Science Superhero Series

An Interactive Undergraduate Program at the ASBMB 2012 Annual Meeting

Preparing for the ASBMB Annual Meeting can be a challenge, especially to undergraduate students who are attending a meeting of this size and caliber for the first time.  The more prepared students are to engage in the science, the more they can gain from their annual meeting experiences.

The Fortress of Knowledge: Online Now! 

KnowledgeCondition your mind in preparation for the 2012 ASBMB Annual Meeting.  Read the published papers by the Superheroes of Science (aka ASBMB Award Winners) who will be delivering lectures based on these published works. 

All 2012 ASBMB award winning scientists are asked to share research paper(s) that will serve as background material to their talks.  More... 


Papers are posted as we receive them and may be accessed via using the following URL: 


Brekke for Next Gens: 7:00 AM, April 22 & 23, 2012 

AppleJoin us at one of two power breakfasts featuring two of our superheroes of science.  Drs. Kim Orth and Christine Guthrie will meet with undergraduates during breakfast on April 22 and April 23, 2012.  This event is free and is open to all undergraduates with priority given to UAN members.  More...   



Sunday, April 22, 2011 – Breakfast with Dr. Kim Orth, winner of the 2012 Young Investigator Award.
Monday, April 23, 2011 – Breakfast with Dr. Christine Guthrie, winner of the ASBMB/Merk Award.

Seating is limited.  Go to to snag a spot at the table. (RSVPs accepted beginning Feb 1, 2012, check back later!)


Powering Up: 11:30 AM, April 21, 2012 

LectureCalling all science heroes-to-be!  Attend this interactive workshop which will provide an overview of the science behind this year's award lectures and get in the scientific groove.  This 30-min session will be held prior to the 16th Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition to provide an overview of the science at the meeting.  More... 



The Battle: 12:00 PM, April 21, 2012 

PowBattle test your scientific presentation skills.  The 16th Annual ASBMB Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition is the forum to engage in some friendly competition with fellow undergrads.  Cash prizes will be awarded!  Visit for detailed information.

Graduate program exhibitors will be on hand to share information about exciting graduate programs.


Find Your Super Match: 4:45 PM, April 21, 2012 

HeartCareer speed dating!  Let us help you find your career "match".  Professionals from a wide range of nontraditional science careers will be on hand for super speedy informational interviews.  Visit for details. 



Travel Award Opportunities

To raise the visibility of high quality, outcome-oriented undergraduate research in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, abstracts submitted by faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutions will be reviewed to provide exceptional candidates a chance to give oral presentations during the meeting.  These faculty and students will be offered NSF-funded travel awards to cover meeting registration and travel.  No applications are accepted for these travel awards.  Award recipients will be judged solely on the quality and compatibility of their research to 2012 meeting themes.   

Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation