Traveling Scholars Program

The Society for Male Reproduction and Urology is pleased to announce the 18th Annual SMRU Traveling Scholars Award Program. The objective of this award is to provide an opportunity for trainees to learn more about the field of male infertility by attending educational activities at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Awardees will receive reimbursement of up to $2,350 in travel expenses to attend the meeting which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 15-19, 2016.  

To obtain reimbursement, receipts must be scanned and emailed to Susanna Scarbrough at no later than November 17, 2016 

Awardees will also receive the following:  

  • Registration fee waived for the scientific sessions of the ASRM meeting.
  • Registration fee waived for the SMRU Postgraduate Course.
  • Registration fee waived for one Roundtable Luncheon.
  • Registration fee waived for the SMRU banquet.
  • One year membership to ASRM and SMRU

Preference will be given to applicants in their earlier years of training, however, applicants in their senior years of training also will be considered. Applicants not currently in the field of male infertility, but who are considering entering this field, also will be considered. One scholar each year will be named for specific Endowed Scholarships. 

  • Cappy Rothman, M.D. and Charles Sims, M.D., California Cryobank Endowed Scholar
  • Lipshultz/Lamb Endowed Scholar
  • Manhattan Cryobank Endowed Traveling Scholar


  • The submitted abstract must represent a solid contribution in the area of male infertility.

  • Applicants must be trainees in the field of male infertility, or trainees who are considering entering the field of male infertility. Trainees may include residents, fellows, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows.

  • Applicants must be the presenting (first) author of an abstract submitted to the Traveling Scholars category of the ASRM online abstract submission website.No more than one abstract may be submitted to this category by an applicant. It is therefore recommended that applicants submit their best abstract to the Traveling Scholars category. Any applicant submitting more than one abstract to the Traveling Scholars category will be disqualified from consideration for this award. An abstract submitted to this category and not chosen for an award will be considered for presentation in other Male Reproduction and Urology sessions. 

  • To receive reimbursement for travel costs, awardees must attend the SMRU Postgraduate Course as well as specified male reproduction sessions on each day of the ASRM meeting.

  • Applications must include the application form, CV, letter of recommendation from the trainee’s mentor and a statement of career goals.

  • Prior to submitting application, applicants and mentors should ensure the applicant's availability to participate in the SMRU Traveling Scholars Program. Failure of an awardee to present his/her abstract, or failure of an awardee to attend SMRU sponsored activities, without a legitimate medical excuse, will result in penalties to the awardee and/or mentor, including denial of travel reimbursement to the awardee and/or denial of applications from the mentor's program for a period of two years. 

Completed application materials must be received by May 4, 2016 both online in the SMRU Traveling Scholars category and emailed to 

Applicants who are not members of ASRM or SMRU are encouraged to apply for membership via Please post this notice or forward to any qualified candidate. For further questions, please contact Susanna Scarbrough, SMRU Member Services Coordinator,, phone: 205-978-5000.

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