ABRCMS Fellow Itinerary

ABRCMS 2016 Fellow Itinerary

2016 Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative Fellowship

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students

November 9-12, 2016

Tampa, Florida

Upon acceptance to the program, participants will be required to reaffirm the commitment to completing the schedule below including:

    • Participation in orientation and training webinar(s)
    • Participation in ASM-LINK sponsored activities
    • Participation in online learning community
    • Participation in post-conference assessments for up to 1 year
Download ABRCMS itinerary for UFRI fellows
October 2016

Pre-conference webinar series
"Building Research Programs at Predominately Undergraduate Institutions"

BRP Online (click here to register for webcast and resources)

  • Webinar 1: "Setting Up and Managing a Research Program with Undergraduates"
  • Webinar 2: "Designing Undergraduate Research Projects"
  • Webinar 3: "Establishing (and Growing) your Undergraduate Research Program"
November 2016

Pre-conference assignment  

Creating a networking plan and elevator talk of needs


Watch the free on-demand webinar "Leveraging Your ASM Conference Experience" and complete the following:

      • Identify 3-5 contacts (take a personal inventory of needs and likely resources)

      • Plan to engage others at meeting (attend talk/posters, schedule meetings, etc.)

      • Plan to follow-up (how to leverage contacts post-meeting)

November 8-9

Featured LINK Workshop

"Beginning a Research Program at a Non-Doctoral Institution"

Tuesday, November 8              5:00pm-9:30pm
Wednesday, November 9       7:30am-2:00pm

Mary Crowe, Miriam Segura-Totten, Jessica Reichmuth, Vanessa McRae

Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give individual pre-tenured faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses. A range of topics will be covered during the institute that shows ways to achieve career success in undergraduate research by learning how to:

      • select undergraduate researchers;

      • mentor student researchers and develop and use their research skills;

      • manage time - balancing teaching, research and service activities;

      • develop and select research projects appropriate for undergraduates;

      • adapt to an undergraduate research environment vs. that in graduate school;

      • link research to the classroom; and

      • develop grantsmanship skills related to gaining external and institutional research support.

November 9

Featured LINK session

"Entering Mentoring: Research Mentor Training for Faculty Working with Undergraduates" (2:00pm)
Harlan Jones, PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Sonia Zarate, PhD, University of San Diego
"State of the ASM-LINK program and Opportunities with the National Science Foundation" (5:00pm)

Kelly Diggs-Andrews, PhD, American Society for Microbiology
Lubna Abu-Niaaj, PhD, Central State University
Olga Steinberg-Neifach, PhD, Hostos Community College, CUNY

Other recommended sessions
"Do You Fair Play? A Workshop about Unconscious Bias in Academia" (2:00pm)         

"Bringing Mentees and Mentors Together in a National Mentoring Network" (5:00pm)

Networking at plenary talks, special interest sessions, posters, and symposia

November 10

Featured LINK session

"High-Caliber Research at Non-Research Institutions: Models of Effective Undergraduate Research Programs" (8:00pm)

Alvin Holder, PhD, Old Dominion University
Patrick Martin, PhD, North Carolina A&T State University

ABRCMS Judging Program

Other recommended sessions
"NIH Grants Management Workshop" (9:15am)

Networking at plenary talks, special interest sessions, posters, and symposia
November 11

Featured LINK session

"Second Messenger-Dependent Processes in Cyanobacteria: Implications for Biotechnology and Optogenetics" (9:15am)

Beronda Montgomery, PhD, Michigan State University

ABRCMS Judging Program

Other recommended sessions

"Small World Initiative: Building Scientists One Class at a Time" (2:00pm)

Reception for Speakers, Exhibitors, Judges, and Program Directors (6:30pm)

Networking at plenary talks, special interest sessions, posters, and symposia

November 12

Featured LINK session

ABRCMS-UFRI Focus Group (3:00pm)

ABRCMS Judging Program

Networking at plenary talks, special interest sessions, posters, and symposia

November 19

Post-conference assignment

Networking and Research Assessment

      • What contacts did you make?

      • What was the nature of engagement with these contacts?

      • Describe the specific steps you will take to maintain and further this network.

      • How will you utilize these contacts to further your research career?

      • What additional connections (collaborators/mentors) do you need to further your professional contacts and research career?

      • What research ideas were generated during or after your participation in the ABRCMS meeting?

      • What steps will you take to further this research agenda?


May 2017

November 2017

Post-conference mentoring and follow-up reports (biannual)

Networking progression

      • Describe any ASM programs/activities in which you have participated since the ABRCMS meeting.

      • Describe how your network has changed/developed since the ABRCMS meeting.

      • Describe the nature of the relationships within your network.

      • What skills (networking/research) skills have you developed since the ABRCMS meeting?

      • What specific steps do you need to take to further your research career?

      • What specific knowledge/skills need to be further developed?

      • Describe any barriers you experienced to accomplishing your goals. What have you done to overcome these barriers?

      • How have you shared what you have learned from this fellowship with your peers and colleagues?