Frequently asked questions

Do I have to be an ASBMB member to apply?

Yes, you must be an active ASBMB member to apply. You can join ASBMB here. Not only will you be able to apply to the ATP, but will have access to a variety of resources and benefits.

I’m a faculty member. Can I apply?

Yes you can apply.

Can green card holders and non-citizens apply?

Yes you can apply.

What does homework look like, and how long will it take?

Homework will vary depending on the week. During the first two months, there will be reading and videos to watch. You will also be developing a legislative biosketch, writing blogs, attending meetings, strategizing best ways to craft your message, among other assignments. We estimate that delegates will need to dedicate six hours a month to take advantage of the program. If you believe that you cannot make this commitment, we ask that you do not apply.

What if I miss a teleconference?

We ask that you commit to all listed these dates if you are chosen. It is possible to make up a call, but it is essential that you are involved in the group discussions to develop the tools needed to become an effective advocate. Because the meetings are over the phone, we hope that you will be able to take the phone call wherever you may be. If you foresee multiple date conflicts, we ask that you do not apply.

Do I have to tell my P.I. that I am applying?

You will need to navigate your PI’s opinions of how their trainees utilize their time within and outside of the research. We encourage you to discuss your application and participation in this program with your advisors. If you believe that there will be a conflict between you and your PI, department, program, or university, we ask that you do not apply.

Do I get to participate in ASBMB’s Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.?

You will not be guaranteed a spot for ASBMB’s Capitol Hill Day if you become a delegate. The ATP is designed to strengthen local advocacy efforts and bolster the effects of local grassroots organizations, and these efforts are just as vital to building a sustainable future for life science research. A separate application will be open for ASBMB’s Capitol Hill Day in the spring.

What do I get out of becoming a delegate?

Our goal is to produce self-motivated, knowledgeable delegates dedicated to advocating for life science research. You will gain all the tools needed to create change in your region, and become a leader for those seeking to do the same. You will have a built-in network of at least 10 other delegates around the country dedicated to doing the same type of work. You will also have the chance to author several publications.

What happens after it’s over?

Alumni have the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for the next cohort, be involved in an ATP alumni working group, and be asked to participate in the ASBMB public affairs advisory committee working groups. Opinions of alumni regarding their experience will be used to improve the program for the next cohort of delegates. The ASBMB policy team will also call upon alumni to mobilize their local networks to coordinate national advocacy campaign efforts.

If I don’t become a delegate this year, can I apply the next year?

Yes, you can reapply once applications for cohort 4 are open next year.

I’d like to participate in advocacy, but can’t commit that much time to this program. What can I do?

The ASBMB provides a variety of advocacy activities throughout the year. Join the Grassroots Network to stay abreast of our campaigns and be involved in making your voice heard.