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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Student Scholars Program will be held virtually, more details regarding dates will be included shortly.

The Student Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for a select group of 80-100 motivated medical students, graduate students, respiratory therapy and nursing students to attend the annual ATS International Conference! Students will benefit from a specially designed curriculum to get the most out of the ATS International Conference, and will be exposed to cutting-edge science, professional education, and focused career development as part of the highly successful Student Scholars Program!

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The ATS would like to recognize the 2021 Student Scholars Program Recipients!

Please click here to view the list.



To be ELIGIBLE for this program, applicants MUST:

  1. Be enrolled in an accredited medical, graduate, respiratory therapy or nursing school.
  2. Have an interest in learning more about a medical OR research career in adult or pediatric pulmonary diseases (including processes that affect lung development, injury or repair), critical care, or sleep medicine.

The Student Scholars Program will:

  1. Provide students with specific, curated opportunities for exposure to the excitement of the scientific, translational, and clinical information presented at the ATS International Conference.
  2. Offer a compelling series of reasons for students to consider a clinical AND/OR a research career in adult or pediatric pulmonary diseases (including processes that affect lung development, injury or repair), critical care, or sleep medicine.
  3. Provide career development resources for students interested in learning more about pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine.

  • Up to 80-100 medical, graduate, respiratory therapy and nursing students will be accepted and offered FREE registration to the ATS International Conference.
  • No travel stipends will be offered.
  • Criteria for selection will be determined on a lottery basis.
  • Registration will take place through normal ATS Conference Registration using a promotion code.
  • Students who accept to be part of this program MUST be willing to do the following:
    • Sign up for pre-conference webinar.
    • Attend onsite orientation at the international conference.
    • Participate in the mandatory programs scheduled by the MITT Committee.
    • Complete pre- and post-conference evaluations as part of the program.
  • Students are also encouraged to attend key conference activities, including but not limited to the opening ceremony, keynote address, and sessions in the Center for Career Development and the Science and Innovation Center.

  • Accepted Student Scholars will be paired with an ATS ambassador for their time at the conference who will help with navigating the conference.
  • Accepted Student Scholars will meet with their ATS ambassadors during the ATS International Conference. The topic(s) of discussion with your ambassador should be determined by the student and the ambassador and can include what presentations and sessions would be best suited to the student’s interests, career advice, and topics of mutual interest.

Registration to the 2021 ATS Student Scholars is now closed. Information regarding acceptance into the course will be sent via email next week (March 8th). If you have any questions, please contact Liz Guzman at lguzman@thoracic.org.