Student Chapters

ASBMB Student Chapters are a national community of undergraduate students and faculty members promoting the advancement of biochemistry and molecular biology research, education and science outreach. The ASBMB provides networking and career-development opportunities with grants and awards to support members' academic and career goals.

Student benefits

Faculty benefits

Start or renew a chapter

Applications for new chapters are accepted on a rolling basis.

Current chapters can renew at any time, but must do so by Nov. 28 to be eligible for travel awards to the annual meeting.

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Instructions for using the application/renewal system

Questions? Contact

New Mexico State University, 2022 Outstanding Chapter. Pictured L–R: Theresa Lukitsch (treasurer), Danny Ibañez (president), Mohammad Badawy (secretary) and Clarissa Nuñez (vice president).

New Mexico State University, 2022 Outstanding Chapter. Pictured L–R: Theresa Lukitsch (treasurer), Danny Ibañez (president), Mohammad Badawy (secretary) and Clarissa Nuñez (vice president).


  • All chapters must be sponsored by a faculty adviser who is an active regular member of the ASBMB. This adviser will be the primary contact for the chapter's activities.
  • A minimum of five students is required to receive full chapter benefits.

Chapter responsibilities

  • Create an organizational structure. We recommend you elect chapter leaders (e.g. president, secretary, treasurer) to share responsibilities.
  • Recruit new members.
  • Organize science outreach activities.
  • Work with other chapters in your region to organize regional meetings.
  • Attend the ASBMB annual meeting.

Adviser responsibilities

  • Support student activities within the chapter.
  • Serve as a mentor for students.
  • Share new chapter activities with regional directors or through the Student Chapters Facebook page.
  • Encourage applications for ASBMB scholarships and awards.

Individual students interested in Student Chapters

If you are interested in starting a chapter at your institution or are wondering whether your institution already has a chapter, contact

Dates and deadlines

Aug. 1 Student Chapter 2022–2023 renewals begin
Oct. 1 Student Chapter Outreach Grant fall deadline
Nov. 28 Chapter renewal deadline
Nov. 30 Abstract and travel award deadline for #DiscoverBMB, the ASBMB annual meeting
Feb. 4 Honor Society application deadline
Feb. 4 Outstanding Chapter Award deadline
March 1 Student Chapter Outreach Grant spring deadline
March 1 Undergraduate Research Award deadline
March 25–28 #DiscoverBMB
June 1 Marion B. Sewer Scholarship deadline
June 15 Regional Meeting Award deadline

Additional resources

Award winners

Winners of the 2022 Undergraduate Poster Competition


Apply for awards to help pay for meetings, outreach and attending the ASBMB Annual Meeting.

Honor Society

The ASBMB Honor Society recognizes undergraduate students for their scholarly achievement, research accomplishments and outreach activities.


Tips on activities and downloads to help with chapter events.

Find a Student Chapter

Find local chapters and regional directors’ contact information.

Learn more about the Student Chapters


Science and medicine: Connecting the known and the unknown

Two years ago, Sally Zhang helped start an ASBMB Student Chapter at Emory University.


Undergrad chapter members honored

The ASBMB has inducted 57 exceptional students into its honor society, Chi Omega Lambda, and awarded the Outstanding Chapter award to the Northeastern University Student Chapter.


Cupcakes and bra pong — raising awareness through outreach

Students at Marymount Manhattan College raised breast cancer awareness on their campus with an event funded by an ASBMB Student Chapter Outreach Grant.


Premed from day 1 — researcher from day 3

In his senior year, Koushik Muralidharan was elected ASBMB Student Chapter president at Monmouth University.


Chapter president inspired by mother’s diagnosis

When she learned that her mother had colon cancer, Amanda Duplan, now a senior at Grand View University in Iowa, decided to get involved in research so she could study the underlying causes of...


Chapter leader finds his niche

Jacob Crosser, former president of the Purdue University ASBMB Student Chapter, started college thinking he wanted to study engineering, then he discovered biochemistry.