The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is a national conference designed to encourage students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical sciences or behavioral sciences, including mathematics and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating student success.

Formerly known as the MARC/MBRS Symposium, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is sponsored by The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Division of Minority Opportunities in Research Program (MORE) and managed by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

During this four day conference, there are scientific sessions, professional development workshops, poster sessions, exhibits and many networking opportunities.
This conference provides opportunities for:

  • Students to share their research project data and demonstrate scientific knowledge
  • Students and faculty advisers to learn about high quality, significant scientific research in the biomedical sciences and to meet individuals who serve as role models and mentors
  • Students and faculty, as well as MORE program directors, to enhance their professional development as biomedical scientists, advisers, educators, and leaders
  • Students to learn about graduate programs and research fellowships in the biomedical sciences

SACNAS continues its tradition of working to increase Native American and Chicano/Latino presence in the scientific community. The SACNAS Conference offers a national forum for investigation of questions related to the theme and the development of a new generation of leaders who will be instrumental in shaping future directions and applications of scientific research.

Offers travel assistance to students and postdocs.


The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 31 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching college and universities. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

The Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) now includes a full weekend of workshops and panels specifically for graduate students preparing to take the next step in their careers. Travel, lodging and meals are provided. Applications will be online each spring.