Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) Travel Awards for Students and Postdocs

MAC travel awards are supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. To qualify for a travel award, you must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership and you must be the first author on a submitted abstract. As this is a federally funded program, it is restricted to US citizens and green card holders. Individuals from the following groups who have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for MAC travel awards: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. Additionally, individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, are also eligible.

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Award Overview:

MAC travel awards are available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, to cover expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. The maximum award is US$1800. To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The proximity of the applicant’s institution to San Francisco will be taken into consideration when setting the award amount. The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, scientific merit, and educational and professional interests.

Steps To Apply for Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Postdocs:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for a MAC Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process. Applicants must be the first author on a submitted abstract.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Send Letter of Recommendation – A letter of recommendation from the principal investigator/advisor must be submitted with this travel award application. Address the letter of support to “MAC Travel Award Review Committee.” The letter should address the applicants need for financial assistance to attend the meeting, how the meeting attendance will benefit the applicant, and the scientific merit of the applicants’ work.

How to Send Your Letter of Recommendation:

Your advisor will be sent a URL through which he/she can directly upload a letter of recommendation. In your confirmation email you will receive a link that will enable you to change anything on your application or upload a new advisor letter if necessary until September 1, 2016.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.

Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) Travel Awards for Junior Faculty and Faculty at Undergraduate Teaching Institutions

MAC travel awards are supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. To qualify for a travel award, you must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership and you must submit an abstract. As this is a federally funded program, it is restricted to US citizens and green card holders. Individuals from the following groups who have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for MAC travel awards: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. Additionally, individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, are also eligible.

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Award Overview:

MAC Travel Awards are available to junior faculty and faculty at undergraduate teaching institutions to cover expenses to attend the annual meeting. Preference will be given to those who are beginning their careers, bringing students to the meeting, and/or those who demonstrate financial need. The maximum award is US$1800. To qualify for a travel award, an applicant must be an ASCB member or have recently submitted an application for ASCB membership. The proximity of the applicant’s institution to San Francisco will be taken into consideration when setting the award amount. The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee will select the award winners on the basis of financial need, stage of professional development, and scientific merit.

Steps To Apply:

  • Submit Abstract- To qualify for consideration for a MAC Faculty Travel Award, abstracts must be submitted to the meeting through the regular abstract submission process.
  • Complete and Submit the Application – Provide your contact information and answer questions about yourself. Each applicant must complete this application separately.
  • Submit an Abbreviated CV and One- to Two-Page Statement – Please upload your abbreviated CV and a one- to two-page statement 1) explaining your objectives in attending the meeting, and 2) describing how attendance at the meeting will have an impact on your career and/or teaching.

Deadline and Disposition Notification:

The application deadline is September 1, 2016. A completed application includes:
  • Application form
  • Abbreviated CV and One-to Two Page Statement
Applicants will be notified via email in early October regarding the status of their application. Questions? Click here.
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