Applications for Model and Travel Awards

The CREST Program has limited funding to support 1) building protein models and 2) defraying travel costs for students to attend the ASBMB meeting. Applications to apply for these funds will be available by mid-November, and all application materials must be submitted by February 1. Applications will only be accepted from active ASBMB Student Chapters.

Criteria for Selecting Model Awardees:

Note that for the 2019-2020 school year, we have funding to build a model for each participating team. No application needs to be submitted to build a model for your team.

Criteria for Selecting Travel Awardees:

Teams may compete for travel awards of up to $500 to defer student costs to attend the annual ASBMB meeting. For 2020, up to two travel award applications may be submitted per institution per year. Teams wishing to apply for a travel award should decide which team member(s) will apply for the funds. Criteria used to select travel award recipients are as follows:

  1. Completeness of the application
  2. Strength of the application essay
  3. Strength of the letter of recommendation provided by the ASBMB Student Chapter Advisor
  4. Special consideration will be given to freshmen and sophomores, or to undergraduates at institutions lacking on campus opportunities for undergraduate research.

The overall goal of the CREST Project is to engage early career students who are underrepresented in the science workforce. Therefore applications from students meeting these criteria will be given special consideration.

Applications are due no later than February 1, 2020. The online application can be found here. Applicants should request a letter of recommendation from their CREST Advisor or their ASBMB Student Chapter Advisor, to be sent directly to Margaret Franzen at, no later than February 1, 2020.

Applicants will be notified by February 5, 2020 of the status of their travel award application.

Travel award recipients will be encouraged to present a poster (and their model) at the annual ASBMB meeting and to participate in the CREST Conversation with other CREST Modeling Teams and Dr. Schiffer and colleagues in San Diego on April 5, 2020.

Additional Resources

Questions about the CREST Program? Contact Margaret Franzen at or 414-277-2806. We look forward to hearing from you!

The CREST Project is funded by NSF-DUE 1022793 and NSF-DUE 1323414.

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