Support the ASBMB

The ASBMB's work is made possible through the generous contributions of engaged professionals like yourself. Below are awards and programs that you can help support. Please consider making a donation to one of the following funds:

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Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award

The 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. We issue one award per year, and it carries a prize of $3,000. We would like to endow this award.

The award is named after the late Ruth Kirschstein, M.D., the first woman to direct a National Institutes of Health institute and who later served as deputy director and then acting director of the entire agency. Dr. Kirschstein was a dedicated advocate for underrepresented scientists and trainees — so much so that Congress recognized her in 2002 by renaming the National Research Service Award program in her honor.

Your tax-deductible gift will help us make our award in her name sustainable into perpetuity.

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Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates

The Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates offers financial support to students who will one way or another diversify the scientific workforce. Each year, the society awards five $2,000 awards to outstanding undergraduates. We’d like to double the number of scholarships we issue beginning in 2021.

The scholarship is named after the late Marion Sewer, Ph.D., a leader in the field of steroid hormone biosynthesis at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Sewer also was deputy chair of the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee. She was just 43 years old when she died suddenly while traveling.

Dr. Sewer wrote an article for our member magazine, ASBMB Today, in 2016 about how to make science more inclusive and how to retain talented students and scientists of color. She emphasized “the critical importance of a multipronged approach.” We have used Dr. Sewer’s article, published posthumously, as an informal roadmap. We have acted on several of her suggestions, most recently developing a federally funded program for URM graduate students and postdocs. But there’s still much more for us to do.

Your tax-deductible gift will help us support the newest members of the scientific enterprise.

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ASBMB General Fund

Your tax-deductible gift to the general fund will help support the ASBMB's other awards, grants and programs, including awards for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research at the ASBMB Annual Meeting.

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