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PRIM&R Blog Squad Application

Thank you for your interest in joining the PRIM&R Blog Squad!

PRIM&R invites motivated, professional members with strong writing skills and 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.

In order to apply, you must be a current PRIM&R member, whose membership will be active for at least two months beyond the event end date. If you are not a PRIM&R member, consider becoming one today! There are also guest blogging volunteer opportunities that do not require PRIM&R membership.

This application can be used to apply for any open PRIM&R Blog Squad opportunities. Please note that the time commitment for the Blog Squad varies based on the event being covered (i.e., one post for a single webinar vs. 5-7 for the AER Conference). We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Blog Squad guidelines for the event for which you are applying and the guest blogging terms and conditions before submitting your application. You can also explore past Blog Squad posts for an idea of what posts on Ampersand typically look like.

If you are chosen to be a Blog Squad member for the event you selected in your application, you will receive complimentary registration for that event.

If you have any questions, please contact PRIM&R's assistant director of marketing and communications, Kelly Whelan, at

*If selected for the AER, IACUC, or SBER Conference Blog Squad, or for a boot camp or workshop, your complimentary registration includes all regular meals and networking events provided at that event. For the AER and IACUC squads you may also select a complimentary preconference program. However, costs related to travel and accommodations for the event are the sole responsibility of Blog Squad members and/or their organizations.

**If you experience difficulty uploading files to your application, please fill in the rest of the information requested in the application and click submit (you'll get an error message saying your application has not been submitted, but a partial application will be filed in our system and we'll have your name and contact information on file to follow-up). You can then send the requested files (biography, introductory blog post, statement of purpose, and photo) directly to and we will add them to your partial application.

1. Contact Information *This question is required.
This question requires a valid email address.
3. Please write and upload a short biography (250 words maximum). This will accompany your posts on Ampersand and will be posted on our website. *This question is required.
4. Please write and upload a statement of purpose (500 words maximum)—let us know why you would be a great addition to the PRIM&R Blog Squad. *This question is required.
5. Please write and upload an introductory blog post introducing yourself to the readers of Ampersand and letting them know why you’re attending the event and what you are looking forward to. If selected as a member of the Blog Squad, this blog post will be published on Ampersand. See past examples here. *This question is required.
5. Please upload a writing sample. If you do not have one readily available, we encourage you to draft a mock blog post about your past attendance at an event or webinar (PRIM&R or otherwise). See past Blog Squad posts on Ampersand for reference *This question is required.
5. Please upload a photo of yourself to accompany your post(s) on Ampersand. (If you're a Blog Squad member for one of our annual conferences, this picture will also be featured in the Conference Guide and in the conference looping slides). *This question is required.
PRIM&R Blog Squad Policy: By submitting this application, you certify that you are a PRIM&R member; are available to attend the event for which you are applying; and that the information provided with this application is accurate. You also agree to the PRIM&R guest blogging terms and conditions outlined here.

If accepted to the PRIM&R Blog Squad, you are responsible for your own expenses related to travel and accommodations (for webinars there are no travel/accommodation expenses), and for meeting the responsibilities of the PRIM&R Blog Squad for which you applied.

Blogs will be subject to PRIM&R staff edits to ensure consistency with PRIM&R’s mission and style, and posting will be subject to PRIM&R’s discretion. Posts written as a member of the PRIM&R Blog Squad may be shared on other forums, but should credit Ampersand as the original source and include a link to the original post.