Undergraduate Student Competitive Travel Award

Read all criteria prior to submitting an application.
The ASBMB is accepting applications for travel funding to assist undergraduate students presenting research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting AND competing in the ASBMB Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition.  The ASBMB Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with Experimental Biology.

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


  • Applicant must submit an abstract, as first/presenting author, to an ASBMB topic category, #2000-2390, by the November 6th abstract submission deadline, prior to applying.  Abstracts submitted to other sponsoring societies and late-breaking abstracts do not qualify.
  • New applicants only.  Students who have never received this award in a prior year are eligible to apply.  Applications for this award will not be considered from previous ASBMB Travel Award recipients.
  • Preference will be given to ASBMB/UAN chapter 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, 2015) 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.

ATTN:  UAN Travel Award Designates and Regional Meeting Travel Award Recipients

If your UAN chapter advisor has selected you as the designated recipient of your chapter's UAN Travel Award (noncompetitive travel award) or if you have been awarded a travel award as a result of a poster competition during a regional meeting, DO NOT USE THE COMPETITIVE APPLICATION.  Go to the Undergraduate Affiliate Network Travel Award page for additional information and instructions.
Submitted abstract must be presented twice at the meeting:

  1. During the main EB meeting.  Abstracts will be presented on Sunday, Monday OR Tuesday, in an ASBMB-programmed poster session that will include a cross-section of all meeting attendees. Programming notifications will be sent by the EB organizers in late January.
  2. ASBMB 19th Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition on Saturday, March 28th.  An invitation to compete will be emailed, in January, to eligible undergraduate, first/presenting authors of abstracts submitted to ASBMB topic categories #2000-2390.  You cannot sign up for the poster competition until you receive your invitation.  Immediately prior to the Poster Competition. an Orientation for undergraduate students will be held from 11:30 am to 12:00pm. Invitations will be emailed to the address provided when you set up your login at the Experimental Biology abstract submission site.

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

  •  Research Essay - The essay must be no less than one page and not to exceed two pages in length 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. Specifically describe your role in the research project and how long you have carried out the project
    3. Describe your inspiration or reason why you love to do 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 #2000-2390, by the November 6th abstract deadline, prior to submission of an application.  Review Travel Award Instructions for complete abstract submission criteria.
  • ADVISOR's Letter of Recommendation - from your current research advisor.  Please share the following description with your advisor when requesting his/her support of your application.

The letter of recommendation for your student must be submitted as part of the student’s electronic travel award application so it can be viewed by the review committee and assist them in distinguishing amongst the applicants.  Please address the criteria below within no more than 1.5 pages.  If endorsing more than one applicant, please provide a unique letter for each student.

Electronic letterhead and signature or a scanned version of the letter must be submitted as a .pdf file.  Include the student’s name as part of the file name as in the following sample format, Last name_First initial_Recommendation.pdf.

Offer a detailed evaluation of your student including discussion of the following:

  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


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