Applying to the Early Career Committee

To apply to the Early Career Committee (ECC), you must provide a CV, a cover letter, and a reference letter from a mentor or peer. The cover letter should outline your interest in joining the committee, the qualities that make you an outstanding candidate, and your willingness to commit to attendance at one AHA conference (Vascular Discovery or Scientific Sessions) each year at minimum, and ~3 hours/month (average) to ECC activities. If you are a postdoctoral fellow, your mentor’s letter should state their support (financial and otherwise) for the time and travel commitments. Applications are due each year by the last day of February. New members will be notified in May for appointment on July 1. The ECC strives for geographical, gender, and ethnic diversity and encourages candidates of all backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Early Career Committee Information


  • Involve trainees/postdoctoral students/recently trained individuals in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council activities.
  • Expand the diversity of the council.
  • Identify early career council members from diverse backgrounds to participate in other council committees.

Committee Membership

The committee is comprised of:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Up to ten members

Selection of Members

Members shall be chosen using an application process, facilitated by a small task force from the Nominating Committee. The applicant will provide:

  • Personal letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • CV

Call for applications occurs in the spring each year, and application information will be made available closer to that time.

Terms of Service

  • Two-year terms
  • Staggered terms for continuity

Member Commitment

The committee shall meet via teleconference three to four times per year, and will meet face-to-face at the ATVB spring conference. The time commitment will vary, but should not exceed an average of one to three hours per month. Special projects may require an additional time commitment.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Serve on other AHA ATVB Council committees.
  • Serve as a liaison as needed to other AHA councils’ committees.
  • Pursue activities that benefit early career persons at various levels. Examples:
    • Develop a Web site within the main council page devoted to trainee issues.
    • Mentor trainees.
    • Provide early career development support.
  • Help facilitate Early Career events at the annual ATVB spring conference and the annual networking reception held during Scientific Sessions

Benefits of Participation

  • Become familiar with AHA leadership structure and activities of the council at an early career stage.
  • Develop a credential for career advancement.