ABRCMS: A Research Conference for STEM Students & Faculty

Sept. 25, 2019

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in STEM. Students attend this conference to present their research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools and network. Research faculty and program directors play an essential role in mentoring students and learning strategies for facilitating student success.

You will not want to miss this conference. Register today to be a part of this life-changing, engaging and insightful experience in STEM. See you in Anaheim, CA on November 13 – 16, 2019.
Register for ABRCMS
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which is also the recipient of the 2019 AIMBE Excellence in STEM Education Award is heading to Anaheim, CA on November 13 – 16, 2019. This year, ABRCMS will assemble over 4,500 students, research faculty and programs directors to enhance their scientific and professional development skills, as well as, network with their scientific discipline peers.
2019 ABRCMS received 390 submissions more compared to 2018. Out of the 2,784 submissions, 2,676 were accepted for presentation to this year’s conference in all 12 STEM disciplines.

Who’s Who among ABRCMS Speakers 

Headshot of Dr. Talithia Williams
Headshot of Dr. Talithia Williams
In an effort to create mentoring relationships among students and scientists, this year’s program features scientists and speakers who understand the adversities of being an underrepresented minority in science, yet have paved the way and will encourage you to pursue your aspirations. The opening keynote speaker, Talithia Williams, Ph.D. had a knack for biology, but in high school she fell in love with mathematics. Because she did not encounter many mathematicians of color, she began to think of other career paths. After attending Spelman College, Dr. Williams recognized there were mathematicians who looked like her, and through their mentorship and insight, she pursued a career in mathematics. Today, Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and the first black women to receive tenure at Harvey Mudd College. On Wednesday, November 13, Dr. Talithia Williams will give a talk titled: Power in Numbers: Unveiling Hidden Figures.

Headshot of Dr. Olajide Williams
Headshot of Dr. Olajide Williams
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olajide Williams, M.D., Ph.D. is the founder of Hip Hop Public Health and serves as Chief of Staff of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services and Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. After attending medical school in Nigeria, Dr. Williams’ saw firsthand the challenges that underprivileged people face and wanted to pursue a career aiding them. Dr. Williams developed an NIH-funded program, Hip Hop Stroke, which utilizes hip-hop music and popular culture to engage children on the importance of stroke services and how to potentially save lives. On Thursday, November 14, Dr. Olajide Williams will give a talk titled: Hip Hop Stroke: an Investigator initiated NIH-Funded Journey. 

Headshot of Dr. John Carpten
Headshot of Dr. John Carpten
John D. Carpten, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair for the Department of Translational Genomics and Director of the Institute for Translational Genomics in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Dr. Carpten steered a groundbreaking study which resulted in the discovery of a mutation (AKT1(E17K)) that causes human cancers. Through his research, he hopes to improve outcomes for cancer patients. On Friday, November 15, Dr. John D. Carpten will give a talk titled: The Impact of Heterogeneity in Cancer Genome Science.

Headshot of Soledad O'Brien
Headshot of Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O’Brien will give the Closing Keynote on Saturday, November 16. Born from two immigrant parents, O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author, philanthropist and host of the weekly syndicated political show, “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” An advocate of diversity, she gives voice to the underserved and disenfranchised through her Emmy-winning reporting and acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and Latino in America. O’Brien is an advocate for diversity and social justice and encourages her audiences to think broadly about life occurrences, change and equality. 

What's What in Professional Development 

ABRCMS attendees will be able to enhance their professional development skill-set to pursue advanced training and careers in the biomedical science. Our professional development session leaders will engage the attendees by strengthening curriculum development, teaching strategies, mentorship, DEI, graduate school preparation, career pathways, and more. The concurrent professional development speakers include, but are not limited to:
  • Drs. Anthony DePass & Daryl Chubin (Understanding Interventions) - Title: The GRE and Graduate Admission: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions
  • Dr. Robert Duke (University of Texas at Austin) - Title: How We Learn…and How We Don’t
  • Dr. Alden Landry (Harvard Medical School) - Title: Overcoming Imposture Syndrome and Stereotype Threat
  • Dr. Juanita Merchant (University of Arizona) – Title: Cancer Center - M.D.-Ph.D., Is it Right for Me? 
  • Dr. Morgan Hull & Ms. Janice Reuben (University of Michigan) - Title: Creating an Online Toolkit for Supporting Nontraditional Student Success 2.0 

What's What in Science

ABRCMS has expanded the scientific scope of the conference and has over 30 scientific sessions across the 12 scientific disciplines represented at ABRCMS. The concurrent scientific speakers include, but are not limited to:
  • Drs. Jeanne Helmreich & Krishna Moody (Eli Lilly Company) - Title: Am I Potent?: Biological Activity Determination of Drugs Using Cell Based Assays
  • Dr. Masaoki Kawasumi (University of Washington) - Title: Skin Cancer Disparities: More than just Skin-Deep
  • Dr. Melanie R. McReynolds (Princeton University) - Title: NAD+ Metabolism during Aging: Insight from Quantitative Flux Analysis
  • Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre (University of Alaska, Anchorage) - Title: Adapting an Evolutionary Model for Microbiota Studies: Diversity Matters
  • Dr. Lucia Peixoto (Washington State University) - Title: Staying Woke, Part 1: The Neurobiology of Sleep Disturbances in Autism
  • Dr. Yi (Jenny) Xiao (University of Washington, Tacoma) - Title: Flexibility of Implicit Bias

Author: Tiffani Fonseca

Tiffani Fonseca
Tiffani D. Fonseca is an Education Specialist for ASM and is responsible for managing the professional development and scientific sessions at ABRCMS.