The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) actively engages in the recruitment, development and advancement of underrepresented minorities throughout the nutrition field. ASN is the premier scientific/medical society in nutrition and is a professional home for over 5,000 nutrition scientists and health practitioners. As the face of science changes, ASN aims to nurture and support the scientific talent and achievement of underrepresented minority scientists and health practitioners. The society is also proud to be a leader in the struggle to promote health and reduce health disparities.
Advantages for our minority members include:
- Access to education and professional development opportunities year-round and at our Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB)
- Networking events to meet colleagues and other industry professionals, including a special luncheon at EB
- Award opportunities and recognition, including travel awards for investigator-mentors at EB
- Access to research funding, grants, mentoring, scholarships, and fellowships
- Joint efforts with other organizations committed to advancing minorities in science, such as Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and SACNAS
- Connecting young minority investigators to Summer Research Opportunities
Students and post-doctorates from under-represented minority groups or institutions are eligible for additional benefits:
Download our advantages flyer for additional information.
Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee
ASN’s Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee offers a chance to get involved and make an impact as a volunteer leader for ASN. The committee enhances the participation of scientists from minority groups in the activities of ASN by sponsoring special events and symposia.
Join ASN today so we can increase the pool of minority scientists and maintain and retain those scientists with support of their activities and careers. We are planning to expand our efforts with an ambassador program, additional travel awards to more meetings, and co-programming with ASN student affiliate chapters.
Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition
Organized by the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee and supported by DSM Nutritional Products
||This competition provides an opportunity for young investigators from underrepresented communities within the biomedical and life sciences to participate in the annual meeting by discussing their research findings. Finalists will strengthen presentation and professional skills associated with a career in the sciences.
- Registered graduate student, medical student or medical trainee who has not received a doctoral research degree prior to the abstract deadline.
- From a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Native Americans who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, and Natives of the USA Pacific Islands (Guam, Hawai’i and American Samoa only.)
- Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award during abstract submission in the designated check off box.
- During abstract submission, a brief statement must be provided that addresses the applicant’s role in the research contained in the abstract; how the research connects to applicant’s career objectives in nutrition science or practice.
- Six finalists will be selected to participate in a special oral session to be held at Nutrition 2018.
- Grand Prize winner will be identified from finalists following the oral session. The Grand Prize winner will receive a modest monetary award, pending external funding.
Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter (formerly called MARC) Travel Awards
Through FASEB, the Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter (formerly called MARC) Travel Awards will provide funding to trainees who are presenting at Nutrition 2018 and wish to have a mentored meeting experience. Full-time undergraduate/graduate/medical students and postdoctoral/clinical trainee fellows at accredited educational institutions are eligible to apply. These federally-funded awards are restricted to USA Citizens/Legal Permanent Residents of the USA, who also reside in the USA or USA territories. Awards offer up to $1,850 to be applied to travel and meeting registration for Nutrition 2018. Trainees funded by NIH F, K and T awards are eligible to receive travel support from FASEB.
Preference for these awards is given to members of FASEB societies, including ASN. While FASEB and NIH encourage students and postdoctoral fellows from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences to apply, preference is not given to these individuals.
Mentored Poster/Platform Presenter Travel Award awardees cannot accept funding from any other sponsoring organization. Therefore, while awardees may still apply for and compete in any ASN award competition, they cannot receive additional funding from ASN. Though, if an ASN award competition is won, individuals will still have the honor to post these accomplishments on their CV.
To be considered, applicants must submit an abstract by the January 18, 2018 deadline and complete the award application by May 8, 2018.
More details and application.
For more information about the FASEB Travel Award Opportunities, click here.