The ASBMB Honor Society, ΧΩΛ, is a prestigious distinction given to 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.
Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Benefits and 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 William C. Rose Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting and will be featured in ASBMB Today. All Honor Society inductees will receive an official certificate, ΧΩΛ lapel pin and graduation cord.
To be eligible, undergraduate nominees must:
- Be active members of the ASBMB Student Chapters.
- Be juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Demonstrate high 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.
- A copy of an official or unofficial transcript indicating science courses taken and overall GPA included in the application.
- Two completed ASBMB Honor Society reference forms completed within the online application system. After the applicant indicates the referees and sends their requests, referees will be prompted to complete the online form. PDF versions of the form used prior to the 2024 application cycle will not be accepted.
Review of applications
During a rigorous review process, applications will be scored against the specified criteria listed below. Applicants are highly encouraged to discuss their application with their Student Chapter adviser and research mentor. Review criteria include the following:
- An evaluation of the applicant's engagement in undergraduate research, including the time spent doing research, the applicant's progress during that time, the level of engagement/independence on the project, presentation at a scientific conference (home institution, local, regional, national or international) and the quality of the research project description.
- An evaluation of the service and/or outreach activities in which the applicant has participated. Activities include — but are not limited to — hosting scientific speakers, leading campus events or hosting scientific events in the local community, such as with schools or museums. While all levels of participation are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to those who have (i) led activities rather than simply attending and (ii) participated in both campus activities and activities outside the campus community.
- The extent to which the applicant has been involved in their ASBMB Student Chapter (leadership, regular attendee or non-active member).
- The extent to which the references verify the above activities (research, outreach/service and student chapter involvement).
- The extent to which the applicant has experienced barriers to participating in these activities. Such barriers might include — but are not limited to — caregiving responsibilities, the need for employment to pay for their education or systemic barriers that exist due to the applicant's identity as a member of a historically underserved community.
Graduation year: 2024
Rochester Institute of Technology
"Joining the ASBMB Honor Society has allowed me to network with other students and members of ASBMB. Being affiliated with a professional scientific organization in this way has helped me gain experience in career development opportunities, research, and science outreach activities through my institution’s ASBMB student chapter."
Dalton M. Dencklau
Graduation year: 2024
Grand View University
"Growing up as a queer individual in small-town Iowa, I found it difficult to find a community where I felt welcomed and appreciated. Being inducted into the ASBMB Honor Society gave me a sense of belonging in a community where I am welcomed and recognized because of my passion for science, not who I love."
Graduation year: 2023
"I applied for the ASBMB Honor Society to connect with peers and discuss how they were reaching their community. As a result, I have new ideas to pass on to Purdue’s Biochemistry Club that will aid developing scientists. Additionally, my membership demonstrates to graduate programs that I am dedicated to a goal that is larger than myself."