ASBMB Student Chapters

Mission Statement


The ASBMB Student Chapters is devoted to building a national network of undergraduate students and faculty for the advancement of research, education, and science outreach. Our mission is to provide networking opportunities and career development opportunities at regional and national conferences, access to research and science outreach, as well as grants and awards to facilitate these aims.   

Goals of the ASBMB Student Chapters 

  • To assist in the development of strong undergraduate programs in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • To provide undergraduate programs with access to seminar speakers and regional programs and symposia
  • To foster interactions between undergraduate educational and outreach programs both regionally and nationally.
  • To recognize outstanding educational activities in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology by individuals and by programs.

Advantages of Joining the ASBMB Student Chapters


Student Benefits:

  • Membership to ASBMB
  • Free online subscriptions to the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), Molecular & Cellular Proteomics (MCP) and the Journals of Lipid Research (JLR)
  • Free subscription to the society monthly magazine, ASBMB Today
  • Free subscription to the ASBMB undergraduate newsletter Enzymatic
  • Eligible for $500 travel awards to attend the ASBMB annual meeting and the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition
  • Exclusive awards and scholarships: the Undergraduate Research award, outreach awards, the Outstanding Chapter Award, the Science Fair Award and more
  • Election into the ASBMB National Honor Society
  • Career Resources - employment, grant and internship opportunities

Faculty Benefits:

  • Access to the ASBMB Accreditation Program
  • Funding for undergraduate projects 
  • Financial support for K-12 science outreach and education
  • Funding through the Outstanding Chapter award
  • Discounted registration fees to the ASBMB annual meeting
  • Eligible for competitive travel grants to attend the ASBMB Annual Meeting 
  • Education and professional development opportunities


Chapter Responsibilities


Responsibilities of a chapter:

  • Recruit student members to the chapter
  • Maintain active ASBMB membership for all chapter members
  • Maintain an updated list of all student members and their contact information
  • Conduct science outreach and sponsor high school science fairs
  • Organize regional poster conferences
  • Attend and support education sessions at the ASBMB Annual Meeting
  • Generate articles for Enzymatic
  • Organize journal clubs
  • Organize and support the ASBMB Honor Society

 Responsibilities of chapter adviser:

  • Communicate with the ASBMB Student Chapters regional director on a regular basis
  • Report new chapter activities to the regional director and ASBMB or designate a student member to provide regular updates
  • Facilitate and submit applications for scholarships and awards
  • Support student activities 
  • Serve as mentor for students

Start a chapter on your campus

How to organize a chapter 
Participate in the ASBMB Day of Service