• ASBMB 2016 Annual Meeting

Science Outreach Poster Abstracts

Women in Scientific Discovery or Medicine (WISDOM): Engaging K-12 and Undergraduate Students in the Basic and Health Sciences
Nicole Woitowich, Sahithi Pamarthy
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Women in Scientific Discovery or Medicine (WISDOM) is a science outreach organization which promotes the advancement and retention of women and underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) through mentorship. The organization was created and is run entirely by graduate students at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). WISDOM participates in science outreach and education at both the undergraduate and K-12 levels. The undergraduate programming pairs graduate or professional students in the basic and health sciences with undergraduate students interested in those fields. In addition to one-on-one or group mentorship, WISDOM hosts career seminar series and professional development activities for both graduate and undergraduate students. These programs provide young women with direct access to mentors and role models along with opportunities for networking. WISDOM’s K-12 outreach is focused on engaging students in STEMM disciplines through classroom visits, hands-on activities, and field trips to the RFUMS campus. Through these activities WISDOM aims to create a pipeline that promotes undergraduate and graduate education in STEMM.

Texas State University ASBMB Student Chapter’s Community and Student Outreach Programs
Daniel Newton, Collin Wolfe
Texas State University

The Texas State University ASBMB student chapter has aimed to improve science literacy and understanding by engaging in multiple outreach programs. These programs are directed at elementary and middle school students, as well as teachers and parents in the San Marcos, TX community, in addition to multidisciplinary students attending Texas State. Through outreach efforts focused on underserved schools such as San Marcos’ Hernandez Elementary--biochemical, biological, and chemical principles are reinforced for students that do not generally have access to robust after-school science programs. Additionally, outreach sessions have been conducted at local libraries where parents and children partake in hands-on experiments that are able to reach a much larger audience. In the university community, a well-organized journal club open to all majors on campus encourages learning through a collaborative environment. This environment provides opportunities for peer-to-peer interactions and presentations for students to connect with threshold concepts and drive engagement with key ideas. This is paramount for information learned in freshman and sophomore classes. A new program has been funded and is currently under development to expand on peer interaction. Peer-to-peer interaction has been highly successful in the journal club environment. This program targets freshmen and sophomore science majors who may be struggling to connect with the core tenets of chemistry and biology. This program will attempt to increase retention of students who are at-risk to transfer out of a STEM field. It does so by connecting peer mentors, who are actively conducting research in a highly diverse range of STEM majors, with students who may be struggling to relate to core concepts or ideas.

ADCY5 Today and How Only a Scientist Will Lead Us to Tomorrow
Gay Grossman, Steve Grossman

Families stricken by rare diseases think that connecting with their doctor is sufficient. It is not. Treatments will emerge from the work of biochemists and cell biologists. Parents seldom know how to reach out to scientists. There is no established system. If you study a particular set of genes, reach out to families and listen to their stories. Our story: 15 years searching for the cause of our daughter’s seizure-like tremors and pain-filled nights yielded nothing. Finally, in 2012, exome sequencing showed mutations in ADCY5 and DOCK3. But what would be the next steps? Medicine and science had no answers. So, we started Facebook pages for the genes and found other families with mutations. We attend conferences, make strategic alliances and reach out to scientists. Our goal is to find treatments that will help our daughter sleep through the night without pain. We are taking a leadership stance with the science, to explain what we need, to ask questions, and to raise the funds to enable research. We visit scientists working on these genes and similar disease states. We share the challenge with science and become a part of the solution. When you search for ADCY5, you will find us. We are not unique. Thousands of new diseases will be identified soon. Their biochemical roots may be unknown. Activist families are increasing and they need you, will appreciate you, and may even help support your lab. Outreach is bi-directional.

Using DIY Biology and Open Labs to Promote Creativity and Curiosity in Undergraduate and High School StudentsPatrick Cole
Otterbein University

With the rise in popularity of the DIY Bio and “biohacker” movement, the accessibility of molecular and biochemical techniques has vastly improved, allowing for citizen scientists to perform research at the molecular level. In colleges and Universities, many of the challenges that face most open labs are easily resolved through use of the school’s resources, such as hardware, safety guides, and instrumentation. so that these participants can focus on research, rather than being limited to the knowledge and equipment of the most experienced of the group. The work presented shows how an open wetlab could be feasible as either a recruitment or outreach tool for a science department or student run organization of a small university. The research details the initial steps before opening the lab, including target audience, budget outline, how to procure funding, and how to set up the logistics of how the open lab will run. This includes models for both completely free research based on participant research or a more structured workshop or “bootcamp.” Sample protocols for various citizen science project will be made available, as well as basic biochemical and molecular techniques. Lastly, how to gauge efficacy and understanding will be presented along with multiple forms of evaluation based on target audience and purpose of the labs.

Student Chapter Outreach and Community at Otterbein University
John T Tansey
Otterbein University

This past year Otterbein University’s ASBMB Chapter has used networking to expand its outreach relationships to help promote learning within our community. Our chapter participated in Starry Night, a community STEAM festival organized by a local non-profit group. Over 1500 visitors attended the festival, where our SC explained what proteins were and demonstrated protein folding using pipe cleaners as models. We were recruited by the PTA of a local elementary school to generate a science club for 3rd-5th grade students that meets once a month. Each month we choose a theme and develop three to four different hands on stations for the students. We have received positive feedback from both parents and students, and plan to continue to foster this relationship with the school. We have partnered with an area high school teacher who teaches an accelerated biomedical science class. One of our faculty members and several SC members spoke at the school about lipids and careers in science. This is our second year presenting to this group. For our own university community, we participated in Otterthon, a dance marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network, which we have been involved with raising funds for the past few years. The Student Chapter continues to help facilitate a Woman in Science group. This synergistic group is open to all science majors and has hosted several alumnae who are successful scientists. Finally, our student chapter stays connected through a weekly tea and coffee hour (the BMBT) and Facebook group. These venues allow us to share news and ideas, including professional development, networking, and scholarship opportunities.

Students Participating in Active Community Education: Fostering Biology Student Engagement in Outreach Efforts
Audrey Shor
Saint Leo University

The Saint Leo University ASBMB Student Chapters organization has a strong presence in the local and greater Saint Leo community. To maintain this relationship the organization engages in several outreach programs with elementary and middle school students, as well as outreach activities that target members of the community, of all ages, who are eager to learn more about science. The interactions that occur during the programs focus on using collaborative, hands-on approaches such as manipulative models, skits, songs, and vibrant discussions. Most recently, Biology majors have participated in regular outreach meetings with a K-7 Sunday school program, merging the advancements of science with religious teachings. In addition, last spring the program hosted a Science Café which explored the significance of celebrating 2015 as the International Year of Light. Lastly, the Students Participating in Active Community Education (SPACE) program completed a week long interactive with seventh and eighth grade science classes at a local middle school. The impact of these efforts have significantly increased our presence in the community, while also generating greater interest in STEM. The programs have proven to be have a positive role in influencing scientific curiosity in the novice and advanced learners alike. The future of science education lies in inspiring the scientists of the next generation, while instilling or preserving the significance of STEM among the previous generations. Continuing to excite budding scientists and keeping STEM fields relevant to their mentors and support networks are necessary to maintain vigor in the curiosity of science.

The Science Outreach Program at Rockefeller University
Yasmen Khan
The Rockefeller University

The primary goal of the Science Outreach Program (SOP) is to engage K-12 students and teachers with hands-on, mentored science activities that enhance the understanding of fundamental scientific principles, instill a passion for the process of scientific inquiry, and introduce biological wonder through discovery-based learning. Furthermore, we aim to create an inclusive and supportive environment with multiple access points to accommodate a multitude of racial, ethnic, gender, cultural, economic, and social contexts, particularly given the incredible diversity inherent to New York City. Over the past 2014-2015 academic year, we have served over 3000 students and teachers from 150 schools throughout New York. Our dedicated network of over 200 graduate student volunteers contributed over 1500 hours to our programs, enhancing the students' experiences as well as their own teaching and mentoring skills. Here we describe the outreach framework that connects a research institution to an urban population of students and teachers.

52 Weeks of Science - A Full Year of Science Events for an Underserved Community
Melba Nova
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

52 Weeks of Science in Barrio Logan: Schools, Community Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations, Industry and Universities Come Together to Offer Free, Fun and Accessible Science Programs Each Week for a Full Year in an Underserved Neighborhood. When staff from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center met with community leaders in the Logan Heights/Barrio Logan neighborhoods to find out what type of community science programs were available, the answer was startling: none. Schools did their best to schedule science nights or sky viewing sessions twice a year, but funding was always an issue. Fleet staff then asked what they, as community leaders, thought of science and its importance to the future of young people. The answer was no different than in other areas of San Diego: It is of the upmost importance to instill in young people love for science, to present opportunities where individuals young and old get to experience and learn more about STEM fields of study and career opportunities. These community leaders envisioned a community where science was part of their fabric, of who they were as a collective. Community leaders had reason to be concerned: In Logan Heights/Barrio Logan, 80% of the population is first or second generation Hispanic, with the largest number of immigrants coming from Mexico. It is a hard-working community, mostly low income and with low educational attainment. They do aspire to see their children succeed in life and know education is an opportunity to achieve a better life, but economic and cultural barriers limit their opportunities. Fleet staff offered some ideas about how the community could work together to achieve this goal, and 52 Weeks of Science in Barrio Logan was born. The concept is simple: Schedule at least one event per week, for a full year, and create a community calendar where all the events organized by individual entities would be listed so other organizations could take advantage of them, thus sharing their scarce resources and maximizing their impact. The Fleet had the connections and organizational support, and the community partners had other valuable resources: gyms, classrooms, community centers, communication tools, engaged parents and teachers, and a great desire to increase the exposure of their community to STEM programs. Fleet staff reached out to local organizations and shared this vision. Universities, professional associations, private companies, after-school programs, and clubs were invited to come to Barrio Logan and share their enthusiasm and scientific knowledge with the community. Before 52 Weeks of Science had even started, the partnership already counted over 30 partners and three months’ worth of programming had been scheduled. Week 1 consisted of a science fair and celebration at the Logan Heights Branch Library. Over 20 partner organizations participated as exhibitors and 500 people attended the fair to the great surprise of the planning committee, who didn’t think they could command such a large crowd. This confirmed what the community leaders already knew: there is a huge need for more science-focused activities that are low-cost or free and accessible within the community. Now in its third month, the collaboration has grown to include over 45 partners including community media outlets, clubs, associations, individuals, schools, nonprofit organizations, community centers and engaged community members. The weekly programs have reached over 1800 individuals of all ages, and have included a wide range of activities including robotics, physics, engineering, water conservation, environmental health, DNA extraction, life cycles, among others.

A Smooth Sip of Science for the San Diego Community: Mixing Beer & Science with Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and Pint of Science
Erilynn T. Heinrichsen, Tatum S. Simonson, Andrea Decker
University of California, San Diego, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

At a time when scientists and the public often appear to talk past, rather than with, each other, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and Pint of Science have teamed up to create opportunities for dialogue. At monthly Suds & Science talks, quarterly Two Scientists Walk into a Bar events, and the annual Pint of Science Festival, San Diego scientists and engineers head out to local watering holes to share conversations and drinks with the community. In both the Suds & Science events and Pint of Science festival, scientists discuss their area of expertise in lay terms, without the aid of PowerPoint or other presentation tools, creating an engaging and approachable atmosphere for scientists and non-scientists alike. By regularly going out to the communities where people live and play, Suds & Science presents the chance for more frequent conversation between scientists and the community, with approximately 50 attendees at each monthly event. Scientists volunteering their time for this event enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue, and interest from the community members. The annual Pint of Science Festival is part of an international program with events occurring the same three days around the world. The San Diego festival hosts nine events over three nights, with the 2015 festival reaching over 400 community members with 90-100% of attendees reported that they would attend the event again and would recommend it to friends. Most importantly, the same percentage said that the event was successful at communicating science to all levels of science background and promoting discussion. Two Scientists Walk into a Bar is a quarterly program where 50 scientists disperse to 25 bars all over San Diego County on one night, reaching over 250 people each quarter. There are no presentations; these events simply give the public an opportunity to come up and chat with scientists one on one. Scientists also appreciate the experience, as the volunteer list for this event is now over 200 people strong. All three of these beer and science events in San Diego have met huge success, with scientists and community members enjoying the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions. These programs have capitalized on San Diego being home to a large number of scientists and craft breweries, hoping that a good conversation over a pint can help demystify science and scientists.

Engaging Young Minds in Scientific Exploration
Emily Schiller
Tennessee Technological University

The Tennessee Technological University student chapter of ASBMB is very involved in outreach. Our outreach program is especially targeted to younger children. The program involved activities including events such as FAB Friday, Fall Fun Fest, Week of Biochemistry, and the Race for the Golden Helix 5k. Volunteers have included members of the student chapter, primarily students, and also included supporting faculty and graduate students. Feedback for this program has been extremely positive. Curious minds, young and old alike, have been engaged and informed in scientific discussion, and significant money has been raised for scholarships, student research, medical clinics, and further outreach programs. Our program began with a few interested individuals reaching out to curious students and their parents. The 2015-2016 school year outreach program boasted much larger numbers, involving many volunteers and hundreds of participants. As membership, interest, and collaboration efforts increase, the program will continue to grow in significant ways for years to come.

University of Arizona Student Chapter in Sync with Tucson Community
James T. Hazzard
University of Arizona

The University of Arizona’s Student Chapter engages middle school, high school, and undergraduate students through research-oriented outreach. Our seventh annual BECUR Conference was held in February 2016. The conference featured poster presentations by undergraduate and high school students and Purdue University’s Hanley Distinguished Professor Michael Rossmann as the 2016 Keynote Speaker. As an outgrowth of BECUR, our chapter has organized two more outreach activities: the Visiting Scholars Program and our BlastOff! summer camp. Through Visiting Scholars, undergraduates present their research to high school students, provide information on opportunities in science, and share their personal experiences as university students. BlastOff! is a five-day science summer camp that recruits middle school students from underrepresented populations in the sciences. Our 2015 campers were exposed to “wet lab” techniques, scientific theories, and hands-on projects, and attended field trips and presentations by guest speakers which complimented lab activities. In addition to these large-scale events, the chapter also participated at the Flowing Wells Jr. High School’s Math and Science Night, Women in Science and Engineering’s Expand Your Horizons Conference, 2016 Undergraduate Biology Research Program’s Conference, and the 2016 Tucson Festival of Books, which attracted around 130,000 attendees.

Outreach in New York City! The ASBMB Student Chapter at Marymount Manhattan College
Ann Aguanno
Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) is a small liberal arts college in New York City. There are approximately 47 biology or biomedical science majors, 30 of whom are members of the ASBMB Student Chapter. Our chapter, an amalgam of the The Science Society and The Premed Club, participated in numerous outreach events this year targeted towards helping students, faculty, staff, and the city of New York. Activities included; participation in the annual MMC Strawberryfest and Applefest, college wide events that showcase student clubs; a session on navigating the internship process at local hospitals; “Wear Red Day” to promote heart disease awareness; and a bake sale to raise money and awareness for the Animal Care Centers of NYC. The chapter also ran its 10th Annual “Give us your organs!” organ donation enrollment drive, where 50 people enrolled in the New York State Organ Donation registry. Another registration drive, coupled with presentation by organ recipients and families of organ donors, will be held in the spring. Both of these events were supported by a grant from the Public Outreach Committee of the ASBMB. Chapter members also volunteered in school-wide efforts aimed at recruiting and orienting new students to the biology program. Other academic and informational activities included; MCAT and Medical School sessions to educate students on the newly revised test and to answer questions regarding medical school application; co-hosting “Pi Day” with the Mathematics department; and our fourth annual induction ceremony for new members of the ASBMB Chi Omega Lambda Honor Society. Four chapter members presented their research findings during the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological and Chemical Sciences at William Paterson University, where one member earned top honors in a poster competition. A member also presented at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Finally, three members were co-authors on a Nature Geosciences paper and two members were coauthors on a mixed media article in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). Marymount Manhattan’s ASBMB Student Chapter continues to advocate for undergraduate research, strive for academic excellence, educate others about science and facilitate community outreach.

Student Led Outreach Program for Hispanic Students
Luis Cubano
Universidad Central del Caribe

Graduate students from the Universidad Central del Caribe Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences organize and participate in outreach activities designed to assist the graduate students develop organization, leadership, mentoring and teaching skills. Graduate students also learn grant writing skills as they submit grant applications to obtain funding for the activities. At the same time these activities serve to motivate junior high, high school and undergraduate students to remain in STEM related fields of studies. Students serve as judges at junior high and high school scientific fairs, present scientific seminars at undergraduate institutions, organize workshops to teach undergraduate students scientific techniques and organize scientific meetings. Students have organized three Puerto Rico Cell Signaling Meetings, which is an island wide meeting with over 100 participants. Outreach activities are supported by grants from the NIH (NIGMS/RISE R25GM110513), the US Dept of Education (Title V P031MI05050 and P031S130068) and ASCB local meeting grants.

Teen Science Cafés: A Vehicle for Connecting Scientists with High School Teenagers
Michael Mayhew, Michelle Hall
Science Education Solutions

Teen Science Cafes are a free, informal, low risk way for scientists to share their science with a receptive audience focused on future careers. They are an adaptation of the globally popular Science Cafe model for connecting the adult public with science and scientists. Adaptations of the model include teen leadership to ensure the programs are relevant to teens, discussions of career pathways related to the event topic, and the addition of an active learning component. Teen Café programs have been initiated in 41 sites in 18 U.S. states via the Teen Science Cafe Network, teensciencecafe.org. Besides being a fun, highly social way to engage with a scientist and each other around an interesting science topic, Teen Cafes have been shown to be effective in giving teens a wholly new perspective on how science really works, the interesting lives that scientists lead, and the relevance of science in their own lives. Teen Cafes are highly rewarding to the scientist-presenters as well. They receive training that introduces them to storytelling and improvisation that will help them in effectively communicating their work, not only to teens, but to managers, funding agencies, policy makers, and the media as well. They often report that their experience has led them to a new perspective on their own work. Cafés are an excellent vehicle for scientists to have broader impact on the current generation of students, our future adult citizens. Teens have learned about many biological topics including the race for an HIV vaccine, GMOs, algal biofuels, diseases of the brain, microbes in your bellybutton, when proteins go bad, secrets held within a bone, how the brain visualizes images, booze and babies, the origin of domestic dogs from DNA, how environmental change drove human evolution, and more. Presenters have come from a great variety of local institutions—universities, research labs, businesses—with a science mission. While most nodes offer Cafes on the whole range of topics in science, engineering, and technology, programs may well have a specific disciplinary focus. Any organization wishing to start up a Teen Cafe program can become a Member of the Teen Science Cafe Network. The Network will provide all the support that is needed to start and successfully run a Teen Cafe program.

Building a STEM Pipeline for Girls via a University-School Partnership
Sarah Lee
Abilene Christian University

For the past 5 years, the STEM for Girls outreach program has connected and invigorated the STEM community in rural Abilene, Texas. STEM for Girls is designed to inspire and inform middle school girls (6th-8th grades). The goals for the program are to increase exposure of STEM careers to middle school participants, introduce participants to successful female STEM professors, and encourage participants to remain interested in STEM fields. The program utilizes a partnership between a university, Abilene Christian University, and a local STEM high school, ATEMS, to host middle school girls for a day of hands-on activities in STEM fields. At the event, each faculty member or student group designs a learning experience for a group of 10-12 middle schoolers. Participants rotate through several stations, each with a different focus. This event is designed to target students at an age where many transition from showing interest in STEM fields to losing interest. STEM for Girls also brings together female faculty members in STEM from across the university campus, facilitating networking opportunities among this relatively small group that is separated into three different academic colleges. It also connects the middle school participants with undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields and with ATEMS High School teachers and students.

Me? A Scientist: A Next Generation of Students Internalizing Their Identities as Scientists
Therese Shanahan
UC Irvine

There recently has been much discussion nationally about the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in education. With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science educators are looking to purposefully incorporate science and engineering practices into informal science experiences for children. Additionally, with NGSS, science educators are shifting the focus of their programs to provide opportunities for children to do science like scientists. But the question remains as to how they will encourage low income children to identify themselves as scientists. This mixed-methods research study addresses the questions to what extent does an afterschool program for low-income children that emphasizes “acting like a scientist” alter students’ perceptions of scientists and promote students’ identity as a scientist. The authors posit that solely engaging in well-constructed science lessons is not enough to internalize gaining an identity as a scientist. The findings suggest that informal providers must be very intentional in their questioning, discourse and acknowledgement of instances when children are acting as scientists during science lessons. We will show that this program was successful in increasing participating students’ interest and engagement in science, and altering students’ perceptions of who can become a scientist.

Out of Time – Scientists light a path out of the unknown for patients and their families
Caroline and Bandy Yiu
San Diego Undiagnosed Family Support Group

When the most seasoned physicians are stumped by our son’s progressive neurodegeneration and exhaustive diagnostic testing yielded no diagnosis, we turned to research. On the forefront of discovery, research scientists lighting a path out of the unknown for our son and many undiagnosed patients and their families. This mystery disease continues to progress and present new challenges. We desperately need the knowledge essential for us to make informed decisions for medical care and treatments to improve our son’s quality of life, perhaps a cure before we run out of time.

During a so far 7 year diagnostic odyssey, our son has lost his ability to walk, talk, control movement, support himself and swallow. A perpetual moving target of physical and health issues from painful muscle spasms, sudden onset of seizures to respiratory and gastrointestinal issues. Through scouring the internet for similar patients and those researchers who helped, contacting scientists who have published on similar presenting diseases and sharing our son’s story, we assembled a multidisciplinary team including The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research, TGen, Illumina just to name a few. We seek to collaborate with more researchers to uncover the network of biochemical and molecular pathways that result from 3 VUS variants in genes RUNX3, SLC26A1 and GASK3. No disease is due to one cause. Finding the cause for our son’s disease may also bring the light to others suffering from rare or undiscovered diseases. Patients, families and scientists together will find solutions sooner.

“Women Who Create:” Using outreach, experiential learning techniques, and a feminist lens to promote the retention of first-year freshman women in the STEM disciplines
Mallory Fiery, Susan B. Harden, Joan F. Lorden, Jessica Schlueter
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Women Who Create” was an innovative, first-year freshman seminar course piloted in Fall 2015 and designed to promote the retention of women in the STEM disciplines through curricula emphasizing experiential and active learning techniques, service learning, feminist inquiry, and developmental strategies for college success. Guided by an intergenerational faculty of women scholars, including an advanced PhD student, an Assistant Professor, and a full Professor, first-semester female students were exposed to a variety of previously unknown STEM contexts by visiting faculty labs, a local interactive science museum, and high-tech manufacturing facilities in addition to mentoring and engaging in hands-on engineering projects with high school students in a magnet STEM program. In the course, students were challenged to explore difficulties women may face in STEM careers through a feminist lens, including consideration of issues surrounding positionality, identity, and power. Students responded positively to the course, with many making a firm commitment to pursue majors in mathematics, engineering, and biology by the end of the course. One student enrolled in a genomics course with a bioinformatics faculty member whose lab we visited. Two other students enrolled in a computer science course designed to attract women into computing. Other students said the course “helped me to become a better student and decide what I wanted to do with my life…loved the field trips,” “10/10,” and “Strongly recommend this [course] for any Freshman.” In the next iteration, emphasis will be placed on the highly impactful experiential components of the course, continuing the exposure of students to successful women scientists and offering early opportunities for hands-on science. The authors will also explore opportunities for linkage of the freshman seminar to department and college efforts to recruit women into STEM areas where they are underrepresented.

Get Involved with the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee!
Geoff Hunt

The Public Outreach Committee is responsible for supporting and coordinating science outreach activities for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Learn about all of the great programs that the committee has developed for society members, including communication training, funding opportunities and live events and activities.

Making the Right Connections through ASBMB Student Chapters
Andrea Anastasio

The ASBMB Student Chapters is an ASBMB national program whose mission is to promote excellence in undergraduate education in the life sciences. The program is comprised of university-based chapters with undergraduate student and faculty members all dedicated to the advancement of undergraduate research, research-based undergraduate education, and K-12 science outreach. As of 2015, there are over 90 established chapters across the country.