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 judge

Judges are needed to provide constructive feedback to the over 2,100 undergraduate and postbaccalaureate student presenters. Students will receive three judges who provide feedback on their presentation. 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:

  • 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 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? 

  • Indicate your interest during the registration process
  • Travel awards are available

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. At least 400 reviewers are needed each year to review the over 2,800 abstract submissions. The review process will take place Sept. 17-20.  Abstract reviewers must be a postdoctoral scientist or faculty member who actively researches in one of the 12 ABRCMS disciplinesPlease note the deadline to participate in the review process for ABRCMS 2020: The Virtual Experience has passed.


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