Honor Society

The ASBMB Honor Society, ΧΩΛ, recognizes exceptional undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing degrees in the molecular life sciences at colleges or universities with ASBMB Student Chapters. Students are recognized for their scholarly achievement, research accomplishments and outreach activities.

Nomination process

To be eligible, undergraduate nominees must:

  • Be members of the ASBMB Student Chapters.
  • Be juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate exceptional achievement in academics, undergraduate research and science outreach.

Nominations may be submitted by either a faculty ASBMB member or by the student member.

Nomination materials must include:

  • A completed ASBMB Honor Society application form.
  • A copy of an official or unofficial transcript indicating science courses taken and overall GPA.
  • Two completed ASBMB Honor Society reference forms. These reference forms will replace the recommendation letters used in the past and should be completed by the applicant's Student Chapter adviser and a faculty member that together are knowledgeable about the applicant's research, ASBMB Student Chapters involvement, and outreach activities. These forms can be submitted with the application by uploading OR by email directly to

Information pertaining to COVID-19

  • If the applicant has been unable to pursue undergraduate research due to COVID-19, they may describe an open-ended inquiry experience and should provide the Honor Society reference form from the instructor of record. Examples include course based research, wet lab research, computational research, and literature based research.
  • Science outreach can include virtual formats.

Election into the honor society

After a student is elected into ΧΩΛ, a photo and short biography will be published on the ASBMB website. The student also will be recognized during the ASBMB Exemplary Contributions to Education Award lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting and featured in ASBMB Today. Those unable to attend the annual meeting will be sent an official certificate and ΧΩΛ lapel pin.

2022 Honor Society members at the ASBMB Annual Meeting

2022 Honor Society members at the ASBMB Annual Meeting