Undergraduate Travel and Mentoring Award

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is pleased to announce 10 travel grant and mentorship awards for undergraduate students to attend the annual SMBE meeting.

The selected students will participate in a Mentoring and Diversity Program, where by each student will be paired with a mentor to assist them throughout the SMBE meeting.  Five of these positions will be reserved for undergraduates from traditionally under‐represented groups in our scientific discipline. Half of these awards will also be aimed at increasing geographic representation at the SMBE annual meeting.

The goals of this program are:

  • to provide students with the opportunity to experience the excitement of attending and presenting at an international scientific conference,
  • to foster enthusiasm for molecular biology and evolution as well as a possible career in the field,
  • to promote diversity at the SMBE annual meeting.

Award Information

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate students at the time of application.  


Application: Via the abstract submission system for the annual meeting for which the award applies.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • 250 word abstract, describing the research you will present in your poster
  • 250 word statement describing your year of study, subject and institution, and motivation for attending the SMBE meeting (why you want to attend, what you expect to gain)

  • brief ~250 word letter of confirmation and support from an academic supervisor

Grant recipients will prepare and present a poster describing their work at the meeting.  Instructions for preparing posters along with mentoring will be available for help with poster preparation.

Awards: Grant recipients will receive an award of $1500 for North American students and $2000 for non-North American students.

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