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ABRCMS Student Travel Award

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2019

Are you an undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student and need funds to present at ABRCMS? Apply for the ABRCMS Student Travel Award! Full and partial awards will be given to outstanding student applicants. The full travel award covers conference registration, housing, and airfare, while the partial award covers one or any combination of these components.

Eligibility Requirements

 Prospective ABRCMS Student Travel Award applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, and
  • Must be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at ABRCMS 2019, and
  • Must be a matriculated community college or undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a postbaccalaureate student in a formalized program who fulfills at least ONE of the following characteristics:
    • From an underrepresented/underserved ethnicity/race in biomedical research (groups include Blacks or African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), or
    • Currently enrolled at a community college and completed at least 30 credit hours, or
    • From a disadvantaged background (from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds or from an educational environment that inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career), or
    • First generation college student, or
    • Non-traditional student (e.g. beginning post-secondary education at or after age 21, full-time employment, having dependents, taking longer than 6 years to complete a degree), or
    • U.S. military veteran, or
    • Individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities

Note: Eligible applicants cannot have travel support from any NIGMS funded programs nor be a previous ABRCMS presenter. Master's and doctoral level graduate students and postdoctoral scientists are not eligible to apply.

Application Requirements

A complete ABRCMS Student Travel Award application contains 3 parts:

  1. Student Travel Award application submission due by 11:59 PDT on Aug. 20
  2. Recommendation Form* from a research mentor, Program Director, or faculty member familiar with your research must be uploaded by 11:59 PDT on Aug. 27
  3. Abstract submission due by 11:59 PDT by Sept. 6

    *An official ABRCMS recommendation form will be emailed to your reference from abstractsonline.com on Thursday, Aug. 22. Your recommender must upload the completed form by Tuesday, Aug. 27. If you prefer, you may send the form to your recommender earlier, however the recommender will need to wait until the email is received from abstractsonline.com to upload the form. It is your responsibility to confirm with your recommender that the email with the recommendation form was received and uploaded on time. No exceptions will be made.

Review Criteria

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Academic achievement,
  2. Experience conducting independent research,
  3. Interest in biomedical and/or behavioral sciences, and
  4. Motivation to attend ABRCMS

Highly competitive applicants have the following characteristics:

  • Motivation to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD or PhD/MD
  • Strong recommendation form submitted by an individual familiar with the student's research
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Well-written and thoughtful application
  • Proven commitment to ABRCMS through participation in the ABRCMS yearlong programming

Notification

You will receive an eNotification by early Oct. regarding the final status of your application.

Requirements of Accepted Awardees

As an ABRCMS Student Travel Awardee you will be held to a high standard. Your full participation in the conference is required. Awardees are required to attend the following:
  • Pre-conference webinar on presenting an oral/poster presentation
  • ABRCMS Travel Awardee Orientation
  • Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate Student Orientation 
  • All conference sessions and activities
  • At least 9 of your peers’ poster presentations and one oral session

In addition, you must:

  • Present your poster/oral presentation at your assigned time
  • Participate in two post-conference surveys (the conference survey and one specific to the travel award program)
  • Stay for the entirety of the conference
  • Stay in assigned conference housing (if applicable)
  • Complete affirmation forms and book travel by assigned deadlines (if applicable)

Failure to complete the requirements may result in being removed from the Student Travel Award Program.

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Leah Dixon
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ABRCMS Judge Travel Award

Deadline: July 20, 2019

Travel awards are available to postdoctoral scientists and faculty members, who are active researchers, and research scientists to mentor students through participation in the ABRCMS Judging Program. First time ABRCMS judges have the opportunity to win a full or partial award to cover their participation in the conference, while returning judges have the opportunity to receive a partial award. Full awardees will be provided conference registration, airfare, and housing. Partial awardees may receive any of these components or a travel subsidy. Final award packages are determined based on the amount of revenue received at the time of the deadline.

Please note the award only funds travel within the United States and United States territories. In addition, per diems and reimbursements will not be given.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Active researcher (must spend at least 25% of time conducting research) in one of the twelve scientific disciplines represented at the conference
  • Postdoctoral scientist, research faculty member, or research scientist
  • Commitment to mentoring and diversity

Please note:

  • Federal employees cannot receive any funding or compensation (complimentary travel, hotel or registration) from ABRCMS and therefore are not eligible to apply
  • In addition, Program Directors from NIGMS funded programs, are also ineligible to apply 

Application Requirements

There are two different applications for the Judge Travel Award: (i) first-time judges and (ii) returning judges.
First time judges should be prepared to answer the following: 
  • Describe your current area(s) scientific research (limit to 500 characters)
  • What your goals are for attending the conference and what you hope to accomplish by attending (limit to 500 characters)
  • Describe (a) an impactful mentoring experience (either one you had with a mentor or as a mentor), (b) your current mentoring activities, and (c) your commitment to diversity (limit to 1-page)
  • Describe your previous experience judging presentations (limit to 500 characters)

In addition, you will be asked to upload your current CV or NIH biosketch (limit to 2-pages).

Returning judges should be prepared to answer the following:

  • Describe (a) meaningful interactions you had during past ABRCMS experiences, (b) how you stayed connected with other attendees you have met at ABRCMS, and (c) what you feel are the most important aspects of your role as a judge (limit to 1-page)
  • What your goals are for attending the conference and what you hope to accomplish by attending (limit to 500 characters)
  • Describe your current area(s) scientific research (limit to 500 characters)
  • Describe (a) an impactful mentoring experience (either one you had with a mentor or as a mentor), (b) your current mentoring activities, and (c) your commitment to diversity (limit to 1-page)

In addition, you will be asked to upload your current CV or NIH biosketch (limit to 2-pages)

Apply

The applications will open April 2019.

Notification

In an effort to provide funds to as many individuals as possible, notification emails will not be sent until the end of August.

Requirements of Accepted Awardees

Awardees are required to:

  • Review ABRCMS Student Travel Award applications (Aug. 29-Sept. 5)
  • Attend all pre-conference and on-site judging training, including:
    • Judge Orientation Webinar held in Oct.
    • Mandatory Judges Meeting
  • Be available to judge all poster and oral sessions (must arrive on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and stay until 2 pm on Saturday, Nov. 16)
  • Participate in the on-site session, “Networking with Your Scientific Discipline” (full travel awardees only)
  • Actively engage in the conference by attending sessions, mentoring students, and networking with peers 
  • Provide feedback in the post-conference survey administered by DePass Consulting

In addition, we strongly encourage travel awardees to participate as an ABRCMS abstract reviewer. 

Contact Us

Leah Dixon 
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202-942-9348

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