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 Affairs Committee

ASN's Minority 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.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards for EB 2014

ASN offers minority student travel awards for the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology each year, in partnership with FASEB Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), at NIH.  These awards are available to postdoctorate and undergraduate/graduate students to help defray the meeting registration and travel related expenses associated with attending the ASN Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology 2014 in San Diego, CA.  These travel awards are processed as reimbursements after the meeting concludes and can value up to $1,850.  All applicants must have submitted an abstract and be a member of ASN. In addition, all awardees will be qualified to compete in the 2014 Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators, supported by DSM Nutritional Products, during the ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition, Saturday, April 26 during the ASN Scientific Sessions at EB 2014. 

In addition, we will be able to host a faculty/mentor and up to two students for meeting registration, attendance, and travel for up to $1,850 each.

Click here to access the 2014 application; application deadline is extended to January 30, 2014. For additional information please contact Katrina Dunn at (301) 634-7043. Please select Experimental Biology 2014: Apr 26-30,2014 and indicate ASN membership on question 7.

Important Deadlines and Dates: 
- ASN MARC Travel Award Deadline Extended January 30, 2014
- ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition, April 26, 2014
- ASN MAC Travel Awardees Poster Session and Networking Breakfast, April 29, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

For more information about the FASEB MARC Travel Award Opportunities visit

ASN would like to congratulate those students selected to receive ASN/FASEB MARC Travel Awards to attend the Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2014 in San Diego, CA!
  • Jessica Alvarez, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Jacqueline Bergman, University of California, Davis
  • Michelle Cardel, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Shawntawnee Collins, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Kolin Ebron, University of Connecticut
  • Marcus Elam, Florida State University
  • Tashara Leak, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
  • Tania Torchon, University of Tennessee
  • Faith Umoh, University of Michigan, School of Public Health
  • Bryan Wilson, Wake Forest University school of Medicine
  • Breanne Wright, Purdue University
  • Jennifer Jones, Emory University
  • Melissa Guzman, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Monique LeMieux, Texas Tech University
  • Yasmeen Nkrumah-Elie, Oregon State University