• ASBMB 2016 Annual Meeting

Graduate Student Travel Award supported by the Minority Affairs Committee

Read all criteria prior to submitting an application. 

The ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award supported by the Minority Affairs Committee is available to support a portion of the travel expenses of underrepresented, graduate student, first authors presenting research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2016, in San Diego, CA. 
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 $1,000.00 US.  

There is a limited amount of funding available.  Submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.

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, 2016) prior to application submission.  Member status is verified and tagged to the application at login to the ASBMB travel award application site. 

All ASBMB Graduate Student Travel Award supported by the Minority Affairs Committee 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 #2000-2697, by the November abstract submission deadline.  Late-breaking abstracts do not qualify for ASBMB awards. 

Students who receive funding 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, April 1, Travel Award Active Networking Event,
  • Saturday, April 2, Trainee Professional Development Program and Poster Sessions,
  • Sunday, April 3, Welcome Reception and Poster Presentations, sponsored by the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee,
  • Sunday, April 3, 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.

  • Statement - 500 words describing your career goals and how/why attending EB2016 will be beneficial to you.
  • Abstract - copy of your successfully submitted abstract as first/presenting author to an ASBMB topic category.
  • Current Advisor's Letter of Recommendation - in support of your application, must be submitted with the other supporting documents at the time of application – see “Note to Advisors” below.  
  • Proof of Citizenship Status, legible photocopy of one of the following
    •  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.


A letter of recommendation is required from each applicant's current research advisor and must be uploaded at the time of application submission.  Address the letter of support to "ASBMB Travel Award Review Committee."  Letter must be on institution letterhead and include the advisor's signature.  

Letter of recommendation should address the following:  

  • Scientific merit of applicant's work
  • How meeting attendance will benefit applicant's professional development  
  • Applicant's need for financial assistance to attend meeting.  

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