The AbGradCon 2022 Application has not opened yet.

Tentative application open date : early February

Tentative application due date : mid to late March

The application, formatted in google forms, will be shared here, in the home page, and throughout social media. Check back on this website, as well as our social media, for updates of when our applications open!

Special COVID precautions

If happening in-person, AbGradCon will require proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID test result taken at most 48-hr before the conference. Please check our social media and website for updates on the conference and whether it will be in-person.

Who can apply?

AbGradCon is intended for graduate students, as well as early-career researchers and postdocs within a few years of their graduation. Undergraduates who are entering a graduate program in Fall 2022 will be considered as first-year graduate students. As this is a meeting for graduate students and postdocs, faculty and staff scientists are not eligible.

What kinds of talks and posters are we looking for?

Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary field, therefore, to uphold the same standards, participants will be asked to submit abstracts under one of 8 broad categories: astronomy, biology, chemistry, education, engineering, geology, planetary science, and society.

How will abstracts be selected?

Abstracts will be evaluated on merit and quality of application materials. Only one abstract may be submitted by each applicant.

Do I have to submit an abstract to attend AbGradCon 2021?

Yes. All participants must submit and present an abstract (either as an oral presentation or a poster). As this AbGradCon is an event for graduate students and postdocs, it is a great opportunity for early career researchers to give scientific presentations in a more relaxed (relative to big field-wide conferences) yet still formal setting.