About the Committee
The Membership Committee is charged with considering, reviewing, and recommending actions to implement existing and new programs and services to meet the needs of the Society’s membership and support the Society’s overall mission and strategic plan. A major goal of the committee is to identify member-centric benefits, strengthen programs, and develop new initiatives to support transitioning and young career scientists that drive member and dues revenue growth.
The committee is expected to introduce programs and services designed to recruit new members in addition to programs to retain and engage the Society’s current members. The Membership Committee will:
- Work with other ASCB committees to produce, modify, expand and strengthen programs;
- Develop new initiatives to support transitioning and young career scientists, such as the Mentor Match program;
- Ensure that the “voice of the member” continues to be heard and used to inform applicable discussions and decision-making by the Society’s leadership;
- Review membership dues, as needed;
- Develop opportunities for members to connect and collaborate throughout the year, such as the online community platform and regional scientific meeting partnership program; and
- Identify ways to ensure that the Society’s membership reflects the depth and breadth of the cell biology community, consistent with ASCB’s diversity, equity, and inclusivity policies.
Committee membership is open to Postdocs and Regular members. Full members serve three-year terms renewable once. New members must serve one year as Associate members before being considered as full members. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in addressing issues and problems that impact our members.
Members participate in 2-3 one-hour-long conference calls and one in-person meeting held during the Cell Bio Conference–An ASCB|EMBO Meeting.