Introducing the ABRCMS Graduate Symposium

Important Deadlines

  • Graduate Student Travel Award Deadline: August 17
  • Graduate Student Abstract Submission Deadline: September 9

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About the Graduate Symposium

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS) introduces its inaugural ABRCMS Graduate Student Symposium, designed for graduate students (master’s-level and doctoral-level) from 12 STEM disciplines. The goal of the symposium is to:

• Highlight graduate students' research through oral presentations,
• Build graduate students' scientific networks with STEM and career professionals, and
• Strengthen graduate students' professional development skills.

The symposium will be held November 8–9, 2022 (1.5 days) at the Anaheim Marriott (across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center) prior to the official start of the ABRCMS conference.


 Tuesday, November 8, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Headshot Lounge Open
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcome & Overview
9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Graduate Student Coaching: A Proactive Approach to Career Success
10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Navigating Career Choices
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch (on own) | Headshot Lounge Open
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Graduate Student Oral Presentations
3:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. LinkedIn, Resumes, Interviews, Oh my!: Developing Effective Job Search Strategies to Boost Your Career
4:10 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. When You Have to Be the Best: Navigating Career Transitions
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Finding Success as a Postdoc
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Navigating the Impact of Microaggressions
6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Graduate Student Networking Reception | Headshot Lounge
 Wednesday, November 9, 2022
8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Headshot Lounge Open
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Enacting Change Through Cultivation of Graduate Student Activism and Engagement with Social Justice
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Graduate Student Oral Presentations
11:25 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Networking Lunch (on own) | Headshot Lounge Open
12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. Acing Time Management, from Surviving to Thriving
12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m. Career Exploration
1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Open Forum


All participants must be registered for the main ABRCMS conference.

Register Now 

Note: The symposium is first come, first serve as there are only 200 slots available.


Submit an Abstract

Don't miss your chance to be part of the inaugural ABRCMS Graduate Symposium and connect with peers, leading experts, faculty, and established researchers from a national audience who share your scientific interests. The abstract submission site is open to all graduate students (masters’-level and doctoral-level).
Note: Master-level graduate students are (also) eligible to submit an abstract for poster presentation during the main ABRCMS conference.

Abstract Submissions are Now Closed.


Need Travel Funds to Attend?

ABRCMS is offering travel awards to help offset the costs of attending the conference. 

Travel Award Applications are Now Closed.

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