To move the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) forward, it's crucial that there is more diversity, which means the inclusion of those who have been historically marginalized from working in these fields. The first ABRCMS hosted by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in 2001, was founded to encourage minority, first-generation, veteran, and disabled students to pursue higher education in STEM. Recently, ABRCMS has expanded to include:

  • a hybrid conference,
  • an ePoster Spring Symposium for Emerging Scientists,
  • a Graduate Symposium,
  • and ABRCMS365.

Learn more about each program below!

ABRCMS four-day hybrid conference

  • More than 2,300 poster, ePoster and oral presentations given by community college, undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and Graduate students
  • Scientific and professional development sessions
  • More than 500 exhibit booths
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities
  • Plenary speakers
  • Conference programming tracks for community college, undergraduate, graduate & postdoctoral scientists, and non-students
  • Awards banquet
7 Sessions at ABRCMS 20232 Student Presentations at ABRCMS 202311 ABRCMS 2023 Exhibitors

ABRCMS ePoster Spring Symposium for Emerging Scientists

  • An ePoster gallery
  • Personalized feedback for students from judges
  • Conference programming tracks for students (community college, undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and graduate students), postdoctoral scientists, faculty, program directors, administrators and exhibitors.
  • Live virtual presentations by selected students

ABRCMS Graduate Symposium

  • Highlights doctoral students' research through oral presentations,
  • Builds all graduate students' scientific networks with STEM and career professionals, and
  • Strengthens all graduate students' professional development skills

1 ABRCMS 2023 Graduate Symposium Attendance


  • Live and on-demand professional development sessions for individuals at various education and career levels
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • A STEM Career and Research Summit

9 ABRCMS365 2023 Registrations

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Who Attends ABRCMS?

Attendee Type  2016 2017 2018 2019 2022 2023*
Students 2,574 2,742 2,965 3,408 3,863 3,862
High Schoolers N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 36
Undergrads/Postbacs 2,148 2,374 2,481 2,870 2,977 2,963
Grads/Postdocs 426 350 484 538 849 842
Exhibitors 681 835 859 894 906 1026
Program Directors & Faculty 557 587 626 658 667 1111
Others/Admin 260 206 221 300 545 49
Total 4,072 4,352 4,671 5,260 5,981 6,027

 *Includes all ABRCMS 2023 programs (hybrid conference, ePoster Spring Symposium for Emerging Scientists, Graduate Symposium, and ABRCMS365).


3 ABRCMS 2023 Abstract Submissions by Scientific Discipline  6 ABRCMS 2023 Abstract Submissions  4 Ethnicities Represented at ABRCMS 2023
8 ABRCMS 2023 Student Travel Awards  10 ABRCMS 2023 Judge Travel Awards  


Why Should I Attend?

Take a look at the different opportunities.

Community College
Community College Students
  • Present your research
  • Learn how to transition to a
    4-year university
  • Secure a summer research program
  • Network with faculty & administrators
    from universities around the
  • Hear from leaders in the STEM field
  • Explore opportunities for community college students 
Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate students
  • Present your research
  • Explore grad schools across the nation
  • Learn about cutting-edge science from leaders in the STEM fields
  • Feel a part of a community
  • Explore funding options for graduate school
  • Network and find future collaborators 
  • Connect with mentors
  • Be motivated by speakers who have gone on similar journeys
  • Find out about different career options
  • Develop your professional skills set
  • Explore opportunities professional societies
Graduate students
  • Make connections with peers and faculty from across the nation
  • Learn about postdoctoral positions
  • Feel a part of our community
  • Mentor undergraduates
  • Sharpen your professional development skills
  • Exhibit with your university
  • Share your experiences to inspire others
  • Learn about cutting edge science
  • Hear from leaders in STEM
Postdoctoral scientists
  • Judge student presentations
  • Share your experiences with undergraduates and graduates
  • Mentor young scientists
  • Connect with institutions from across the nation
  • Exhibit with your university/institution
  • Learn about cutting edge science
  • Hear from leaders in STEM
  • Enhance your professional development skills
  • Explore career options
  • Recruit talented students 
  • Judge student presentations
  • Network with students and peers
  • Mentor the next generation
  • Build your connections
  • Learn how to help underrepresented minorities succeed in STEM fields
Program Directors,
Faculty and Administrators
  • Learn about funding programs
  • Judge student presentations
  • Mentor talented students
  • Network with peers from across the nation
  • Learn how to help underrepresented minorities succeed
  • Find collaborators
  • Enhance your mentoring skills
  • Learn about cutting edge science
  • Attend sessions specific to your needs
  • Share your experiences with the next generation

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