Graduate Student Travel Award
The Graduate Student Travel Award, supported by the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee, will be awarded competitively to assist underrepresented graduate student members presenting research at the ASBMB annual meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology.
Awarded applicants will be reimbursed for qualifying travel expenses up to a maximum of $1,000. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding.
- ASBMB membership, active members in good standing (processing of renewals payments and/or new membership applications must be completed a minimum of two business days prior to application submission).
- Abstract, successfully submitted, as first author, to an ASBMB designated topic by the Nov. 14, 2019, deadline.
- Applicant must not have received this award in 2019.
- No more than two travel awards may be awarded to a single lab.
- Applicant must be a member of one of the following groups that have been identified as being underrepresented in the biomedical sciences:
- Black or African American
- Hispanic American
- Latino American
- Chicano American
- American Indian/Native American
- Pacific Islander (Hawaii)
- Pacific Islander (Guam)
- Pacific Islander (American Samoa)
Award recipients are required to participate fully in the following ASBMB Career Development Program and mentoring activities. Failure to attend the events listed below will result in forfeiture of the travel award.
- High-resolution headshot photo, instructions provided with award notification.
- Friday, April 3: ASBMB Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Awardee Networking Reception (5–7 p.m.).
- Saturday, April 4: ASBMB Professional Development Programming for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Awardees. (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
- Sunday, April 5: Presentation of abstract poster at the ASBMB Welcome Reception sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee (evening, time tba). Award recipients will be matched with mentors and will meet them at the Welcome Reception.
- Presentation of submitted abstract during the main EB Meeting. Abstract programming notifications will include the presentation schedule and format (sent approx. late-January).
How to apply/supporting documents
Supporting documents must be uploaded as PDF files. Review the travel award instructions for information on formatting and labeling supporting documents.
- Statement — 500 words describing your career goals and why attending EB2020 will be beneficial to you.
- Abstract — copy of abstract submitted as first/presenting author to an ASBMB designated topic. Please print and upload the copy from the "proof read" step in the abstract submission system.
- Letter of recommendation from your current advisor — letter must be submitted with other documents at the time of application (see Note to advisor, below).
- Resume or abbreviated curriculum vitae (two–three pages approximately).
Note to advisor
Applicant — share the following with your current research adviser, well in advance of submitting an application.
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 "The ASBMB Travel Award Review Committee." The letter must be on institution letterhead and include the advisor's signature.
The letter of recommendation should address each of the following:
- How meeting attendance will benefit applicant's professional development
- Applicant's need for financial assistance to attend meeting
- Scientific merit of applicant's work