Call for Proposals



Works in Progress Session
This session is designed to provide a forum for trainees and early-career faculty (within 5 years of completing training) for focused feedback and discussion about common challenges faced in the early stages of research. It is not intended for discussion of completed research projects. This symposium will be designed so that presenters can obtain feedback and learn from others about projects that are in the planning or early development stages. Discussions will be moderated by senior investigators with expertise in the topic areas of discussion. Abstracts will be selected based on how they facilitate this type of discussion.

Before you begin the submission process, please note the following:
  • Abstract submission for this session is only open to trainees and those who are no more than 5 years beyond completion of their training.
  • Priority will be given to individuals who do not have other opportunities to present at the SAHM meeting (including traditional research presentations and the mentoring forum).
  • As this is a new program this year, we have limited spaces available to maximize the benefit to the participants.  If the program is successful and well received, we plan to expand the offering next year.
Submission Dates: October 1 – October 31, 2014

Session Format
The Works in Progress session will use the Poster Symposium format. Posters will be set up and arranged in small related topic groups in the session room with author attendance and time for attendees to view posters for the first 15 minutes.  This will be followed by a brief presentation by each author (5 minutes) of research plan, progress to date, and key challenges or questions for next steps.  Attendees will then split into smaller groups based on research challenge topic areas for a moderated discussion (30 minutes).  The small-group discussions will be moderated by senior faculty with expertise in the topic area and will be attended by one or two members of the Research and Abstract Review committees. 

Submission Steps – (Download submission instructions)
  1. Page 1 - Provide Contact Information for Primary Author
  2. Page 2 - Enter a Title and Write the Abstract – Include the following sections: Purpose (describe the objectives of the study or investigation), Methods (study subjects, procedures, and analytical methods), Progress to Date (on development of the project), and Preliminary Results (if available, but NOT required for abstract submission or acceptance).  The final section is Questions for discussion:  Include up to three questions that you hope to receive feedback from the group on.  Be specific – abstracts will be selected based on how they fit into topic areas for discussion. 
  3. Maximum length is one page using 11-point Arial font and 1 inch (2.5cm) margins all the way around.  If different margins or font are used, the abstract will be converted to one inch margins with 11-point Arial font.  Only one page will be provided to the reviewers.  If more than one page is submitted, only the first page will be provided to the reviewers.
  4. Submit abstracts as instructed above to SAHM Administrator Carlie Cody by 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 31, 2014
Important Notes
  • Do not repeat author information on the second page. 
  • Be specific about the issues that you have questions about or are having challenges with.
    • Abstracts will be selected based on topic areas.  Examples of topic areas include but are not limited to:
      • Methods questions
      • Research approach questions
      • IRB questions
      • Connecting with community
Scientific Presentations: (Includes: Original research and "best practices" program descriptions for poster, poster symposia, or platform presentations)

Notifications on Scientific Presentation abstracts will be sent in early October.  

Educational Sessions: (Includes: Workshops, Institutes, SIG/Professional Development Sessions with CE/CME and SIG/Professional Development sessions without CE/CME)

Notifications on Educational Session proposals will be sent in early October.

The 2015 SAHM Annual Meeting will be held on March 18–21 in Los Angeles, CA. SAHM meetings enhance the capacity, competence and performance of health and social service professionals dedicated to improving the health of adolescents and young adults.