Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to be an ASBMB member to apply?

Yes. If you’re not already a member,  join here. Learn about ASBMB membership benefits.

I’m a faculty member. Can I apply?


Can green card holders and and other nonpermanent U.S. residents  apply?


What kind and how much homework will there be?

Homework will vary depending on the week. During the first two months, you’ll read articles and watch videos. You will develop advocacy materials, write blog posts, attend meetings, strategize about the best ways to craft your message, and complete other assignments. Be prepared to dedicate six hours a month to the program. If you cannot make such a commitment, skip this application period and apply later.

What if I miss a teleconference?

Delegates are expected to attend each teleconference 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 research adviser/principal investigator that I am applying?

We encourage you to discuss your application and participation in this program with your adviser. If you believe that there will be a conflict between you and your adviser (or other institutional officials) we ask that you not apply. 

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

You will not be guaranteed a spot, but we encourage you to apply if advocating in D.C. interests you. 

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 skills that you need to create change in your region and to 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 also will have the chance to author several publications. 

What happens after it’s over?

Alumni have the opportunity to become teaching assistants for the next cohort, participate in an ATP alumni working group, and join ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee working groups. The ASBMB policy team will use alumni feedback to improve the program for the next cohort of delegates. The policy team also will 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. Applications are accepted in the fall and spring each year. 

I’d like to participate in advocacy, but I 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 make your voice heard.