In early November, FASEB and 15 FASEB member societies joined over 4,300 students, trainees, program directors, academic administrators, grant officials, and others at the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix. ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Scientific society participation is a key component of ABRCMS. The FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program has participated as an exhibitor and sponsor each year since the conference’s inception in 2001. Since 2004, FASEB MARC Program has co-sponsored FASEB member society participation on “FASEB Row.” This year, 15 member societies participated, the first 12 on “FASEB Row”:
- American Association of Anatomists (AAA)
- The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF)
- American Aging Association (AGE)
- The American Physiological Society (APS)
- American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)
- American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)
- Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
- Endocrine Society (ES)
- Society for Developmental Biology (SDB)
- Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM)
- The Protein Society (PS)
- The Teratology Society (TS)
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
- The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
- Society of Toxicology (SOT)
FASEB Diversity Resources activities at ABRCMS 2017 included:
- Sponsorship of 58 undergraduate students through FASEB Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring (DREAM) Travel Awards. All students presented their research at the meeting.
- Sponsorship of a Presentation Practice Workshop and Peer/Near-Peer Mentoring Sessions for student attendees. This activity was offered in partnership with the American Society for Microbiology.
- Sponsorship of 19 mentoring sessions; 14 mentors are affiliated with FASEB member societies: Michelle Juarez, SDB, Genetics Society of America; Kamilah Grant, Society for the Study of Reproduction; Noraida Martinez-Rivera, The Histochemical Society, ABRF; Tyesha Burks, AGE; Kanika Pulliam and Teresa Ramirez, ASHG; Melissa Mason, SSR; LeeCole Legette, The American Society for Nutrition; Sherri-Gae Scott, SDB; Shaun Logan, AAA; Kennie Shepherd, Jayne Reuben, and L’Aurelle Johnson, ASPET; and Oliver Jenkins, Jr., American College of Sports Medicine.
- Back by popular demand, the FASEB Ink tattoo booth provided “pain-free PhDs” and other scientifically relevant temporary tattoos, along with “three-minutes-in-the-chair” mentoring sessions during the tattoo sessions.
- The FASEB Think Tank booth was unveiled, posing next-generation training and workforce development questions, and encouraging interactive engagement with students, trainees, and other booth visitors.
- The FASEB MARC Peer Mentor Pod gave students one-on-one and group mentoring, personal statements reviews, CV/resume critiques, and career advice and counseling from FASEB peer/near-peer mentors.
FASEB’s diversity resources program also sponsored a graduate student, Veronica Haywood, to attend the Society for Glycobiology (SfG) 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on November 5-8. Haywood had the opportunity to present her research poster linking skin and oral mucous membrane with the process of wound healing.
To learn more about supporting the development and recruitment of underrepresented students in the STEM field, visit FASEB’s professional development webpage.