Now in its thirteenth year, ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for minority students to pursue advance training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), attracting approximately 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1200 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and many have conducted independent research. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success. More than 500 representatives from graduate programs at US colleges and universities as well as scientists from government agencies, foundations, and professional scientific societies join ABRCMS in the exhibitors program to share information about graduate school and summer internship opportunities. These representatives present research opportunities, funding sources, and professional networks.
During the four-day conference, over 1,500 students participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics. All undergraduate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline and in each educational level will be given an award during the final banquet.
This conference is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) and managed by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
The conference has garnered the attention of the New York Times, Hispanic Outlook magazine, Black Issues in Higher Education magazine, Black Collegian magazine, Hispanic Magazine online, Dallas Fox News, New Orleans Times Picayune, Discovery Channel Canada, WWVL TV Channel 6 ABC New Orleans, FOX8 New Orleans, San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Monitor, and San Diego Fox 6 Morning News Show.
Some of our past speakers include Maya Angelou, world-renowned poet, activist, educator, and novelist; Francis Collins, Director of the National Institute of Health; Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director of Hayden Planetarium; Juan Sepulveda, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Griffin Rodgers, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Mae C. Jemison, Jemsion Group, Inc.; Joan Nichols, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Tyrone Hayes, University of California at Berkeley; Robert Duke, University of Texas at Austin; The Honorable Louis Stokes, former US Congressman; Nobel Laureates Thomas Cech and Alfred Gilman; Benjamin Carson, Johns Hopkins University; Marilyn Hughes-Gaston, former US Assistant Surgeon General; John Ruffin, National Center for Minority Health Disparities; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Jeremy Berg, National Institute of General Medical Sciences; Roderic Pettigrew, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; Norman Anderson, American Psychological Association; and Shirley Malcom, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
Support from Disciplinary Societies
ABRCMS serves as a key stepping stone enhancing the scientific and professional development of young scientists. After participating in ABRCMS, all students are strongly encouraged to attend professional society meetings of their respective disciplines to continue their scientific and professional development. Below is a list of professional associations and societies within the biomedical and behavioral sciences that offer excellent resources for students to pursue advanced training and professional development: