Underrepresented Graduate Student Travel Award

Read all criteria prior to submitting an application.

The ASBMB Underrepresented Graduate Student Travel Award is funded through a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) by the NIGMS/NIH MARC Program, to support a portion of the expenses of underrepresented, graduate student, first authors presenting research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2015, in Boston, MA.
Successful applicants will be reimbursed for qualifying meeting -related travel expenses following participation in the meeting and required events noted below, up to a maximum of $1,850.00 US.  Reimbursement policies for this award category only are administered by the FASEB MARC Office.  Specific policies will be communicated directly to award recipients from the FASEB MARC Office.

There is a limited amount of funding available.  Submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.
All FASEB MARC Program criteria, ASBMB award application criteria and required event participation noted below must be followed to qualify for reimbursement.  Applicant is responsible for complying with all award criteria and policies posted here and on the FASEB MARC Program website: http://www.faseb.org/MARC-and-Professional-Development.aspx.

Applicant must be a member of one of the following underrepresented groups in science.

  • Black/African American
  • Hispanic American
  • Latino American
  • Chicano American
  • American Indian/Native American (see tribal affiliation certificate below)
  • Pacific Islander (Hawai'i)
  • Pacific Islander (Guam)
  • Pacific Islander (American Samoa)

Applicant must be a current member of ASBMB at the time of travel award application submission and have paid membership dues for the billing cycle which includes the Annual Meeting (Jan-Dec, 2015) prior to application submission.  Member status is verified and tagged to the application at login to the ASBMB travel award application site.

All ASBMB Underrepresented Graduate Student Travel Award applicants/recipients must be USA Citizens or Permanent Residents ('green card') of the USA, and must reside and attend school within the USA or USA territories.  Proof of USA Citizenship or USA Permanent Residency is required.

Applicant must successfully submit an abstract as first author to an ASBMB topic category #2000-2390, by the November 6th abstract submission deadline.  Late-breaking abstracts do not qualify for ASBMB awards.

Students already funded by the MARC Program are not eligible for this award.


Full participation in the ASBMB sponsored pre-meeting/meeting events below is a requirement of award acceptance/reimbursement.  Details will be provided to all award recipients with their award notifications,

  • Friday, March 27, Travel Award Active Networking Program and Poster Presentations,
  • Saturday, March 28, Trainee Professional Development Program,
  • Sunday, March 29, Welcome Reception and Poster Presentations, sponsored by the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee,
  • Sunday, March 29, Award recipients will be matched with mentors and will meet at the meeting and Welcome Reception,
  • Presentation of abstract during the main EB Meeting, date of presentation (Sunday, Monday or Tuesday) will be communicated from EB organizers in late January, prior to the early registration deadline.

A high resolution headshot photo of each award recipient must be submitted to the ASBMB following award notification (instructions will be provided).


Supporting documents must be uploaded as PDF files.  Review, "Submission Instructions," for proper formatting of supporting documents.

  • Research Statement, 500 words describing the focus of your research, inspiration or motivation for studying science, including future career goals  
  • An Extended Abstract version of your successfully submitted abstract, as first author, to an ASBMB topic category (#2000-2390) is required by the FASEB, MARC Office.  A sample of an Extended Abstract, with instructions, can be found through the FASEB MARC web site, located under, “Travel Award Application Forms” : http://www.faseb.org/MARC-and-Professional-Development/Travel-Awards/Scientific-Meetings-and-Conferences.aspx  
  • CV, copy of the applicant's CV  
  • A letter on departmental letterhead signed by your mentor, chair or dean that affirms your student status, and request consideration for an ASBMB Underrepresented Graduate Student Travel Awarded, funded through the FASEB MARC Office.  Be sure to include the email address and daytime phone number of your mentor, chair or dean.
  • Proof of Citizenship Status, legible photocopy of one of the following (Required by the FASEB MARC Office)
    •  Identification page of your valid USA Passport
    • Birth Certificate
    • Certificate of Naturalization
    • Certificate of United States Citizenship
    • Consular Registration of Birth Abroad Form
    • Green Card
  •  Tribal Affiliation Certificate
    If 'American Indian/Native American' is selected, you must specify your tribe and provide a copy of your tribal affiliation certificate.

Read the Travel Award Instructions and follow the link at the end of the instructions page.