2012 Annual Bio-medical Research Conference for Minortiy Students (ABRCMS) Novemeber 7th-10th, San Jose, California
ABRCMS, the largest professional conference of its kind in the nation, is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the bio-medical and behavioral sciences, including STEM disciplines; it also provides faculty with resources for facilitating student success. More than 3,400 people attended ABRCMS in 2012, including approximately 2,100 students, 550 faculty and program directors, and 540 recruiters for graduate and summer research programs. More than 1,700 of the attending students participated in poster and oral presentations in 12 sub-disciplines of the bio-medical and behavioral sciences. All undergraduate and post-baccalaureate presentations were evaluated by active-researcher scientists, and the students with the highest scores in each scientific discipline and for each educational level received monetary awards. Twenty-five organizations contributed to awards of $250 each to 277 students for outstanding research, and the awards for the microbiology discipline — sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology and New York University School of Medicine, Sackler Institute of Graduate Bio-medical Sciences. Three students from Virginia Commonwealth University student researchers received awards.