Member Benefit: Blog Squad

Become a part of the PRIM&R Blog Squad

Are you a PRIM&R member who enjoys writing about research ethics? If so, we want to hear from you!

PRIM&R invites members who have an interest in writing about ethical issues in research to share their perspectives on the topics covered during our webinars, short-course programming, and annual conferences. These contributions are then published on Ampersand, PRIM&R’s blog, and you can share your bylined posts with your boss, colleagues, friends, and family.

We seek motivated, professional PRIM&R members who possess strong writing skills, an interest in research ethics, the ability to meet deadlines, and a knack for creativity and positive thinking to contribute posts related to the topics discussed in our conferences or webinars.

To apply

for any of the below Blog Squad opportunities, please complete the online application.

Conference Blog Squad

Members of PRIM&R's Conference Blog Squad provide an insider's view of the conferences by sharing their experience before, during, and after the meeting. Each year, we recruit new members for our annual Advancing Ethical Research Conference and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Conference.

This members-only volunteer opportunity is ideal for those with strong writing skills and an interest in sharing their insights with the research ethics community. Upcoming opportunities include:

AER19/SBER19 Blog Squad application deadline: August 30, 2019
IACUC20 Blog Squad application deadline: January 24, 2020

Individuals selected to serve on the Conference Blog Squad are responsible for writing 5-7 posts. In exchange for their contributions, they receive:

  • One complimentary registration to the selected conference
  • One complimentary registration to a preconference program at the conference of their choice
  • Official PRIM&R Blog Squad ribbons, to be worn at the meeting

To apply for the PRIM&R Conference Blog Squad, please complete the online application. In the application, you will be asked to provide a statement of purpose, brief biography, headshot, and an introductory blog post. For examples of introductory blog posts, see introductions from past Blog Squad members on Ampersand.

Please note: Blog Squad members must be available to attend the conference for which they apply. Costs related to travel and accommodations for the event are the sole responsibility of Blog Squad members and/or their organizations. All blog posts will be subject to PRIM&R staff edits to ensure consistency with PRIM&R's mission and style.

Webinar Blog Squad

Every year, PRIM&R offers a rich selection of webinars that provide timely coverage of and in-depth focus on emerging issues in research ethics. To help capture and analyze the ethical issues shared during these webinars, PRIM&R welcomes members to join our Webinar Blog Squad. Members selected to blog about a webinar will receive complimentary registration to that webinar in exchange for one blog post about a topic or issue raised during the program.

To apply for the Webinar Blog Squad, please complete the online application. There is no formal application period for our Webinar Blog Squad. Applications are accepted for all webinars on a rolling basis.

All upcoming webinars are listed on our website; if an upcoming program is of interest to you, please note this when you submit your application.

Please note, all blogs will be subject to PRIM&R staff edits to ensure consistency with PRIM&R’s mission and style.

Workshops & Boot Camps Blog Squad

Hosted around the US, PRIM&R’s Workshops & Boot Camps bring together seasoned faculty to teach some of our most popular short courses. Members of the Workshops & Boot Camps Blog Squad are tasked with composing 2–3 brief posts about the course(s) they attend to share the experience with their colleagues. Members of the Workshops & Boot Camps Blog Squad receive complimentary registration for the course(s) they select during the application process.

IRB Administrator Boot Camp Blog Squad application deadline: June 28, 2019

To apply for the Workshops & Boot Camps Blog Squad, please complete the online application. Applications for the Workshops & Boot Camps Blog Squad are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please note, all blogs will be subject to PRIM&R staff edits to ensure consistency with PRIM&R's mission and style.

About Ampersand

Ampersand was launched in the fall of 2008 and has grown into a robust source of information and commentary for the research ethics community with more than 15,000 visits annually.

Ampersand provides research ethics professionals with tools and resources to do their jobs more effectively, while connecting them to the PRIM&R community.

If you have any questions, please contact PRIM&R's marketing coordinator, Kelly Whelan.