ACM-BCB Undergraduate Travel Award

The ACM-BCB Undergraduate Travel Scholarship was established in 2018 to promote computational biology education for undergraduates through conference attendance. The travel award, supported by the NSF, aims to support students who want to learn more about computational biology. See a recent computational biology education talk for more details about undergraduate conference attendance.

The Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics is the association's main bioinformatics conference. ACM-BCB covers a broad range of topics and workshops (see the 2020 program for an example). ACM-BCB is ideal for undergraduates who wish to learn about cutting-edge research at the intersection of computer science, biology, and medicine. This experience may be especially useful for students at institutions without computational biology programs or institutions with limited research and travel funds for undergraduates.

Undergraduate travel awardees receive free conference registration and housing at the conference hotel, and will get a chance to meet with other undergraduates before the meeting begins. Students are responsible for transportation and meals that are not covered by the conference, and they are encouraged to seek funding from their home department or institution for these items.

No Travel Awards to ACM-BCB '20 (Virtual, Sept 21-24)

The undergraduate travel award focuses on in-person professional experiences, so there will be awards for the virtual meeting this year. However, student registration is $50 (more details on the registration page). Please check back next year!

Previous Awards



ACM-BCB '19 in Niagara Falls (10 students)

  • Samuel Asamoah, Capital Community Colege, Hartford, CT
  • Rafe Batchelor, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PA
  • Syed Arsalan Ghani, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Julianna Locantore, Simmons University, Boston, MA
  • Nguyen Nguyen, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
  • Michelle Pham, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PA
  • Hanh Tran, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PA
  • Nathaniel Tunningley, St. John Fisher College, East Rochester, NY
  • Michael Ventoso, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • Jakob Woerner, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Award Committee for 2019:

  • Peng Du (machine learning engineer at LinkedIn)
  • Nazeefa Fatima (bioinformatician at Uppsala University)
  • Yuan Gong (graduate student at University of Notre Dame)
  • Amy Rose Lazarte (software engineer at Puppet Labs)
  • Saleh Tamim (graduate student at University of Delaware)



ACM-BCB '18 in Washington, D.C. (pilot year, 3 students):

  • Miriam Bern, Reed College, Portland, OR
  • Sara Camilli, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Alexander King, Reed College, Portland, OR

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