What your dues pay for

Your membership dues are an investment — not only in your personal professional growth, but in the broader community of biochemists and molecular biologists that you are a part of.

Here are some highlights of the activities your dues funded in the last year.

Advocating for research funding and sound science policies on behalf of our members

The ASBMB public affairs team works tirelessly to advocate for our members, communicating with government officials and funding agencies to represent our members' interests.

In 2023, the public affairs team:

Published 9 position statements outlining the society's position on issues of funding, inclusivity and student debt.

Wrote 18 comment letters to congress and funding agencies about funding, DEAI, immigration and other issues.

Published 19 articles in ASBMB Today highlighting policy issues for our members.

During our annual Hill Day, 18 ASBMB members from 16 states held meetings with 40 congressional offices.

Throughout the year, ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee members met with 11 federal agencies and NIH institutes to discuss member engagement, funding opportunities and upcoming policy changes.

Ensuring that the next generation of scientists receives exceptional professional-development opportunities

Professional development is at the heart of what we do, and we have programs that help ensure the next generation of scientists is prepared for careers in science.

In 2023, the society gave more than 280 travel awards to early-career faculty, undergraduate faculty, graduate students, postdocs and undergraduate students to support their participation at the annual meeting, DiscoverBMB.

In addition, 23 graduate students from diverse backgrounds who received travel awards were paired with mentors through the Professor Rounds program.

ASBMB accreditation recognizes excellence in undergraduate degree programs in biochemistry and molecular biology and related disciplines. Since 2013, the ASBMB has accredited 110 programs at colleges and universities.

The ASBMB exam allows students enrolled at ASBMB-accredited schools to demonstrate their mastery of the core competencies in biochemistry and molecular biology. In 2023, 926 students at 80 institutions took the exam.

A total of 116 universities and colleges are home to ASBMB Student Chapters.

Promoting equity and accessibility in science

Through funding opportunities, training and mentorship, and opportunities to hear from established scientists, the ASBMB provides resources and opportunities for underrepresented scientists.

The ASBMB MOSAIC program provides tailored mentoring and training to postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds. Dozens of trainees are benefiting from the five-year program.

Each year, 10 undergraduates win $2,000 Marion Sewer scholarships supported by the society and New England Biolabs.

The ASBMB Maximizing Access Committee and Women in BMB Committee create programming that allows underrepresented researchers to present their work and connect with experienced scientists for career advice.

Providing courses and workshops on lab management, grant writing, science communication and more

The ASBMB offers a range of professional-development training taught by experienced instructors who are experts in their respective fields. From webinars on funding sources, job searches or teaching practices to courses on communicating about science — whether in grant applications, public lectures or in print.

In 2023:

36 contributors wrote 108 bylined articles and essays in ASBMB Today.

12 Advocacy Training Program delegates worked on a variety of issues, including decolonizing data collection, addressing mental health on research campuses and bringing awareness of science education inequities.

30 people, including four midcareer faculty members, participated in the re-launched IMAGE workshop to enhance their grant-writing skills.

10 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and Spain got advanced training in the U.S. and Canada thanks to the PROLAB program, supported by the ASBMB and International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.