Undergraduate Student Competitive Travel Award

The ASBMB is accepting applications for travel funding to assist undergraduate students presenting research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology. Please make special note of the eligibility requirements and the required event participation (see below) before applying.

Qualifying travel expenses will be reimbursed, following full participation in the meeting, up to a maximum of $400 US.


  • Applicant must submit an abstract as first/presenting author to an ASBMB topic category, #2000-2324 by Nov. 17 and prior to applying for this award. Abstracts submitted to other sponsoring societies' topic categories and late-breaking abstracts do not qualify.
  • New applicants only -- Only students who have not previously received this award are eligible to apply. Applications for this award will not be considered from previous ASBMB Travel Award recipients.
  • Preference will be given to ASBMB/Student Chapters members. ASBMB member or non-member status is verified electronically and tagged to the application during login to the travel award application system. To qualify for ASBMB member status on a travel award application, membership dues must be paid in full for the billing cycle which includes the Annual Meeting (Jan-Dec, 2017) at least 72 hours prior to application submission.     
  • There are a limited number of travel awards in this category, and funding will be awarded competitively.
  • U.S. residency is not required for this award.

ATTENTION Student Chapters Travel Award designates:  If your Student Chapters adviser has selected you as the designated recipient of your chapter's Student Travel Award (noncompetitive travel award), DO NOT USE THE COMPETITIVE APPLICATION. Go to the Student Chapters Travel Award page for additional information and instructions.
Undergraduate Competitive travel awardees must complete all of the following activities to receive their award:

  1. Present their abstract during the main EB meeting. Abstracts will be presented on Sunday, Monday OR Tuesday in an ASBMB-programmed poster session. Programming notifications will be sent by the EB organizers in February.
  2. Present at the ASBMB Undergraduate Poster Competition on Saturday, April 22.  An invitation to compete will be emailed in January to undergraduate authors of abstracts submitted to ASBMB topic categories #2000-2324.  You cannot sign up for the poster competition until you receive your invitation. Invitations will be emailed to the address provided upon abstract submission through the Experimental Biology abstract submission site.
  3. Attend the undergraduate meeting orientation session on April 22 (time TBD).

Attendance is required at the events listed above. Failure to attend will result in a forfeiture of the travel award.

The following documents are required when applying for this award and must be uploaded as PDF files at the time of application submission.
Review the Travel Award Instructions for information on formatting and labeling supporting documents.

  •  Research essay - The essay must be one to two pages (no more, no less) and should include the following:
    1. Briefly and in general terms describe your research project. Do not restate your abstract, which already provides us with the technical description of your project.
    2. Describe your specific role in the research project and how long you have worked on the project
    3. Describe your inspiration or reason why you love doing research
    4. Detail your post-graduate plans
  • Abstract - upload a copy of the successfully submitted abstract.  Each applicant must successfully submit a unique abstract as first/presenting author to an ASBMB topic category #2000-2324 by Nov. 17 and prior to submission of this application. Review Travel Award Instructions for complete abstract submission criteria.
  • Letter of Recommendation - from your current research adviser.  Please share the following description with your adviser when requesting his/her letter.


The letter of recommendation must be submitted as part of the student’s electronic travel award application. The letter must be on institution letterhead with your signature and uploaded as a PDF by the student with the file name "Student last name_First initial_Recommendation.pdf." If endorsing more than one applicant, please provide a unique letter for each student. Please address the criteria below in 1.5 pages or less.

  1. How well does your student analyze the data, and how well does he/she understand the significance of the data?
  2. What are your student’s strengths at the bench?
  3. Describe other personal qualities that have helped your student succeed in the lab.
  4. How does your student interact with other students in the lab?
  5. How does your student compare with other students you have mentored?
  6. Does your student seem to have a passion for what he/she is doing?
  7. Describe your student’s potential for success in his/her chosen career path.


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