Become an ABRCMS Mentor

Invest in the next generation of STEM students

Did you know that 80% of ABRCMS student attendees are underrepresented minorities? Research continues to show the importance mentors play in minorities' success in STEM fields and as such, ABRCMS provides opportunities for you to be involved during the conference.

1. Serve as a judge

Mentors are needed to provide constructive feedback to the over 2,000 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate student presenters. We aim to provide each student with 3 judges to give feedback on their presentation. Not only do you get to explore the latest research, you also get the chance to leave a lasting impression on students by encouraging them in their research studies.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a senior level graduate student, postdoctoral scientist or research faculty member
  • Must be an active researcher in one of the 12 ABRCMS disciplines
  • Must attend Judges' Orientation Webinar and the Judges' Mandatory On-Site Meeting. Have to be available to judge at least 1 poster/oral session
  • All judges, including volunteers, must register and pay the registration fee

Interested in volunteering? 

2. Participate in networking sessions

Multiple networking sessions are strategically placed throughout the the conference to provide opportunities for students to talk to peers and meet new mentors. Your participation in these sessions will allow you to connect with students who are eagerly pursuing education and career advice and who can benefit from learning about your unique career journey.

3. Review ABRCMS abstract submissions

Volunteer to serve as an ABRCMS abstract reviewer. At least 350 reviewers are needed each year to review the over 2,300 abstract submissions. The review process will take place Sept. 13-16.  Abstract reviewers must be a postdoctoral scientist or faculty member who actively researches in one of the 12 ABRCMS disciplines. The deadline to indicate your interest in reviewing abstract has passed.

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