Early Career Membership

As part of The Obesity Society’s five-year strategic plan, we are committed to growing the careers of new professionals in the field of obesity. Post-doctorates, medical residents, clinicians-in-training, scientists-in-training, junior faculty and any others who have completed a doctoral or medical degree within the past five years are eligible to become a TOS Early Career Member. Information about Early Career Member rates can be found here

TOS Early Career events at ObesityWeek

Each year at TOS's annual meeting at ObesityWeekSM, a number of opportunities for Early Career Members are provided. Below you will find a list of opportunities offered in 2016:

Early Career Academic Workshop

This free workshop provided hands-on, interactive activities to help build your confidence and skills as an early investigator. Activities included a panel presentation on grant writing with NIH staff and roundtable discussions led by TOS Fellows on topics including manuscript development, interviewing for academic positions, and work/life balance. All in academia or considering an academic path were invited.

Early Career Industry Panel

This was a discussion and Q&A with industry leaders who have successfully used their scientific and/or clinical skills to build careers in industry. The event was FREE – all were welcome.

Early Career Reception

An Early Career Industry Reception was held immediately after the Industry Panel. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres were served. Those who were interested in learning more about careers in industry had the opportunity to speak with our corporate sponsors in a relaxed setting. The event was FREE – all were welcome.

Bench to Bedside & Beyond Travel Grant

This was TOS’s all-new early-career travel grant, created to support the future of obesity research and treatment. Two winners received up to $1,000 to cover ObesityWeek expenses. Recipients were announced and honored during the Opening Session.

Early Career Research Grant

TOS offers this program as a member service to foster and stimulate new research ideas in any area of investigation related to obesity. The program targets junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees by funding proposals that demonstrate a high likelihood of resulting in new and innovative approaches in obesity research. Recipients were announced and honored during the Opening Session.

Poster Education Theater

A select group of early career researchers competed as part of a poster competition held during poster presentation times in the Exhibit Hall. Each day, the five poster abstracts among the top ranked for presentation that day were presented by the authors on stage. This opportunity gives our future leaders a chance to refine their speaking skills and give the audience an opportunity to vote on the best research. Prizes were awarded to the presentations receiving the most votes.

Early Career Grant Challenge

This competition offered an opportunity for five finalists to present their grant submissions orally during the Opening Session. Each of the five finalists received a $1,500 travel grant and free admission to ObesityWeek 2016. Finalists had five minutes to present their proposals at the session, and were judged by a panel of 4 judges, as well as the audience. The winner received $40,000.

Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award

This award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during ObesityWeek. Five finalists were selected during the call for abstracts. Each finalist received up to $1,000 to cover ObesityWeek expenses. The award was presented during a plenary session at which the five finalists were invited to present their oral abstracts. The recipient was announced at the conclusion of the session and received an additional $1,000 cash prize.

Opportunities for Early Career Members at ObesityWeek 2017 will be posted here in the Spring of 2017. 


Hear TOS leadership discuss the importance of furthering the careers of Early Career members: