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Program Details

Overall Program Goals
  • Build foundational leadership skills in early career scientists from traditionally underrepresented groups to empower them to assume leadership roles through their professional career.
  • Establish and develop a strong and diverse network of STEM leaders with top credentials.
  • Develop an individualized professional plan to achieve your career goals with action steps and a timeline.
  • Connect participants to Lockheed Martin opportunities.
  • Personalized Leadership Development Plan.
  • Digital Badge (Certificate of Participation) that can be displayed on LinkedIn.
  • Communications: Effective and assertive communication techniques, how to influence others, giving and receiving feedback, and understanding your learning style.
  • Working with People: Empathy, networking, team and power dynamics, managing up, and team-building.
  • Conflict Management and Emotional Intelligence: Conflict resolution, diverse teams, and implicit bias.

  • Applicants must be actively engaged in STEM research. Students from the following fields are strongly encourage to apply:
    • Software Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Data Sciences
    • Computer Sciences
  • Applicants must be pursuing a PhD or MS in a STEM related field. Exceptional senior undergraduates with at least two summers of research experiences will also be considered.
  • Applicants from underrepresented minority groups (Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black, and Native American/Pacific Islander) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Selection Criteria

The criteria by which the application materials will be evaluated are:

  • Leadership potential
  • Academic status
  • Presentation of requested support documents

Application Guidelines

1. Interested students should submit an application at this link on or before August 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST). Link to the application form:

2. All the required documents (parts A–D) should be submitted by the deadline. Please be aware that the résumé/CV (D) needs to be uploaded into the online portal.

3. The letter of recommendation (part E) should be sent directly by the person who is endorsing the student to:

4. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

5. Notices of acceptance/rejection will be sent by e-mail to the applicant by the last week of July.

What are the Application Materials?

A. Leadership Essay (300 words): Answer the following questions in an essay.

  • Describe examples in your current position where you have demonstrated leadership.
  • Describe a scenario where you were not an effective leader and describe the lesson(s) you learned from this experience.

B. Statement of Purpose (300 words): Include answers for the following questions in your statement of purpose.

  • What does Leadership mean to you?
  • What do you expect to learn at SALT?
  • Please describe your professional vision and how you plan to get there.

C. Candidate Bio (Max. 150 words): Brief bio that includes education, interests, and professional goals.

D. Résumé (Max. 2 pages): Include your current CV/Résumé for this application.

E. Letter of Recommendation

  • The letter of recommendation should be submitted to by August 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST).
  • The letter should address the following question: What skills make the candidate a potential leader?

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Yaihara Fortis-Santiago at

SALT Application for Atlanta

1. What is in the application?
The application includes a Statement of Purpose (max 300 words), a Leadership essay (max 300 words), a Candidate Statement (max 150 words).You can find the application here.

2. Does the recommendation letter have to be written by my Principal Investigator?
No, the recommendation letter can be written by a professional that can attest to the attributes that make you a great candidate and leader for this unique Leadership Training opportunity.

3. Is there an application fee?
No, SALT does not have an application fee.

4. When will I be notified about my application status?
We expect to notify all applicants of their status by the last week of July.

5. Who will review my application?
Each complete application will be reviewed by two professionals in the STEM fields, who are currently pursuing a variety of science careers.

Eligibility for Participation in SALT

6. Is a PhD degree required to apply?
No, SALT is designed to include students currently pursuing PhD or Master degrees in the STEM fields.

7. Are undergraduates or master's students allowed to apply?
Yes, exceptional senior undergraduates that have completed at least two summers of research experiences in a STEM field are eligible. Masters students that are actively engaged in STEM research are also eligible.

8. Are postdocs eligible to apply?
No, SALT is designed for current graduate students and senior undergraduates in the STEM fields.

9. Can non-US citizens apply for SALT?
Yes, SALT will accept applications from both non-US citizen students and US citizen students.

10. Are students from outside of Atlanta eligible to apply for SALT?
Yes, students from other states that meet all the criteria stated above are eligible to apply. However, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover expenses related to travel, and local transportation incurred by participation in SALT in Atlanta.

11. I was part of a previous SALT program. Am I eligible to apply?
No, previous SALT participants are not eligible to participate in SALT for a second time.

SALT Program

12. If selected, am I required to attend every day?
Absolutely, yes. You are making a commitment to the New York Academy of Sciences to be present during the 3.5 days of SALT. This year's program dates are September 14th to 17th, 2017.

13. When do sessions start and end?
SALT sessions will start every day at 8:30 AM and will finish by 6:00 PM. Except on Thursday, session will start at 6:00 PM and finish by 10:00 PM.

14. When does the last session end?
The last session will end on Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

15. Are meals provided during SALT?
Yes, SALT participants will get a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks every day. Dinner will not be covered by the program.

16. Will the New York Academy of Sciences covers my commuting fees?
No, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover commuting fees or transportation costs associated with participating in SALT.

17. Will the New York Academy of Sciences provide for my travel expenses?
No, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover travel expenses for SALT participants.

18. Will the New York Academy of Sciences provide lodging?
Yes, the New York Academy of Sciences will cover lodging expenses for SALT participants. Lodging will be provided for 3 nights. Lodging is optional, but is strongly encouraged.

19. Is there a cost associated with SALT that has to be covered by the participant?
There are no fees associated with applying or participating in SALT. However, the New York Academy of Sciences will not cover travel, or fees associated with commuting and transportation to SALT in Atlanta.