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APR
APRIL 24th - LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A TALK AND TRAVEL FUNDING

While we continue to consider post-deadline applications on a case-by-case basis, no further applications for Talks or Travel Funding will be considered after April 24th. Beyond that, we will continue to consider applications for posters or general attendance for applicants that can provide full funding for themselves.

Applicants who submitted an abstract pre-deadline should expect to hear about the status of their presentation and travel funding within the next 3-4 weeks.

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APR
POST-DEADLINE APPLICATIONS FOR ABGRADCON '14 STILL BEING ACCEPTED

While the official deadline for applications for AbGradCon '14 has passed, applications will continue to be accepted for the foreseeable future. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the order they are received. An official announcement will be made once late submissions will not longer be considered.

24
FEB
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE LOGO FOR ABGRADCON '14 LOGO SELECTED

Congratulations to Yifei Wu (Tongji Univ.) and Lang Zhou (Univ. of Illinois), whose submission has been selected as this year's official conference logo! The authors have this to say about the inspiration for their design:

1. It shows the contour of the city Troy, NY, where the conference is to be held.

2. It resembles a constellation, with the background of galaxy, relating to astronomy and NASA.

3. It resembles molecular structure, or biomolecule, which relates to biology. Combining with Idea 2, it reminds people of Astrobiology.

4. Lines between dots indicate connection and communication among attendees, showing the spirit of the conference, and of the field of Astrobiology.

31
JAN
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

We're pleased to annouce that abstract submission is now open for AbGradCon 2014. Please click here, or follow the link above to complete the application.

The application deadline is 17:00 in the submitter's local time on Monday, March 31st. For more information, including funding considerations, please check out the Application FAQs.

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JAN
DESIGN THE ABGRADCON 2014 OFFICIAL CONFERENCE LOGO

It's time to get the party started with a logo competition for this year's AbGradCon. Logos should feature original content, and reflect the location (RPI, in Troy, NY) and the collaborative spirit of the field of Astrobiology (this is open to interpretation, so really, go nuts!). Keep in mind that logo submissions should be high resolution (at least 900 px wide, and be no more than 400 px tall when scaled to a width of 900 px). Submissions should be emailed to abgradcon2014@gmail.com, subject line: Logo Submission.

All submissions should be in by February 1, and feel free to post ideas or concepts to the Facebook Group!

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JAN
ABGRADCON 2014, JULY 27 - 31
TROY, NEW YORK

Calling all Astrobiology grad students and post-docs! Planning for AbGradCon 2014 is well under way. AbGradCon is a conference organized by and for early career astrobiologists, without those pesky P.I.s and professors getting in the way.

This year, the conference will be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York from July 27 - July 31.

For up-to-the minute information, please join us on Facebook via the link to the right. Connect with us on Facebook for your chance to design the AbGradCon '14 conference logo!

More information, including our anticipated funding availability and abstract submission instructions, will be coming in early 2014.