General Meeting Student Travel Grants & Outstanding Student Posters


 

Student Travel Grants

Purpose: To provide support for students attending asm2013.

Award: Each Student Travel Grant Award is $500 for use in attending asm2012 to present a poster.

Eligibility: to qualify for consideration the student must:

  • Be an ASM Member and the presenting author;
  • Be an undergraduate student or
  • Be a predoctoral student or
  • Be a PhD or MD (whose degree has been or will be awarded after June 2012 and before May 2013)
  • Have indicated a desire to be considered for the grant on the Abstract Submission;
  • Be accepted to present a poster at the General Meeting and be the presenting author of the abstract.


Selection Criteria:

  • The scientific quality of the submitted abstract
  • The student has not received an similar travel grant award in the last two years
  • Only one travel grant per laboratory
  • The student must be a member of ASM, and
  • A current letter of recomendation for the asm2013 must be on file.


Letter of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation must be received from a faculty member or department head on official letterhead including the following information:

  • The letter must state that the student is expected to be active in the training or degree program at the time of the meeting, or, if the student has completed their terminal degree, the actual date of completion.
  • The abstract control number.

 

Selection Process: Selection is made by the General Meeting Program Committee. The awards are highly competitive and only about 25-30% of those seeking grants will receive them. If a grant recipient cannot present the accepted poster, the recipient MUST notify ASM as soon as possible. The grant will be rescinded and awarded to an alternate.

 


 

The Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Grants

Purpose: To provide support for students attending asm2013.

Award: Each Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Grant Award is $500 for use in attending asm2013 to present a poster and provide an oral presentation of their abstract. 

Eligibility: To qualify for consideration the student must:

  • Meet all the requirements for a Corporate Activities Program (CAP) Student Travel Grant (including a letter of recommendation), and
  • Present research in the area of microbial pathogenesis

 

Selection Criteria:

  • The scientific quality of the submitted abstract
  • The student has not received a similar travel grant award in the last two years
  • Only one travel grant per laboratory
  • The student must be a member of ASM
  • A letter of recommendation must be on file.

 

Selection Process: Only students who meet the criteria for the Student Travel Grant will be considered for this award. The General Meeting Program Committee will review the abstracts of the Student Travel Grant recipients to select those best meeting the requirements of the Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Grant. A maximum of six grants will be awarded to students annually.

 

 



Outstanding Student Posters

The Outstanding Student Poster Category is dedicated to highlighting exceptional students for outstanding research efforts. To qualify for consideration, student must meet the criteria and be selected for a Student Travel Grant, and the abstract has to demonstrate an interdisciplinary nature. Approximately 40 posters will be selected from across the four Divisional Groups for this special session.

Outstanding Student Posters will be presented with the Divisional topic category to which the abstract was submitted on the assigned dates and times. The Outstanding Student Posters will also be presented in a special highlighted area of the Poster Hall.

 


 

Student Travel Grant and Awards Frequently Asked Questions

How do I indicate that I wish to be considered for a Student Travel Grant?
On the abstract submission site under the Main Menu there is a tab titled "Travel Grant Information".  On this page, click “I wish to be considered for a student travel grant…” when asked. You also must be an ASM Member and the presenting author of the abstract.


When and how should I send my faculty letter indicating that I qualify for a Student Travel Grant?

On the abstract submission site under the Main Menu, there is a tab titled "Letter of Recommendation".  This is where you will upload the letter. 


When will I be notified whether or not I received a Student Travel Grant?

Student Travel Grant notifications will be emailed in the week of February 18.


What percentage of Student Travel Grant requests is awarded?

Of the grant requests received, approximately 25-30% will receive awards each year.

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