Call for Abstracts

Important Dates

  • May 2: Abstract Submission and
    Student Travel Award Applications Open
  • July 1: Writing a Compelling Abstract
    webinar series released
  • Aug. 23: Student Travel Award Deadline
  • Aug. 30: Student Travel Award
    Recommenders Deadline
  • Sept. 9: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • Sept. 15-18: Abstract Review
  • Sept. 26: Abstract Notifications Sent
  • Sept. 30: Accept/Withdraw Abstract Deadline 
  • Oct. 2022: Getting the Most Out of a
    Professional Scientific Meeting webinar
  • Nov 9-12: ABRCMS 2022 

Abstract Submission is Open!  

Abstract submission for ABRCMS 2022 is now open. Share your latest, cutting-edge research and get ready to present your science to esteemed and established researchers from universities across the country. 

Plus, this year, ABRCMS is offering the option of submitting an oral or poster abstract to be presented at the in-person conference or an ePoster abstract to be presented virtually on Nov. 12. The abstract submission process and requirements are the same for in-person posters and virtual ePosters. Virtual ePoster presenters must pay the registration fee for virtual attendance; however, registration waivers are available.

Deadline: Sept. 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PDT 

Submit Your

How to Submit an Abstract

1. Confirm your eligibility.

To submit an abstract, you must satisfy the following two criteria:

  1. As of Nov. 1, you must be currently enrolled as one of the following:
      • Community college student
        • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours
      • Undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior
      • Postbaccalaureate student
        • Must be enrolled in a formalized program
      • Terminal level Master's student
  2. Have conducted research, used experimental methods and developed results in one of the 12 ABRCMS scientific disciplines

Important Information

  • Only undergraduate students, including community college students, are eligible to submit an abstract for oral presentations. Undergraduate and community college students can also submit poster abstracts.  
  • Postbaccalaureate, Master's students, and previous in-person poster/oral presentation awardees are only eligible to submit abstracts for poster presentations. If you won a presentation award at a virtual ABRCMS, you are still eligible to submit an oral abstract. 
  • Your eligibility is based on your enrolled education level as of Nov. 1, and NOT your education level when you conducted your research.
  • Doctoral-level graduate students, including individuals enrolled in professional degree programs (i.e. DVM, PharmD, DMD), are ineligible to submit an abstract.
  • Master's students are ineligible for presentation awards.
2. Review the abstract components and guidelines.

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. Abstracts must also be clearly written and free of multiple errors. 

Abstract Rules

  • Only one student, the individual listed first in the author block, can present the abstract.
  • You must obtain permission from your research mentor, co-authors, and program director(s) before submitting an abstract. They will receive a copy of the notification email by Oct. 3 indicating the status of the abstract. 
  • Only one abstract submission, poster or oral, per student is acceptable. If you are listed as the presenting author on more than one abstract, all abstracts associated with you will automatically be 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 automatically be rejected.
  • Abstracts must be written by you and reviewed/edited by the mentor. Mentors should not write the abstract.
  • Citations, tables and keywords are not allowed in the abstract text and will be removed.
  • The character limit of the abstract is 2,500 (not including spaces).
  • Work must be proofread prior to submission. ABRCMS staff will not edit abstracts. Additionally, no co-authors can be added after the abstract submission deadline.
  • No late submissions will be accepted. 

Learn how to write a competitive abstract

Additional Resources for creating a competitive abstract

3. See if you're eligible for an in-person Student Travel Award or virtual Registration Waiver. 

If you are a first-time in-person ABRCMS presenter, check your in-person travel award or virtual registration waiver eligibility. Applications are due by Aug. 23, 2022. 

4. Attend the "Writing a Compelling Abstract" webinar series.

Understand how ABRCMS reviewers will review your abstract and the elements of successful abstract submissions when you watch this on-demand webinar, available beginning July 1.

5.  Submit your abstract by 11:59 pm PDT on Sept. 9, 2022.

Next Steps

You will be notified by Sept. 26, 2022, if your abstract is accepted. All abstract authors, including the research advisor/program director listed on your abstract, will receive notice of whether your abstract was accepted. Your co-authors and research advisor/program director will receive notification by October 3. 

If your abstract is accepted, confirm your status by Sept. 30, 2022. You MUST accept the invitation to present your abstract by Sept. 30 to participate in the judging program. Presentation date/time will not be provided until you have accepted. Please note that ABRCMS has a strict No-Show Policy. If you accept to present, but do not show up, you will be excluded from having your presentation judged the next time you attend ABRCMS. 

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