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ABRCMS Student Travel Award

Deadline: Aug. 20, 2019

Are you an undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student who needs 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.

Please note per diems and reimbursements will not be given.

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
  • Cannot be a previous ABRCMS presenter, 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 racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians (who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment) or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other U.S. Pacific Islanders (Guam, America Samoa), 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

*Childcare is available at the conference.

Note: Eligible applicants cannot have travel support from any NIGMS funded programs. Master's and doctoral level graduate students 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 on Sept. 6

    *Your recommender will be emailed a unique URL to upload the recommendation form directly to your application on Thursday, Aug. 22. The completed form must be uploaded by Tuesday, Aug. 27. It is your responsibility to give your recommender the recommendation form and confirm that it was 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, 
    4. Motivation to attend ABRCMS, and
    5. Funding need

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 ABRCMS Online

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:
  • ABRCMS Online webinar, Getting the Most Out of a Professional Scientific Meeting, the week of Oct. 21
  • ABRCMS Student Travel Awardee Orientation
  • Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate Student Orientation on Nov. 14 at 8 am
  • 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 and be a respectful roommate (if awarded)
  • Complete affirmation forms and book travel by assigned deadlines

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

Contact Us

Leah Dixon
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ABRCMS Judge Travel Award

Deadline: July 20, 2019

Travel awards are available to postdoctoral scientists, 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, the following individuals are ineligible to apply:

  • Federal employees 
  • Program Directors from NIGMS funded programs
  • Graduate students

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) of 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, (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)

Returning judges
should be prepared to answer the following:
  • Describe your current area(s) of 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, (b) your current mentoring activities, (c) what you consider to be the most important aspects of your role as a judge, and (d) your commitment to diversity. You are also encouraged to include insightful interactions you've had at past ABRCMS. (limit to 1-page)

Apply

Click here to apply for the Judge Travel Award. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 pm PT on July 20.

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 on-site 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 in Your Scientific Discipline” on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5 pm (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 ABRCMS abstract reviewers. 

Contact Us

Leah Dixon 
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202-942-9348

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