How Can You Get Involved?
Participate in trips to Capitol Hill
- Participate in regularly scheduled trips to Capitol Hill.
- Send messages about critical legislative action on Capitol Hill. You receive e-mail alerts from the ASCB notifying you about important action in Congress. More info
- Join Project 50, the ASCB Public Policy Advocacy Team and receive special updates on critical science policy issues, serve as a point of contact in your state to work with the Public Policy Committee, and organize your colleagues in support of biological research. More info
- Let your local civic leaders and neighbors know what is happening in their own backyard by arranging to give talks at religious and civic organizations, and writing Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds in your local newspapers.
Become a Committee Member or Associate
Science Discussion Tables at the Annual Meeting
- Become a Minorities Affairs Committee Postdoctoral Fellow. Apply to join the committee and participate in running MAC programs. More info
- Become an International Affairs Committee Associate. Help with ASCB's African Courses Project or upcoming initiatives in India, Turkey and South America; help enhance IAC’s website; help organize and participate in the roundtable discussions at the Annual Meeting; or serve as a host for international students and postdocs attending their first meeting. More info
- Serve as a Public Information Committee Associate, chiefly as an abstract screener for the press book. See what's going on in the entire field and help shape our public information message. Screening takes place late August-mid September). More info
Organize a Scientific Meeting
- Organize a one-day local meeting at your institution in 2013. More info/apply
Submit a Newsletter Article
- Submit an article for the ASCB Newsletter. New columns and suggestions are welcome. Tell other young scientists about career tips you got at a workshop, a webinar you might recommend, or some new techniques you are using in your lab…We welcome articles in the range of 200-600 words. More info
Enter a Contest or Apply for an Award
- Nominate yourself or someone else for the Merton Bernfield Memorial Award (grad students or postdocs) and/or Norton B. Gilula Award (for undergraduate and graduate students). More info
Use Social Networking
- Join the ASCB Facebook site. Please join, participate, and give it a chance to grow (be patient). We want it to become a good opportunity for networking and a conduit for information. Again, we encourage international membership. Join at www.facebook.com/ASCBiology.
- Contribute to CellTweets. Joining a squad of writers who tweet about interesting Molecular Biology of the Cell papers and link to 300-word stories written for the general public. We're also looking to build the Twitter buzz around the Annual Meeting and other ASCB events/contests/meetings. More info
- Blog (go to the WICB Committee).
- Attend the Junior Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows Career Development Workshop. Eligible applicants are underrepresented minorities in the sciences and/or those at minority-serving institutions. Awardees receive a travel award that covers registration, housing, meals and transportation. The workshop covers topics such as grant writing, lab management, tenure, and professional development. More info on 2013 coming soon.
- Apply for funding for summer courses at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Available for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs. More info at http://depts.washington.edu/fhl