Written by Shingai Marandure
Transformative discoveries happen when we work across disciplines to solve problems. At ABRCMS, we strongly encourage students in engage in multi-disciplinary research. However, due to the large number of student presentations, all abstracts are required to align with a single scientific discipline and sub-discipline. This allows for the abstract to be assigned to the appropriate reviewers and on-site judges.
1. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
a. Biochemistry - The study of molecules and the cellular processes in which they participate in living organisms.
b. Biomolecules - The study of any organic molecule that is an essential part of a living organism.
c. Chemical Biology - The study of biological processes using chemical strategies, particularly organic synthesis.
d. Genomics - The study of mapping, sequencing, and analyzing the genetic composition of organisms, directed at an understanding of the complete genome and how it is organized and expressed.
e. Proteomics - The study of the protein composition of cells, including protein content, protein modifications, protein-protein interaction, and protein expression during development or changing environmental conditions, generally using high-throughput approaches.
f. Structural Biology - The study of the three-dimensional architectures of biological macromolecules—particularly proteins and nucleic acid—and how their architectures confer their specialized functions.
2. Cancer Biology
3. Cell Biology
5. Computational and Systems Biology
a. Bioinformatics - The study of the research, development, or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, or visualize such data.
b. Computational Biology - The study of the development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, behavioral, and social systems.
c. Computer Sciences - The study of the feasibility, structure, expression, and mechanization of the methodical processes (or algorithms) that underlie the acquisition, processing, storage, and dissemination of - and access to - information.
d. Informatics - The study of the application of computer and statistical techniques to the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information.
e. Systems Biology - The study of biological systems that involves the complex integration, interactions, and modeling of key elements such as DNA, RNA, proteins, cells, and biochemical reactions with respect to one another.
6. Developmental Biology and Genetics
a. Developmental Biology - The study of the processes by which organisms grow and develop; it encompasses genetics, cell fate specification, differentiation, and morphogenesis as well as the molecular analysis of tissue and organ system anatomy.
b. Evolution and Developmental Biology - The study of the relationship(s) between the evolution and development of an organism or group of organisms; it encompasses genetic, molecular, paleontological, population, and molecular analyses, as well as theoretical (mathematical) and ecological analyses as they relate to organismal development and evolution.
c. Genetics - The study of the inheritance of genes and the traits they cause, as well as the behavior of chromosomes in cell division and reproduction.
7. Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
a. Bioengineering - The study of the application of the principles of engineering to the fields of biology and medicine, as in the development of aids or replacements for defective or missing body organs.
b. Biomedical Engineering - The coordinated and cross-disciplinary study and advancement of Engineering, Biology, and Medicine to foster human health and well-being.
c. Biophysics - The study dealing with the forces that act on living cells of the body, the relationship between the biologic behavior of living structures, the physical influences to which they are subjected, and the physics of vital processes and phenomena.
d. Material Sciences - The study involving the properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering.
e. Mathematics - The study of the measurement, relationships, space configurations, transformations, generalizations, and overall properties of quantities and sets based on numeration and symbols.
f. Nanotechnology - The study of applied science and technology whose unifying theme is the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale, normally 1 to 100 nanometers, and the fabrication of devices with critical dimensions that lie within that range.
a. Basic Immunology - The study of all aspects of the immune system in all organisms. It deals with the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and disease; malfunctions of the immune system in immunological disorders; and the physical, chemical, and physiological characteristics of the components of the immune system in vitro, in situ, and in vivo.
b. Host Responses - The study of the immune response to infectious agents, or to diseases driven by the immune system. It deals with the physiological functioning of the immune system in response to bacterial, viral, parasitic or fungal infection; or to inflammatory diseases, in vitro, in situ, ex vivo and in vivo.
a. Bacteriology - The study of prokaryotes, including bacteria and archaea.
b. Environmental Microbiology - The study of the function and diversity of microbes in their natural environments; it includes the study of microbial ecology, microbially mediated nutrient cycling, geomicrobiology, microbial diversity, and bioremediation.
c. Microbial Physiology - The study of the biology and function of microorganisms. It includes but is not limited to information on metabolic pathways, functional genomics, microbial growth, and microbial cell structure.
d. Mycology - The study of fungi, their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy, and their use and dangers to humans.
e. Parasitology - The study of parasitic protozoa and helminthic worms, their hosts, and the relationship between them.
f. Virology - The study of biological viruses and virus-like agents, including their structure and classification, their ways to infect and exploit cells for virus reproduction, the diseases they cause, the techniques to isolate and culture them, and their potential uses in research and therapy.
a. Neurobiology - The study of cells of the nervous system and the organization of the cells into functional circuits that process information and mediate behavior.
b. Neuroscience - The study of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and neurons, in order to advance the understanding of human thought, emotion, and behavior.
c. Psychobiology - The study of the interrelationship of the mental processes and the anatomy and physiology of the individual or psychology as investigated by biological methods.
11. Physiology and Pharmacology
a. Anatomy - The study of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts. The bodily structure of a plant or an animal or any of its parts.
b. Endocrinology - The study of the glands and hormones of the body and their related disorders.
c. Nutrition - The study of food and nourishment, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and replacement of tissues.
d. Pharmacology - The study of drugs, including their composition, uses, and effects.
e. Physiology - The study of the functions of living organisms and their parts.
f. Toxicology - The study of the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects.
12. Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health
a. Anthropology - The study of all human beings across times and places and with all dimensions of humanity (evolutionary, biophysical, sociopolitical, economic, cultural, linguistic, psychological, etc.). Medical anthropology examines the ways in which culture and society are organized around or influenced by issues of health, health care, and related issues.
b. Psychology - The study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, and from child development to care for the aged.
c. Public Health and Epidemiology/Biostatistics - Public Health is the study of individuals, communities, activities, and programs to promote health locally and globally, to prevent disease, injury, and premature death, and to assure conditions in which people are safe and healthy. Epidemiology studies the incidence, distribution, and control of diseases and other health related factors. Biostatistics utilizes statistical methods and techniques to examine issues in health-related sciences.
d. Sociology - The study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.
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Click on the Abstract Submission Site. This will take you directly to the submission site.
Log onto the abstract submission site by entering a login name and password.
If you are a first-time user, you must create a new profile.
On the first submission screen, under "2019 ABRCMS," select either "Submit your ORAL abstract" or "Submit your POSTER abstract." Only one abstract, poster or oral, can be submitted per student.Please keep in mind that only community college students and undergraduates, who have not previously won a presentation award, are the only ones eligible to submit an oral abstract. They may also submit a poster abstract.
Proceed through the following screens:
As each step is completed, click on the "Save and Continue" button to save your work. You will automatically be moved to the next step. You can return to a previous step by selecting that step on the left-hand margin of the submission site.
Print a copy of the submission page. This will serve as confirmation of your abstract submission. We cannot honor requests for copies of submitted abstracts. Please note that submission of an abstract does not guarantee acceptance to the conference.
Abstract Selection: Poster Presentation
Three main criteria will be considered by the review committee when reviewing abstracts for acceptance.
Abstracts must contain the required components and abide by the guidelines in order to be considered for acceptance.
Tips for submitting a competitive abstract can be found here and by attending the webinar series "Writing a Compelling Abstract."
Abstract Selection: Oral Presentation
Of the abstracts submitted for oral presentation, only the top 120 oral abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. If an abstract is accepted into the conference, but not selected for oral presentation, that abstract will be automatically assigned to a poster presentation.
All abstracts submitted for oral presentation will first be reviewed for acceptance into the conference using the criteria for poster presentations. If accepted into the conference, the abstract will be reviewed for oral presentation using the following criteria:
All review decisions are final. There is no appeals process or opportunity to resubmit once an abstract is rejected.
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Use the following as a guide for writing a competitive abstract:
Study Design and Research Methods:
Resources on Writing Competitive Abstracts
Sample Abstracts in Scientific Disciplines
Click on each discipline to see a sample annotated abstract:
|Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|Computational and Systems Biology|
|Developmental Biology and Genetics|
|Engineering, Physics and Mathematics|
|Physiology and Toxicology|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health|
The TOP 5 Tips for Writing Your ABRCMS Abstract
This list of tips has been compiled from our webinar series, "Writing a Compelling Abstract". Please view the webinars to get valuable information about writing your abstract for ABRCMS and stay tuned for the 2019 live webinar dates.
1. READ the instructions! Don’t waste energy doing the wrong thing. Familiarize yourself with the requirements for the ABRCMS Abstract submission process.
2. Understand who is the TARGET AUDIENCE (or who you want to be your audience). This not a specialized journal that knows all of your jargon, so know that going in.
3. Write your hypothesis/statement of purpose with CLARITY. An abstract allows the reader to learn a great deal about your work with very little effort. Even though every project won't have a hypothesis, you should always clearly indicate the intended purpose of your work.
4. Make sure the results and conclusions TIE BACK to what you said in your hypothesis/statement of purpose. Think back to what you said the hypothesis/statement of purpose was. If your results and conclusions don't clearly support that, then you haven't done a good job showing reviewers that you are worthy to be selected.
5. Give the abstract to multiple people (including your PI) to REVIEW it. We can't stress the importance of proofreading and review. The more eyes it sees, the better it will be!
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Follow these guidelines to have a successful presentation experience. In addition, be sure to watch our 2018 webinar, “Getting the Most Out of a Professional Scientific Meeting.” Sign-ups for the 2019 series will begin in Fall 2019.
Previous ABRCMS presentation awardees will only be assigned one judge and are not eligible for awards. Master's students will not be assigned judges and are ineligible to receive awards.
Guidelines for Poster Presentations
NEW in 2019: The poster is the focus of your presentation. In order to eliminate distractions, with exception of the university logo & program/sponsor logos, non-scientific images are not allowed. In addition, no computers or other aids can be used. The only items allowed to be adhered to the poster board itself are the poster and the poster number. Failure to abide by this policy will disqualify the presenter from receiving a presentation award.Designing your poster
Guidelines for Oral Presentations
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Abstract submission is now closed. We look forward to seeing you at ABRCMS.
Take Note of Important Dates
April 10: Abstract and Student Travel Award Applications Open
Weeks of June 17 & Aug. 5: Writing a Compelling Abstract webinar series
Aug. 20: Student Travel Award Deadline
Sept. 6: Abstract Submission Deadline
Sept. 12-15: Abstract Review
Sept. 23: Abstract Notifications Sent
Sept. 27: Accept/Withdraw Abstract Deadline
Oct. 18: Discount Registration Ends
Week of Oct. 21: Getting the Most Out of a Professional Scientific Meeting webinar
Nov. 13–16: ABRCMS 2019
1. Confirm your eligibility.
To submit an abstract, you must satisfy the following two criteria:
2. Review the abstract components and guidelines.
Accepted abstracts must contain:
Abstracts missing any of the items above will be rejected. In addition, abstracts must be clearly written and free of multiple errors.
3. See if you're eligible for an ABRCMS Student Travel Award.
If you are a first-time ABRCMS presenter, check to see if you are eligible for a travel award. Applications are due by Aug. 20, 2019. Please note master's students are ineligible to apply.
4. Attend the "Writing a Compelling Abstract" webinar series.
Understand how ABRCMS reviewers will review your abstract and the elements of successful abstract submissions when you attend this webinar series. This series will be offered the week of June 17 and repeated the week of Aug 5. Additional information can be found here. All abstract submitters are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions.
5. Submit your abstract by 11:59 pm PDT Sept. 6, 2019.
Submit your abstract via the ABRCMS Abstract Portal. For details on using the site and how abstracts are selected, click here.
6. You will be notified by Sept. 23, 2019 if your abstract is accepted.
All abstract authors, including the research advisor listed on your abstract, will receive notice of whether or not your abstract was accepted.
7. If your abstract is accepted, confirm status by Sept. 27, 2019.
You MUST accept the invitation to present your abstract by Sept. 27 in order to participate in the judging program. Presentation date/time will not be provided until you have accepted.
Please note that ABRCMS has a strict No Show Policy. If you accept to present, but do not show up you will be excluded from having your presentation judged the next time you attend ABRCMS.
8. Register for the conference.
All accepted presenters who wish to attend the conference must register and pay the registration fee. Please note that after the discount registration deadline ends, the registration price will increase. Additional information can be found here.
NEW Poster Policy: The poster is the focus of your presentation. In order to eliminate distractions, with exception of the university logo & program/sponsor logos, non-scientific images are not allowed. In addition, no computers or other aids can be used.
The only items allowed to be adhered to the poster board itself are the poster and the poster number. Failure to abide by this policy will disqualify the presenter from receiving a presentation award.
10. Attend the webinar "Getting the Most Out of a Professional Scientific Meeting."
This webinar is highly recommended for first-time academic conference attendees and orients seasoned conference attendees to the ABRCMS experience. The webinar will be offered each day the week of Oct. 21. Additional information can be found here.
11. Sign-up to practice your presentation with a FASEB Mentor.
12. View all 2019 abstracts on the Online Abstract Database.
A database of the 2019 accepted abstracts will be available at the end of October 2019.
To view the 2018 ABRCMS Abstracts, click here.
13. Request a guest pass.
14. Present your research at ABRCMS 2019!
Thursday, Nov. 14
Poster Session (A): 2-3:15 pm
Poster Session (B): 3:30-4:45 pm
Master's Level Student Presentation and Mixer (M): 8-9:15 pm
Friday, Nov. 15
Poster Session (C): 10:30-11:45 am
Poster Session (D): 3:15-4:30 pm
Poster Session (E): 4:45-6 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
Poster Session (F): 10-11:15 am
Thursday, Nov. 14
Oral Session (1): 5:30-6:45 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
Oral Session (2): 8-9:15 am
Written by Caressa Morris
ABRCMS conference and programmatic goals are to 1) encourage undergraduates to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, 2), provide faculty mentors, advisors, and program leaders with resources for facilitating student success, 3) engage, educate, inspire, and broaden participation in STEM education and careers to an interdisciplinary audience, 4) provide a forum to explore the diverse spectrum of STEM research and connect attendees with experts in the field, and 5) articulate the importance of the research to a diverse audience.
ABRCMS programming is a compilation of committee generated topics, solicited proposals, and attendee feedback. Diversity among the session leaders, panelists, topics, and varied perspectives are strongly favored, as this will ensure a stronger program. ABRCMS seeks to provide a balanced program that provides opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations that feature diverse speakers on a wide range of topics. Innovative sessions are strongly encouraged.
Note: Individuals who submit proposals that specifically promote organizations or institutions will not be considered through the regular proposal process, but instead will be referred to the ABRCMS Exhibits Programs to purchase a booth.
All session proposals must be submitted via the online portal.
Check out the 2018 ABRCMS Final Program.
ABRCMS is soliciting cutting-edge scientific research proposals for innovative and engaging STEM talks to inspire the next generation of scientists. ABRCMS is comprised of 12 STEM disciplines and encourages multidisciplinary research to make transformative discoveries.
The following information will be required in your proposal:
Scientific session proposals will be rated on the following components:
All session proposals will be reviewed by a Committee member to ensure that they articulate the goals, benefits and outcomes of the session to attendees. Please note that poorly written proposals will be rejected.
Your session can be funded through three options:
Submit Session Proposal
Session proposal submission is now closed.
ABRCMS is soliciting Professional Development proposals to encourage undergraduates to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and to promote professional and skillset development for students and non-students.
Sessions geared toward trainees must focus on advancing trainees educational and career development. Sessions geared toward non students must focus on facilitating student success or help to advance attendees career growth. Professional development sessions can be geared toward a general audience or specific groups, including:
All professional development sessions must add to the ongoing discussions of the larger conference themes and goals. Attendees should have actionable takeaways that will further their career development and skillset.
Due to the limited slots available, sessions that are not accepted for a face-to-face presentation at the 2019 ABRCMS conference may be recommended for a webinar presentation.
Suggested Session Topics
The format of sessions can vary based on audience and talk. Types of formats include panel discussions, lectures or small group discussions.
Professional development session proposals will be rated on the following components:
All session proposals will be reviewed by a Committee member to ensure that they clearly articulate the goals, benefits, and outcomes of the session to attendees. Please note that poorly written proposals will be rejected.
Your session can be funded through three options:
Submit Session Proposal
Session proposal submission is now closed.