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ABRCMS Student Registration Waiver

The deadline to apply for a registration waiver has passed.

ABRCMS 2020 Response to COVID-19
ABRCMS recognizes the significant challenges COVID-19 has placed on the scientific and educational communities. For 2020, ABRCMS has introduced the Student Registration Waiver to accommodate this year’s unique situation.
  • Since it is a virtual conference, the only type of travel award that will be given is a complimentary registration
  • Recommendation from mentor is not required
  • Preference will be given to undergraduate seniors and postbaccalaureates

Do you need a complimentary registration in order to participate in ABRCMS 2020: The Virtual Experience? Apply for the Student Registration Waiver.

If you plan on applying for a Student Registration Waiver, please do not register for the conference until you find out if you have won an award. No reimbursements will be given.

Eligibility Requirements

 Prospective ABRCMS Student Registration Waiver applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, and
  • Must be presenting an ePoster or oral presentation during ABRCMS 2020: The Virtual Experience, and 
  • Cannot be a previous ABRCMS presenter, and
  • Must be a community college or undergraduate student as of Nov. 9, 2020 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, 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


  • Eligible applicants cannot have support to attend conferences from any NIGMS funded programs
  • Due to the similar nature of the conference, students who present at SACNAS 2020 are not eligible for the ABRCMS Student Registration Waiver
  • Master's and doctoral level graduate students are not eligible to apply
  • The focus of ABRCMS is to encourage students to pursue higher education in STEM research. Therefore students with goals of attending medical or other professional graduate schools (only) will not be viewed as competitively as those who wish to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD


The deadline to apply for the Student Registration Waiver has passed. 

Review Criteria

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the following criteria:

    1. Academic achievement,
    2. Experience conducting 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
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Well-written and thoughtful application
    • Proven commitment to ABRCMS through participation in ABRCMS Online


You will receive an eNotification by early Oct. regarding the final status of your application.

Requirements of Accepted Recipients

As an ABRCMS Student Registration Waiver Recipient, 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
  • At least 9 of your peers’ poster presentations and one oral session

In addition, you must:

  • Participate in two post-conference surveys (the conference survey and one specific to the registration waiver program)

Failure to complete the requirements may result in being removed from the Student Registration Waiver Program.

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ABRCMS Judge Registration Waiver

The deadline to apply for a registration waiver has passed.

A limited number of complimentary registrations will be available for active researchers who are willing to participate as online Judges through the Judge Registration Waiver. Reimbursements will not be given, so please do not register for the conference until you find out whether you have received the Judge Registration Waiver.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • US citizen or permanent resident, and
  • Active researcher (must spend at least 25% of time conducting research) in one of the twelve scientific disciplines represented at the conference, and
  • Postdoctoral scientist, research faculty member, or research scientist, and
  • Committed 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

Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions:
  • What are your goals for attending ABRCMS 2020: The Virtual Experience and what do you hope to accomplish by attending? (limit to 500 characters)
  • Describe your previous experience judging presentations. (limit to 500 characters)
  • Describe your current mentoring activities and your commitment to diversity. (limit to 500 characters)


 The deadline to apply for the Judge Registration Waiver has passed. 


 Notification emails will be sent at the beginning of October.

Requirements of Accepted Recipients

Recipients are required to:

  • Review ABRCMS Student Registration Waiver applications (Sept. 1-8)
  • Attend all pre-conference judging training, including:
    • Pre-conference training module
    • Be available to judge approximately 20 student presentations asynchronously Nov. 9-12
    • 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 waiver recipients to participate as ABRCMS abstract reviewers. 

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Leah Dixon 
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