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Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

  • Other Funding
  • varies
  • https://www.abrcms.org/

Program Overview

  • The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), recipient of the 2019 AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award, is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success. During the four-day conference, over 2,500 students from over 350 colleges and universities participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. All undergraduate and postbaccalaureate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline are given an award during the closing banquet.

Program Benefits

Program Contact


  • Nationwide
  • 1752 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Type Of Program


  • Collegiate

  • Graduate

  • Post-Bac

  • Pre-Collegiate


  • Aerospace Engineering

  • Agriculture Sciences

  • Applied Mathematics

  • Astronomy

  • Astrophysics

  • Atmospheric Sciences

  • Biochemistry

  • Biology

  • Biotechnology

  • Chemistry

  • Civil Engineering

  • Computational Sciences

  • Computer Engineering

  • Computer Sciences

  • Crop Sciences

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Engineering

  • Environmental Sciences

  • General Engineering

  • Industrial Engineering

  • Life Sciences

  • Materials Science

  • Mathematics

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Neuroscience

  • Physical Sciences

  • Physics

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences

  • STEM




Individuals Served

  • > 10,000

Notable Alumni

Victor Ocasio Ramirez, PhD (postdoctoral fellow, Duke University) and Shelsa Marcel (Gilliam Fellowship winner, bioinformatics and computational biology graduate student, University of North Carolina)

Research, Roles & Responsibilities

Research Components

  • Funding to attend professional development sessions/coursework

  • Mentored research experience(s)

  • Program sponsored (in-house) professional development sessions/ coursework

Identity & Inclusion

  • The environment at ABRCMS promotes diversity and inclusion in all programming and offerings, and, during the meeting, the environment is structured to empower attendees, including students and faculty mentors. The conference infuses inclusivity into their programming by offering designated spaces (e.g., prayer and meditation spaces for different religious faiths, lactation rooms, etc.) and diverse menus (e.g., vegan, nut free) that demonstrate that all are welcome at the conference.

Diversity Groups (Social Identity)

  • Age

  • Disabilities

  • First-Generation

  • Foreign Born (E.G. Undocumented Immigrants; Non-Citizen Of The US)

  • Gender

  • Language Use (E.G. Bilingualism & Bidialectalism)

  • Military/Veteran Status

  • Race-Ethnicity

  • Religion

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Socioeconomic Status (E.G. Low-Income)

Race/Ethnic Minority Group

  • African American/Black

  • Alaska Natives

  • Asian American

  • Hispanic/Latino

  • Native American

  • Native Hawaiians

  • Pacific Islander

Inclusionary Practices/Activities

  • Creation Of A Safe Space/ Climate/Environment

  • Development Of Academic Sense Of Belongingness (E.G. Meetings With Doctoral Scholars, Peer Researchers, Exchanges At Academic Conferences)

  • Orientation (E.G. Reviewing Norms, Expectations, Structures, Goals, And/Or Protocols)

  • Specialized Curricula/Workshops

    E.G. Training For Participants, Directors And/Or Faculty On Imposter Syndrome, Implicit Bias, Microaggressions

  • Specialized Pedagogical Practices (E.G. Multicultural Teaching Practices, Usage Of Gender Pronouns)


Mentoring Components

  • Mentees Are Allowed To Attend Events With Mentors

    I.E. Dinners, Social Events, Conferences, Retreats) Mentees Are Allowed To Attend Events With Mentors (I.E. Dinners, Social Events, Conferences, Retreats

  • Mentor Recognizes The Value Of Mentee

  • Mentors Exchange Social Displays Of Scientific Knowledge And Practices

  • Mentors Provide Support With Academic Or Discipline Specific Knowledge Through Direct Teaching

  • Mentors Provide Support With Goal Setting And Or Career Planning

Empowering Activities

  • Academic Recognition (I.E. Research Credibility, Prestige)

  • Mentoring Opportunities


Key Performance Indicators

Students are encouraged to set short-term and long-term goals, and sessions are organized
to teach them how to master goal setting. Participation in programmed ABRCMS events enhances students’ ability to disseminate their research through research presentations.

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