The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution offers travel awards for undergraduate students to attend their annual meeting and recent mentoring there, this year in Yokohama, Japan (http://smbe2018.jp). Eligibility includes Masters students under a 3+2 system. Eligibility is based on status at the time of application.
Awardees will receive 1500-2000 USD ($) toward travel and registration fees (the larger amount is for long-haul travel, the smaller for within Australasia). You will also be assigned a mentor at the meeting to advise you and to introduce you to potential collaborators, PhD supervisors, etc. You will also participate in the meeting’s poster session with a poster you will prepare on your research.
In order to apply, you need to prepare the following:
1. an abstract describing your research (<250 words)
2. a short explanation of why you want to attend this meeting, including mention of whether you fall into a group traditionally underrepresented at SMBE, such as enrolling in university later in life or being the first in your family to attend university (<250 words)
3. a short letter of support from your academic supervisor, confirming that the research is your own (<250 words)
4. a scan or photo of your student ID to confirm eligibility
Applications can be made through the SMBE abstract submission system at http://smbe2018.jp/cf_abstract.html, which has been extended to accept submissions until Feb 1. You can either submit all components there, or you can have your advisor email their support letter to Joanna Masel firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already submitted your abstract but have not yet applied for the award, you can email in your award materials. The deadline for receiving award materials by email (conditional on having submitted an abstract) is Feb 8.
You can find more information on the travel awards at http://www.smbe.org/smbe/AWARDS/AnnualMeetingTravelAwards/UndergraduateTravelandMentoringAward.aspx or send an email to Joanna Masel email@example.com.