B-Sure Program

The American Society of Biomechanics is committed to building a professional community that respects and promotes diversity and inclusion. To build on our commitment to promote enhanced engagement in the Society of underrepresented groups, ASB is pleased to announce a novel summer internship program aimed at providing research opportunities to students historically underrepresented and underserved in biomechanics.

The program pairs undergraduate students with host laboratories for an 8-week period in the Summer 2022. The exact dates of the program are flexible and will be negotiated between the student and host laboratory after the student and lab are matched up.

Students accepted into this program will receive a grant for up to $7000 which may be used to cover travel, temporary housing, and living expenses for the summer. In addition, all participants will receive an ASB student membership for one year. ASB anticipates funding 5 internships in this inaugural phase.

Students accepted into the program will be matched with a host research lab directed by an ASB member and will have opportunities to:

 

  • Learn applied biomechanics research skills under the guidance of an ASB mentor
  • Receive personalized mentoring and professional development/career planning guidance
  • Build their biomechanics network with other ASB students and members in both academia and industry
  • Participate in a virtual kick-off-event, attended by ASB Board members, mentors, and student awardees
  • Present their work at a virtual symposium in early August 2022, attended by ASB community members

Eligibility

Both members and non-members of ASB are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, an applicant must be an undergraduate student from any group that has been historically disadvantaged or under-represented in research disciplines. We encourage all interested students to apply, especially those from under-resourced backgrounds.

Students must have completed at least one year of an undergraduate program by Summer 2022. Preference will be given to students who are not already in a graduate program in biomechanics or a related field.

Eligibility guidelines for membership of an underrepresented population will follow those described in the National Institutes of Health’s “Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity” (NOT-OD-20-031):

Eligibility Guidelines
  1. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27) and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.  In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in NIH programs to enhance diversity. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see the OMB Revisions to the Standards for Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity (https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1997-10-30/html/97-28653.htm).
  2. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  See NSF data at, https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/static/data/tab7-5.pdf.
  3. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria:
    1. Were or currently are homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Definition: https://nche.ed.gov/mckinney-vento/);
    2. Were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (Definition: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/focus-areas/foster-care);
    3. Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years (Definition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/income-eligibility-guidelines);
    4. Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (see https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018009.pdf);
    5. Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants (Definition: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/eligibility.html);
    6. Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child (Definition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements).
    7. Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health), or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas  (qualifying zipcodes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities in #7 can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.Students from low socioeconomic (SES) status backgrounds have been shown to obtain bachelor’s and advanced degrees at significantly lower rates than students from middle and high SES groups (see https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_tva.asp), and are subsequently less likely to be represented in biomedical research. For background see Department of Education data at, https://nces.ed.gov/; https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_tva.asp; https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/advancing-diversity-inclusion.pdf.

Literature shows that women from the above backgrounds (categories A, B, and C) face particular challenges at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields. (See, e.g., From the NIH: A Systems Approach to Increasing the Diversity of Biomedical Research Workforce https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5008902/ ).

Expected Timeline

January 31, 2022: Applications due

February 14, 2022: Recommendation letter due

February 28, 2022: Notification of acceptance

March 2022: Matching process to identify host labs for B-SURE participants

June 2022: B-Sure virtual kick-off event

June – August 2022: Summer internship period

August 2022: B-Sure virtual symposium

Application

Applicants are invited to provide the following materials:

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Personal statement which includes your interest in the program, your interest in biomechanics, and your career goals. (maximum 500 words).

Please include:

  • Why you chose your area of study
  • Your current career goals
  • Your research interests (what do you want to study in biomechanics? What are you curious to learn?)
  • What skills or experiences would you like to gain from this program
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One Page Resume

Please include:

  • Name and Contact information at top
  • Education, incl. Cumulative GPA at each institution
  • Professional Experience (work/internship)
  • Honors/Awards, Leadership
  • Optional:
    (i) Languages
    (ii) Technical Skills or Relevant Coursework
    (iii) Certifications
    (iv)Relevant Extracurriculars
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Statement

A short statement (less than 250 words) affirming that you meet the eligibility criteria and under which category you qualify as historically disadvantaged or under-represented in research disciplines.

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Optional

If there are any specific research laboratories that you are aware of and/or have been in contact with regarding a potential summer internship, please list them. You may also list any geographic requests for a host lab. This information will not be used in the evaluation process, but will allow us a jump-start in finding a potential host lab match. For a partial list of biomechanics programs and laboratories, please browse at https://asbweb.org/programs-in-biomechanics/ or browse previous meeting programs at https://asbweb.org/past-conferences/.

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Optional

If there are any specific research laboratories that you are aware of and/or have been in contact with regarding a potential summer internship, please list them. You may also list any geographic requests for a host lab. This information will not be used in the evaluation process, but will allow us a jump-start in finding a potential host lab match. For a partial list of biomechanics programs and laboratories, please browse at https://asbweb.org/programs-in-biomechanics/ or browse previous meeting programs at https://asbweb.org/past-conferences/.

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recommender

Please include the name and email address of one recommender who can speak to your passion and interest in science. This person should not be related to you.

Submit your materials as a single PDF document via email by January 31, 2022 to with the subject “B-SURE 2022 application”.

Your recommender should send their signed letter to by February 14, 2022 with the subject “B-SURE 2022 recommendation for [YOUR NAME]”.