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Level up your career in the new year

12 ways to use your ASBMB membership in 2024
Joanna Kotloski
Jan. 12, 2024

With the new year here, we wanted to remind you of some of the ways you can use your American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology membership to help you advance your career and make your mark on the molecular life sciences.

1. Watch a webinar

The ASBMB hosts webinars on science, career development, education, diversity/equity/accessibility/inclusion and more. Check out our recent Finding the Funds series to learn more about funding and training opportunities at federal agencies. Check out our upcoming webinars here.

2. Search the job board

Did you know the ASBMB has a job board? Search the ASBMB Career Center for positions in academia and industry. And if you’re growing your lab, regular and industry members can post unlimited jobs for free!

3. Get a free résumé /CV critique

A solid CV or résumé can help you make a strong first impression with a prospective employer. The ASBMB Career Center offers a free résumé review for members. Just log in and upload your résumé.

4. Use the member directory

As an ASBMB member, you’re connected to thousands of scientists from around the world. Use the ASBMB member directory to find mentors and collaborators.

5. Present your work at Discover BMB — in San Antonio and/or Chicago

There’s still time to submit your late-breaking abstract for Discover BMB 2024! Accepted abstracts will be programmed as poster presentations. See the abstract categories and submit yours by Jan. 18! And speaking of Discover BMB, we’re looking for speakers for the 2025 annual meeting in Chicago! Tell us about your research by Jan. 15 and help shape the meeting!

6. Take a course

Enhance your skills with ASBMB's courses and training opportunities. Learn how to stand up for science (and science funding) with our Advocacy Training Program, get funding for your research with our IMAGE grant writing workshop, or learn how to clearly explain your research for a nonexpert audience with our Art of Science Communication course.

7. Serve on a committee

The ASBMB is a member-led organization. We need members like you to provide input to shape our programs and initiatives. The call to apply to serve on committees opens in May but take a look now to see which committees might interest you.

8. Get a networking grant

The world runs on networking. Build your network and help others build theirs by planning an event at your instiution with an ASBMB networking grant. (We’ll give you up to $500.)

9. Plan a conference

Have a great idea for a small meeting or conference? Submit a proposal! Planning a full conference can seem daunting, but the ASBMB team is here to help every step of the way. We’ll manage registration, market the event to tens of thousands of scientists, and handle all the logistics so that you can focus on the science. The top areas of research interest among ASBMB members include the following, but we’ll consider all proposals: protein structure and folding, molecular bases of disease, gene regulation, signal transduction and metabolism. What molecule, method or research question needs more attention? We’re here to help you realize your vision and deliver cutting-edge science to the BMB community. Propose an event.

10. Write for ASBMB Today

Write for ASBMB’s award-winning news magazine. If you’re interested in a career in science writing or just plain enjoy writing about new findings and interesting people, you can join the volunteer contributors training program and build a portfolio. Or, if you have a story to tell, we always welcome submissions of personal essays. 

11. Publish in an ASBMB journal

ASBMB regular, emeritus and industry members get a $500 discount on article processing charges in our three journals, all of which are fully open access, amplifying your visibility and the impact of your work on the global scientific community. Learn about the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics.

12. Upgrade your member type

Maybe it’s time to upgrade from early-career status to regular status. Maybe you recently got a job in industry. Maybe you retired. Maybe you’ve moved away from the bench but want to remain an affiliate member. Let us know what membership change you want to make and we'll help you get it sorted. (Not sure what membership type is right for you? Use our simple tool.)

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Joanna Kotloski

Joanna Kotloski is the ASBMB’s membership director.

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