ASBMR Underrepresented Minority Mentorship Awards
The ASBMR has low representation (~1%) from underrepresented minority (URM)* scientists. The ASBMR URM Mentorship Awards Program aims to increase networking and mentorship opportunities as well as increasing active participation and representation from individuals in this group at the ASBMR Annual Meeting. Selected applicants will receive $1,000 USD in funding to help offset costs associated with traveling to the ASBMR Annual Meeting, as well as one-on-one mentorship with an ASBMR senior investigator.
ASBMR URM Mentorship Awards will be provided to 10 selected applicants from underrepresented groups of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty and clinicians (within 5 years of obtaining a Ph.D. or M.D.) to attend the ASBMR Annual Meeting. $1,000 USD in funding will help to offset expenses associated with traveling to the ASBMR Annual Meeting including meeting registration, housing, meals, air and ground transportation, and tips. Disbursement of the travel funds will conform to the ASBMR travel policy.
Prior to the ASBMR Annual Meeting, awardees will be matched with a senior member of the ASBMR who will provide one-on-one mentorship. Mentors will agree to attend the mentees abstract presentation (either oral or poster), meet one-on-one with the mentee at least one time during the conference, and attend the Diversity Reception with the mentee. During the Diversity Reception, both will receive a certificate for the award.
- Current ASBMR member
- Submit an abstract as the first and presenting author to the ASBMR Annual Meeting
- Student/trainee or within five years of completion of a Ph.D., M.D., residency training or equivalent
- Have not received any other ASBMR-funded travel or young investigator support for current year Annual Mtg.
- Self-identify with one of the following race/ethnicities, according to *NIH’s definition of under-represented minorities: black/African American, Hispanics or Latino, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander
*Please note: The ASBMR’s awards and programs specific to underrepresented minority and diverse groups has governing criteria defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH defines underrepresented minority group status in the institutes Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity, which can be found here. Additional underrepresented minority group definitions can be found on the National Institutes of Health Diversity of Extramural Programs webpage.
The application period will open on Monday, February 8, 2021 and close on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. The following application materials are required:
- Career Objectives, provide a summary of your career objectives. Include career goals, training needs, and any areas where Annual Meeting attendance and mentoring would be beneficial. (Summary should be no more than two pages.)
- Annual Meeting Abstract (draft form acceptable), Attach the abstract or a draft of the abstract you plan to submit for the ASBMR Annual Meeting. Abstract text must be no more than 400 words.
- Letter of Support, Attach one (1) letter of support from an academic reference. Your academic reference can be from a mentor, collaborator, or senior researcher in lab or at institution. In the case of a graduate or undergraduate student applicants, the academic reference must come from a Principal Investigator of a lab or equivalent.
- Current CV or Biosketch
If awarded an ASBMR URM Mentorship Award, the awardee commits to submitting an abstract to the ASBMR Annual Meeting, and attending the meeting. If the awardee is unable to attend the Annual Meeting, travel funding and mentorship will not be provided. In the event that the Annual Meeting is held virtually, the awardee will receive complimentary meeting registration in lieu of travel funding, and mentor/mentee meetings will be held virtually.