Undergraduate Student Travel Awards

Description:  SEMSS Undergraduate Student Travel Awards will be given to undergraduate students who are interested in exploring careers as physician-scientists. These travel awards are funded by an R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS) and will consist of a $125.00 stipend to help cover the hotel cost and to offset any additional travel/conference expenses.

In order to be considered for a travel award, you must fill out the form on this page, submit your abstract to the general abstract page, and register to attend the conference.

Deadline: September 30th, 2018


  • Students must be authors on an abstract submitted to SEMSS.
  • Students must be able to attend SEMSS and present a poster based on the submitted abstract.
  • Students must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student and have not received their Bachelor’s degree prior to the SEMSS conference.
  • Students must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Applications are evaluated on:

  • The quality and originality of research project.
  • The student’s contribution to the research project.
  • The candidate’s potential as a physician-scientist.
  • The candidate’s access to SEMSS (i.e. distance from conference location, lack of local undergraduate institution support for meeting travel expenses, etc).

Questions and concerns can be addressed to: physci@uab.edu

Download the application description and instructions. 

Undergraduate Student Travel Award Application

1.)You must also separately register for the SEMSS meeting, 2) submit your abstract for presentation at the meeting (under "Abstract Submission") and 3.) submit your abstract with the travel award application.

Name *
Please select the ethnic category that best describes you. *
Which of the following would you say is your racial or ethnic background (choose all that apply)? *
Do you come from a disadvantaged background? *
If granted the travel award, are you interested in sharing your contact information with other award winners? *
Please indicate whether other students from your college or university will attend SEMSS.
Please select one statement that most aptly describes your situation. If your attendance is contingent upon receipt of the travel award you may wait to register for SEMSS until all travel award decisions have been made. If not, you may register at any time.
Please limit the abstract to 300 words, excluding title, authors, and affiliations. List the presenting author first and follow the following format for the abstract: Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion. Do not include references and define abbreviations the first time they appear. Preference will be given to students who are first author on the abstract.
A personal statement (300 word maximum) explaining: the candidate’s contribution to the project; the candidate’s future career plans; the relevance of the SEMSS experience to the candidate’s future career plans.
CV or Resume Submission *
Your application will not be complete until you email your resume or CV highlighting activities demonstrating your potential as a physician-scientist to southeasternmdphd@gmail.com with the subject Undergraduate Student Travel Award. Please name your file in this format: "Last name-First Name-resume 2018".

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by NIH R13GM109532 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health.  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government."