Become an ABRCMS Volunteer

Invest in the next generation of STEM students

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

1. Serve as a virtual judge

Virtual judges are needed to provide constructive feedback to the undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and master's student ePoster presenters. Students will receive three judges who provide feedback on their presentations and will score each student presentation based on the provided rubric. As a judge, 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 are the following:

  • Must be a senior level graduate student, postdoctoral scientist, faculty member or research scientist.
  • Must be an active researcher in one of the 12 ABRCMS disciplines.
  • Must attend Judges Orientation Webinar.
  • Have to be available to judge approximately six ePosters.
  • All judges, including volunteers, must register and pay the registration fee.
  • Judging will occur before the conference (Nov. 1-4).

Interested in volunteering? 

  • Indicate your interest during the registration process.
  • Registration waivers are available. Deadline: Sept. 1. Registration waiver awardees are expected to review approximately 15 ePoster presentations before the conference (Nov. 1-4).

2. Participate in networking sessions

Multiple networking sessions are strategically placed throughout 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. The review process will take place Sept. 16-19. Abstract reviewers must be postdoctoral scientists or faculty members who actively research in one of the 12 ABRCMS disciplines. The deadline to indicate your interest is Aug. 31.

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