest level, and in the break periods and evening sessions both make and maintain connections to leading researchers in the field of Perinatal Research.
For Associate members in particular there is the added benefit that PRS Full members are actively engaged in NIH or international equivalent grant funded research and often sit on the associated grant agency review panels. This combined with the career development opportunities are available for Young Investigators and Early Career individuals through the NIH/Abbott Nutrition Grant Writing Workshop make PRS an ideal environment to develop the research and administrative skills and understanding necessary for career success.
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To determine whether an individual should be considered for the Full versus Associate Membership category we have created the following guidelines. Very generally, if you mostly direct your own research, then you are independent and should be a Full Member. If you take direction mostly from mentors then you should be an Associate Member.
More specifically, characteristics of successful applicants for Full Membership include evidence of independence as indicated by SOME of the following (not all, or even a majority). We recognize that many very well qualified individuals may only have a few of these categories apply to them.
- Faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level or higher.
- Peer reviewed publications with authorship reflecting critical performance of the work or critical oversight of the project and trainees involved with the project.
- Actively seeking independent project level grant support (R01 or equivalent), including evidence of grant submissions that are not necessarily funded.
- Invited reviews, chapters, and commentaries.
- Invited lectures outside of the applicant’s institution.
- Collaborations outside of the applicant’s institution.
- Participation in grant reviews outside the applicant’s institution, journal article reviews and journal editorial positions.
- Leadership in other academic societies.
- Leadership within their own university.
- Successful mentorship of younger investigators.
- Evidence of active participation in the PRS:
- Associate member status
- Participation in the pre-meeting grant-writing program.
- Attendance at the meetings as a guest or speaker.
- PRS Award recipient.
In order to be considered for membership, applicants must submit the following directly to the PRS as either a word or PDF document at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CV and a letter of application including your academic degree, current academic title, institution, full contact information and detailed information regarding your qualifications to apply for membership status. Please include the track you are applying for and the level of membership
- Tracks: Basic Science, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics
- Membership Level: Full Member, Associate Member
- The PRS will confirm receipt of your application within 1 week.
It is anticipated that those individuals will have a faculty appointment and be at least at an assistant professor or associate professor level. It is also anticipated that they have embarked on a productive research career, as evidenced by their contributions to peer review journals. Although extramural grant support is not a prerequisite to membership, this form of peer review is considered one more example of an individual's recognition in the academic community as a productive and independent research investigator. Submission of an independent research award as the principal investigator that has yet to be funded, plus a track record of publications suggesting a move towards independence, are the most typical positive indicators we seek. Such grant applications and awards could include federal or private (foundation/society) sources. Consideration for Full Membership would be made on the basis that a clear commitment to obtaining funding and developing independence be demonstrated.
Full Membership Requirements
- Members are required to pay US$125 in yearly dues.
- Members are required to attend 2 out of every 4 meetings. International members (individuals residing outside of Canada or the United States) are also expected to attend two out of every four meetings. An excused absence can be requested by email to the Secretary/Treasurer before the meeting date.
- There are two categories of Full Membership based solely on the age of the member.
- The first is denoted as a "Regular Member." The upper age for a Regular Member is 55 years old. After a member turns 56 years old, they automatically transition to the second category of Full Membership, the "Senior Member" category.
- Individuals of any age can be admitted into the Society and after acceptance will be denoted as a Regular Member or Senior Member based on their age.
- Per our by-laws, the only difference between a Regular Member and Senior Member in terms of responsibilities and privileges related to the Society is that only Regular Members may run for PRS office.
- Both Regular Members and Senior Members are expected to pay dues, attend two out of every four meetings, vote, bring guests and trainees to the meeting, nominate individuals as new members, and nominate individuals for our various Award and Young Investigator Programs.
- Because of the two different categories of Full Member, the Secretary Treasurer is required to maintain a record of the birth year for all Members.
- Participation in Perinatal Research Society annual meetings is viewed as central to the mission of the Society. Those individuals accepted into membership are expected to commit themselves to attending two out of four meetings in any given four-year period.
It is anticipated that applicants who apply for Associate Membership will be Senior Fellows or Junior Faculty who may not have independent funding, but demonstrate a commitment to research in reproductive sciences. While support by an individual training award (e.g., mentored award) provides clear evidence of commitment to a research career, it is not required. Associate members will participate in annual meetings but remain non-voting members of PRS and cannot hold a position on Council or as President/President Elect until achieving Regular Member status. They are, however, encouraged to attend the annual business meeting as a way of becoming more familiar with the society. They also can bring guests and trainees to the meeting, nominate individuals as new members (Full or Associate), and nominate individuals for our various Award and Young Investigator Programs.
Associate Membership Requirements:
- Associate Members will be required to pay yearly dues of $50.
- Associate members will be required to attend 2 out of 4 meetings similar to Regular Members and are strongly encouraged to use the society to learn and further their early career through interaction with the Council and Regular Members.
- Status as an Associate Member will run for 5 years, after which it would be expected that an Associate Member be considered for Full Membership. After this 5 year period, the Secretary Treasurer will contact the Associate member to request a CV and share it with Council, in order to determine if the individual should be considered for Full Membership or continue as an Associate Member. Alternatively, nomination to Full Membership status can be done at any time within the 5 years with the support of a Full Member.