Submit an Abstract

You've spent countless hours conducting research. Now what? Share your findings! Submit an abstract to present at ABRCMS, one of the nation's largest conferences for minority students. 

Abstract submissions will open April 5, 2017 to community college students, undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors, and postbaccalaureates who are conducting research in STEM.

April 5: Abstract Submission Site Opens
June 30: Registration & Housing Open
Aug. 25: Student Travel Award Deadline
Sept. 8: Abstract Submission Site Closes
Sept. 25: Abstract Notifications
Oct. 2: Confirm your Acceptance
Oct. 10: Discount Registration Ends
Nov. 1-4: ABRCMS 2017

Abstract Process

1. Confirm your eligibility.

You must satisfy the following two criteria:

  • As of Nov. 1, 2017, you must be currently enrolled as one of the following:
    • Community college student*
    • Undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior
    • Postbaccalaureate student

*Community college students must have completed at least two full course load semesters to be eligible

If you are not enrolled as one of these student types, during the conference, you are NOT eligible to present your research. Your eligibility is based on your enrolled education level as of Nov. 1, 2017 and NOT your education level when you conducted your research.

Important Information

  • Only undergraduate students, including community college students, are eligible to submit an abstract for oral presentation
  • Only one abstract submission, poster or oral, per student is acceptable. You must decide between submitting an abstract for poster OR oral presentation. If you are listed as the presenting author on more than one abstract, all abstracts associated with you will be automatically rejected
  • Presentations made by undergraduate students will be judged on-site and eligible for awards
  • Presentations made by postbaccalaureates and previous ABRCMS poster/oral presentation awardees will be judged on-site but not eligible for awards. These individuals may only submit abstracts for poster presentation
  • Community college students who have not completed two full course load semesters, undergraduate freshman, graduate students and postdoctoral scientists are not eligible to submit abstracts

2. Review the abstract components and guidelines.

All submissions must be received through the online abstract submission site by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sept. 8, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Accepted abstracts must contain:

  1. At least two authors in the author block
  2. Hypothesis or statement about the problem under investigation
  3. Statement of the experimental methods/methodology used
  4. Essential results provided in summary form (even if preliminary)
  5. Conclusion

Abstracts missing any of the items above will be rejected.

  • Only one student, the individual listed first in the author block, can present the abstract
  • You are strongly encouraged to submit your own abstract. The system will only allow one abstract (poster or oral) submission per student/account holder
  • You must obtain permission from your research mentors, coauthors, and program directors before submitting an abstract. Research mentors, coauthors, and program directors will receive a copy of the notification e-mail by Sept. 27, 2017 indicating the status of the abstract
  • Only one abstract submission, poster or oral, per student is acceptable. You must decide between submitting an abstract for poster OR oral presentation. If you are listed as the presenting author on more than one abstract, all abstracts associated with you will be automatically rejected
  • If you are working in the same lab as another abstract submitter, you must independently submit original abstracts. Identical abstracts submitted by different students will be automatically rejected
  • Abstracts must be written by you and reviewed/edited by the mentor. Mentors should not write the abstract
  • Only students can be presenting authors
  • Citations, tables and keywords are not allowed in the abstract text and will be removed
  • Work must be proofread prior to submission. ABRCMS staff will not edit abstracts

3. See if you're eligible for an ABRCMS Student Travel Award.

If you are a first-time ABRCMS presenter, check to see if you are eligible for a travel award. Applications are due by Aug. 25, 2017.

4. Submit your abstract by 11:59 PDT Sept. 8, 2017.

Details on how to submit your abstract through the submission site can be found here.

5. You will be notified by Sept. 25, 2017 if your abstract is accepted.

All abstract authors, including the research adviser listed on your abstract, will receive notice of whether or not your abstract was accepted.

6. If your abstract is accepted, confirm status by Oct. 2, 2017.

You MUST accept the invitation to present your abstract by Oct. 2, 2017 in order to participate in the judging program. Presentation date/time will not be provided to presenters until they have accepted.

Please note that ABRCMS has a strict No Show Policy. If an individual accepts to present and does not show up to present, they will not be able to participate in next year's judging program.

7. Watch the interactive webinar on developing an outstanding poster or oral presentation.

Information about this webinar will be sent to accepted student presenters in fall 2017.

8. Review the presentation policies and guidelines.

Follow these guidelines to prepare for a successful ABRCMS poster/oral presentation. 

9. View all 2017 abstracts on the Online Abstract Database.

All abstracts will be available online through the ABRCMS Abstract Database. The Database will be made available in Oct. 

The 2016 abstracts are available here.

10. Request a guest pass.

Guests are welcome to attend your presentation session. The free guest pass only provides access to your presentation. Admittance to any other portion of conference, including meals, sessions, and the exhibit booths is strictly prohibited. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

11. Present your research at ABRCMS 2017!

Poster Presentation Times

Thursday, Nov. 2
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Poster Session 1 (A)
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Poster Session 2 (B)

Friday, Nov. 3
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Poster Session 3 (C)
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Poster Session 4 (D)
4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m. Poster Session 5 (E)

Saturday, Nov. 4
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Poster Session 6 (F)

Oral Presentation Times

Thursday, Nov. 2
5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 

Saturday, Nov. 4
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 

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