The ASBMB's diversity, equity and inclusion programs are supported by the Minority Affairs Committee and the Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee.

2022 ASBMB Annual Awards

Nominations accepted until May 5

The ASBMB Annual Awards are given to outstanding professionals who have been recognized by their peers for contributions to their fields, education and diversity. The recipients will give talks about their work at the 2022 ASBMB Annual Meeting. You can nominate or self-nominate.

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Research Spotlight

Classrooms (at UNM) are composed of mainly underrepresented communities... Seeing these students advance in their lab work and coursework is very exciting for me, and I enjoy inspiring them to pursue careers in the life sciences.

Karlett Parra
Karlett Parra

Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of New Mexico

Virtual event

Steps toward equity in STEM

Diversifying the STEM workforce remains a major challenge in the U.S. and worldwide. Funding agencies, academic institutions and researchers must continue to develop plans to increase the representation of historically disadvantaged groups in science.

The talks in this session use surveys, interviews and reflective questions to gain fresh perspectives from people who often face barriers in their scientific trajectories. These views can inform best practices to promote persistence and success of underrepresented groups in STEM.

Diversity, equity and inclusion news
Connecting chemistry with education

Meet Christiane Stachl, director of education, outreach and diversity at Center for Genetically Encoded Materials at UC Berkeley.

Booker edits new journal; Bumpus featured in virtual museum

Awards, promotions, milestones and more. Find out what's going on in the lives of ASBMB members.

Gene screenings hold disease clues, but unexplained anomalies often raise fears

When doctors offer multiple-gene panel tests to patients at risk for diseases such as cancer, a variant that hasn’t yet been deciphered might raise concerns with no answers.

Racial stereotypes drive students of color away from STEM

But many still persist. Here’s what one researcher has to say about the psychological and physical toll of persistence.

It’s just data: Women in biological chemistry

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we look at Johns Hopkins biophysics professor Karen Fleming’s data-driven approach to studying gender equity

Science journeys: How two women found their passion

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Núria Negrão talks to two women who traveled from their native countries to pursue research in the United States.

Call for submissions

ASBMB Today, the society’s award-winning magazine, welcomes articles on diversity and inclusion from society members and others in the life sciences community year-round. See our calls for submissions and guidelines.

Submit your work

President's Message

No, we will not be silent

Members of the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee released a powerful statement in response to police killings of Black people and systemic racism in the United States. Here, the ASBMB president says the governing council fully endorses and embraces the statement.

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Resources from the ASBMB


Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates

Provides up to $2,000 toward undergraduate tuition costs for one academic year.


Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award

Honors an outstanding scientist who has shown a strong commitment to the encouragement of underrepresented minorities in the scientific enterprise.


IMAGE grant writing workshop

Transform your grant applications! Learn from NSF, NIH and HHMI program directors how to write winning proposals for federal research funding.

Partnership for diversity

Help the ASBMB promote diversity in the sciences. Sign up for the Partnership for Diversity today!


Resources to help increase your network and continue to enhance diversity within the field.