Call for Diversity Award Applications

  • Deadline April 15, 2017
  • Award announcement May 1, 2017

The purpose of this program is to encourage diversity and inclusion at the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) annual meeting by supporting attendance of individuals from diverse backgrounds at the annual meeting in Boulder, CO (August 8-11, 2017). This initiative is supported by the ASB Executive Board and Diversity Task Force, in keeping with our collective mission.

These awards are intended to offset the cost of attendance and a portion of the costs of travel to the annual meeting. ASB anticipates awarding approximately 15 travel awards. The award will include free registration (which includes lunches and several student events) and up to a $500 reimbursement for travel expenses.

Eligibility

To be eligible, an applicant must be from any group that has been historically disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines. Eligibility guidelines for membership of an underrepresented population will follow those used by the Ruth Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-14-148), namely individuals with disabilities or individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in biomedical research.

Applications

The application for the diversity travel award must include the following information and reviewed for specific criteria:

Evaluation Criteria Number of Pages
Title Page (1 page, single-spaced)

  • Applicant information (include all that apply): name, address (include country), email, degree expected, program, institution, and academic advisor name and email
  • Keywords that describe your current or future research interests
1 page single-spaced (no page number)
Application (max. 2 pages, single-spaced)

  • Describe the individual circumstances that make you eligible to receive this diversity travel award.
  • Describe your experience and interest in biomechanics.
  • How does ASB’s mission & vision (as stated above and on our web site)
    fit in with your personal experiences, goals, and future plans?
  • How will being a 2017 ASB Diversity Award recipient augment your opportunities at your home institution, and how do you plan to leverage this opportunity once you return home from the conference?
  • For faculty/investigators: If you receive the travel award, how would it help with promoting diversity in ASB and promoting biomechanics at your institution? Please list specific objectives and give a corresponding timeline.
    • Please include a current CV (not counted towards page limits)
  • For student applicants:   Please describe your future plans and how they may involve biomechanics. In addition, please answer these questions:
    • Are you eligible for Pell grants?
    • Have you participated in   any competitive programs   that benefit under-represented students? (e.g.   HHMI, McNair, SROP, etc.)
    • Resume including cumulative/major GPA, general coursework, education/employment/volunteering history (not counted towards page limits)
2 pages (single- spaced)
  • Standard-size paper (8.5” x 11”) should be used, with margins of no less than 0.5 inch using and Arial 11 point font. Not following the above guidelines may result in disqualification.
  • Application components should be combined into a single PDF file for transmission. Please name the PDF file:  DIV2017_LastNameFM (where FM are the first and middle name initials.)

Expectations

All recipients will be given contact information for an assigned mentor and will be encouraged to communicate with him/her both before and after the conference. Those receiving a Diversity travel award are encouraged to attend the Diversity Breakfast. During the pre-conference discussion, mentors will explain how the conference “works” to the recipient so he/she can be prepared. During the Opening Reception event, mentors and recipients will be encouraged to come to a designated area to “Meet & Greet” one another in person. Following the meeting, recipients are asked to report back to ASB regarding the experience by February 28, 2018. Recipients should report on what they accomplished at the meeting and following return to his/her home institution as a result of the travel award. We expect that these reports will be publicly distributed in ASB newsletters or on the ASB website at the discretion of the ASB Diversity Task Force & Communications Chairs.

Contact

Questions and applications can be submitted electronically to the ASB Diversity Committee Chair (zhao.kristin@mayo.edu). Please cc Terri Gardner when you submit your application (gardner.terri@mayo.edu). An evaluation committee selected by the ASB Diversity Task Force Chair will review applications, with announcements of awards expected by May 1, 2017.