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ABRCMS Student Travel Award

Deadline: Aug. 25, 2017

Do you want to present at ABRCMS, but don't have the funds to attend? Apply for the ABRCMS Student Travel Award! Awardees will receive up to $1,500 to cover conference registration, a meal plan ticket, housing and/or travel (airfare).

If you plan on applying for a travel award, please do not book your travel, hotel or pay for your registration until you receive your official notification from ABRCMS.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective ABRCMS Student Travel Award applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time matriculating community college or undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education or a postbaccalaureate student who fulfills at least ONE of the following characteristics: 
    • From an underrepresented/underserved ethnicity/race (groups include Blacks or African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), or
    • Currently enrolled at a community college and completed at least 2 full course load semesters, or
    • From a disadvantaged background (from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds or from an educational environment that inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career), 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
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident and
  • Must be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at ABRCMS 2017 and
  • Cannot belong to any NIH/NIGMS funded programs and
  • Cannot be a previous ABRCMS presenter

Note: Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists are not eligible to apply

Application Requirements

A complete ABRCMS Student Travel Award application contains 3 parts:

  1. Student Travel Award application submission (submit online)
  2. Abstract submission (submit online)
  3. Recommendation form (email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
    The application and recommendation form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Aug. 25, 2017. Your abstract must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sept. 8. No exceptions will be made.
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Part 1 - Student Travel Award Application Submission

Student Travel Award Submission Site - This link will be available April 5. It is the same submission site used for submitting an ABRCMS abstract.

The following essay questions will be required to complete this part:

  • Discuss your plans after you've completed your undergraduate or postbaccalaureate studies
  • Describe your reasons for attending the conference and plans for preparing yourself for ABRCMS
  • Discuss how you plan to utilize the knowledge and information gained by attending ABRCMS and how you plan on helping others benefit from your participation at ABRCMS
  • List any student meetings of 1,000 or more participants where you attended and/or presented your research
  • List any campus–wide, regional or national meetings of less than 1,000 participants where you attended and/or presented your research
  • List any meetings you are planning to attend and/or will present your research within the next 6 months
  • Describe what you learned from meetings attended and what impact it has had on your academic and career planning
  • List all science-related undergraduate courses that you have enrolled in and final grades obtained in each of the courses
  • Describe your research project

Part 2 - Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission Site -This link will be available April 5. It is the same submission site used for submitting an ABRCMS Student Travel Award.

Part 3 - Recommendation Form
One recommendation form is REQUIRED as part of your student travel award application. It is your responsibility to provide the following recommendation form to your nominator.

Please note that the recommendation form asks for the student's Travel Award Control Number. This number is assigned to the student after s/he has begun the online Travel Award application.

The recommendation form must be emailed as a PDF to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before Aug. 25. No cover letters will be accepted in place of the recommendation form.

Please note that ABRCMS reserves the right to contact nominators to confirm any portion of your application.

Review Criteria

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the following criteria: (1) academic achievement, (2) experience conducting independent work, (3) interest in biomedical and/or behavioral sciences, and (4) motivation to attend ABRCMS.

Notification

All applicants will receive an eNotification by the beginning of Oct. regarding the final status of their application.

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FASEB Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring (DREAM) Program Mentored Travel Awards for Underrepresented Students

Are you an undergraduate student at a minority-serving insitution, HBCU, or an undergraduate of an underrepresented group at a majority institution? Will you be a first-time attendee at ABRCMS 2017? The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring (DREAM) Program is sponsoring Mentored Travel Awards for Underrepresented Students presenting at the ABRCMS 2017. Travel award support will be available for full-time undergraduate students from minority-serving institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the United States. Full-time undergraduate students from underrepresented* groups at majority institutions are also eligible to apply for these travel awards. 

The awards will provide up to $1,850 in funding for conference registration and travel-related expenses to each award recipient (in the form of reimbursement after the meeting). 

Eligibility 

Eligible applicants must: 

  1. Be a first-time attendee at an ABRCMS conference
  2. Submit an abstract to the ABRCMS 2017 by the published abstract submission deadline date
  3. Register for ABRCMS 2017 conference attendance
  4. Be a USA Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of the USA
  5. Be a full-time undergraduate student from an accredited minority-serving institution or HBCU; or be an underrepresented* full-time undergraduate student from a majority institution

*For the purpose of meeting the goals and objectives specified by the FASEB Diversity Resources Program, individual from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, and behavioral sciences include: 

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research, including Blacks of 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, American Samoa); 
  • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and
  • Individuals [undergraduate students] from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds and those who come from an educational environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. 

The travel awards are supported by a Federal grant from the NIGMS/NIH. Travel awards are contingent upon funding availability. 

NOTE: Students supported by funding provided by the Training, Workforce Development and Diversity Division of the NIGMS/NIH, or other Federal programs (NSF, DoEd, etc.) are not eligible for FASEB DREAM Program funding. 

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To apply for this award, please visit the FASEB website

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ABRCMS Judge Travel Award

Deadline: July 20, 2017

Are you passionate about helping the next generation of STEM students succeed? Apply for ABRCMS Judge Travel Award. Postdoctoral scientists and faculty members available to judge all scheduled poster and oral sessions and to review ABRCMS Student Travel Award applications are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to active researchers in any of the 12 scientific disciplines represented at the conference.

The award package includes up to $1,500 to cover conference registration, a meal plan ticket, housing, and/or travel. If you plan on applying for the award, please do not book your travel, hotel, or pay for your registration until you receive your official notification from ABRCMS.

Eligibility

Prospective applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Active researcher in one of the twelve scientific disciplines represented at the conference 
  • Postdoctoral scientist or research faculty member 
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Review applications for the ABRCMS Student Travel Award Aug. 30-Sept. 6  
  • Attend the pre-conference Judges' Orientation Webinar held in Oct.
  • Attend the on-site Judges' Orientation held on Thursday, Nov. 2 @ 8:30 a.m. 
  • Judge all poster and oral sessions scheduled throughout the conference (must arrive on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and stay until 2 pm on Saturday, Nov. 4)
  • Federal Agency employees cannot receive any funding or compensation (complimentary travel, hotel or registration ) from ABRCMS and therefore are not eligible to apply for the Judge Travel Award. Individuals currently receiving funding from one of these NIH funded programs, are also ineligible to to apply – RISE, MARC U-STAR, BRIDGES-BAC, BRIDGES-DOC, IMSD, PREP, SCORE, NARCH, IRACDA, BUILD and NRMN.

New and returning judges are eligible to apply. Returning judges are only eligible for conference registration and a meal plan ticket.

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Application deadline is Tuesday, July 20. A link to the application will be available April 5.

Click on APPLY NOW and proceed with the following steps:

  • Initially, you will be asked for an email address and password. If you have not logged in before, a new account will be created when you enter your email address and password
  • Upon providing the requested information, you will receive a message stating that your email address is not in the system. This notice is NOT an error message
  • To confirm that your email address is correct and you would like a new record created for the email address that you have provided, please select "Yes, my email address is correct, CONTINUE," then "Apply Now"

Step 1 will ask you to complete a profile. Under "Additional Information," be sure to select the appropriate educational status under "Ed/Professional." The awards or programs available to you will depend on your profile information and educational status.

  • Upon completing your profile, select "Continue Application"

Step 2 will generate a list of programs based on the educational status in your profile. Use the dropdown menu select "2017 ABRCMS Judge Travel Award"

  • Before continuing with the application, you may want to learn more about the program by selecting "Read About Program"
  • To proceed, select "Continue Application"
  • If the ABRCMS Judge Travel Award does not show up in the drop down box, click "Update your profile" to review your education status or review the eligible criteria listed above

Step 3 will allow you to complete the online application and upload supporting documents.

  • Before logging off, be sure to select "Save and Finish Later" OR "Submit my Application"
Notification

The Judge Travel Award program is competitive; notification letters will be emailed by Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

Additional Information
  • If accepted into the program, ABRCMS will provide further instructions on booking travel, reserving your hotel and processing your registration. Travel/hotel booked in advance and/or outside of the ABRCMS block WILL NOT be reimbursed.
  • Applicants DO NOT have to register for the conference as part of the application process.
  • Postdoctoral scientist must share rooms.
    • Room assignments will be made based on demographic information collected during the registration process. Hotel assignment is made solely by ABRCMS staff and cannot be switched.
  • The following is NOT covered by the travel award:
    • Ground transportation to and from the airport/residence
    • Meals outside of the conference meal ticket, including meals on travel days.
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Leah Gibbons
202-942-9348
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