ASBMB Honor Society

Mission Statement

The ASBMB Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Honor Society (ΧΩΛ) recognizes exceptional undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing a degree in the molecular life sciences at a College or University that is a member of the ASBMB Student Chapters.  Students are recognized for their scholarly attainment, research accomplishments, and outreach activities in the molecular life sciences. 

Who May be Nominated

Undergraduate nominees must be members of the ASBMB Student Chapters; of Junior or Senior standing with a minimum GPA of 3.4 who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, undergraduate research, and science outreach. 

Nomination Process and Materials

Only ASBMB Student Chapters members may be nominated for election into the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Honor Society (ΧΩΛ).  For the 2015-16 school year, all nomination materials must be submitted through the online nominations page by January 31, 2016.  Nomination materials may be submitted by either a faculty member of the ASBMB or by the student member.  Honor Society nomination opens in November of each year.  Nominees will be reviewed by the Student Chapters Committee and students will be notified in February. Nomination materials include:

  1. A cover page containing the student's full name, current mailing address, school, email address, and whether or not he/she will be attending the upcoming ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego, April 2-April 6, 2016. .   
  2. A copy of official/unofficial transcript indicating science courses taken and GPA. 
  3. A personal statement describing research activities, science outreach activities, and future career goals.  Include information such as presentations made at scientific meetings, publications, and awards and honors received. (1 page limit)
  4. Two letters of support.  These letters should address the student's research, outreach activities, and his/her academic achievements. Advisers wishing to submit a letter of support confidentially may submit it directly to

Nominations may be submitted beginning in November 2015.   

Election into the Honor Society

Upon election into ΧΩΛ, the student should be prepared to submit a high resolution photo for publication on the ASBMB website.  The student will also be recognized during the ASBMB Exemplary Contributions to Education Award Lecture at the 2016 ASBMB Annual Meeting in.  Those unable to attend the 2016 annual meeting will be sent the official certificate and ΧΩΛ lapel pin via mail. 

Honor Society Graduation Cords

Honor Society inductees may purchase graduation cords from the ASBMB directly for $10 each.  Please mail your request with a check written to ASBMB to Andrea Anastasio at ASBMB, 11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 302, Rockville, MD 20852.

Inducted Members