American Society For Nutrition

Minority Affairs

Minority Affairs

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) actively engages in the recruitment, development and advancement of underrepresented minorities throughout the nutrition field. ASN is the premier scientific/medical society in nutrition and is a professional home for over 5,000 nutrition scientists and health practitioners. As the face of science changes, ASN aims to nurture and support the scientific talent and achievement of underrepresented minority scientists and health practitioners. The society is also proud to be a leader in the struggle to promote health and reduce health disparities.

Advantages for our minority members include: 

  • Access to education and professional development opportunities year-round and at our Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB)
  • Networking events to meet colleagues and other industry professionals, including a special luncheon at EB
  • Award opportunities and recognition, including travel awards for investigator-mentors at EB
  • Access to research funding, grants, mentoring, scholarships, and fellowships
  • Joint efforts with other organizations committed to advancing minorities in science, such as Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and SACNAS
  • Connecting young minority investigators to Summer Research Opportunities

Students and post-doctorates from under-represented minority groups or institutions are eligible for additional benefits:

Download our advantages flyer for additional information.

Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee

ASN's Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee offers a chance to get involved and make an impact as a volunteer leader for ASN. The committee enhances the participation of scientists from minority groups in the activities of ASN by sponsoring special events and symposia.

Join Us!

Join ASN today so we can increase the pool of minority scientists and maintain and retain those scientists with support of their activities and careers. We are planning to expand our efforts with an ambassador program, additional travel awards to more meetings, and co-programming with ASN student affiliate chapters.

Travel Awards Available for Experimental Biology 2016

FASEB MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) provides funding for travel awards to Experimental Biology to encourage and support the participation of underrepresented students and postdoctoral fellows at scientific meetings and conferences. ASN members are eligible to apply for travel awards to help defray conference-related expenses, such as registration and travel (lodging, transportation, and meal per diem). Each recipient is eligible to receive up to $1,850 per award, unless otherwise stated in the confirmation letter. Application deadline for Experimental Biology 2016 is February 19, 2016.

Rules for reimbursement and applications can be found at For more information, visit FASEB MARC Travel Award Opportunities.

Note for ASN Members: Please select Experimental Biology 2016 - Apr 2-Apr 6,2016 and indicate ASN membership.

Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition
Organized by the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee and supported by DSM Nutritional Products

Purpose: This competition provides an opportunity for young investigators from underrepresented communities within the biomedical and life sciences to participate in the annual meeting by discussing their research findings. Finalists will strengthen presentation and professional skills associated with a career in the sciences.
Additional Requirements:

  • Registered graduate student or medical trainee who has not received a doctoral research degree prior to the abstract deadline.
  • From a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Native Americans who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, and Natives of the USA Pacific Islands (Guam, Hawai'i and American Samoa only.)

  • Applicant indicates desire to be considered for this award during abstract submission in the designated check off box.

  • During abstract submission, a brief statement must be provided that addresses the applicant's role in the research contained in the abstract; how the research connects to applicant's career objectives in nutrition science or practice.

  • Six finalists will be selected to participate in a special oral session to be held Saturday, April 2, 2016.

  • Grand Prize winner will be identified from finalists following the oral session.The Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 award.

Important Deadlines and Dates:
  • 11/08/2015: ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition Application Deadline
  • 02/19/2016: FASEB MARC Travel Award Deadline
  • 04/02/2016: ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition
Congratulations to the following 2015 ASN FASEB MARC Travel Award Winners!

Angela De Leon, University of California, Davis
Michelle Cardel, University of Colorado, Denver
Ashley Carter, Florida State University
Dede N. Ekoue, University of Illinois at Chicago
Timothy Barnes, University of Minnesota
Valerie L. Darcey, Georgetown University
Monique J. LeMieux, Texas Tech University
Andrea Lopez-Cepero, University of Puerto Rico
Danielle Nunnery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

For more information about the FASEB MARC Travel Award Opportunities visit: