How the ASCB Can Support You throughout Your Career

ASCB provides benefits to members at each stage of their professional career including:


At the discounted rate for undergrads you can attend the annual ASCB|EMBO Meeting, network with scientists in your fields of interest, and gain visibility through the very popular judged Undergraduate Poster Competition. As an undergrad you have access to all ASCB career resources, including online CV review, as well as access to the members-only directory. If you have an idea what field of research you want to go into, the directory can be invaluable in making the right connections.

Graduate Students/Postdocs

 Develop Your Career
Graduate students and postdocs can benefit from ASCB’s professional development offerings. These include the 2019 East and West Summer Biotech Courses to help members become more competitive for jobs in biotech, medtech, and pharma. Both courses provide need-based financial aid for those looking to attend.

In addition, career-related resources, such as online CV review by senior scientists or industry professionals and free posting of CVs on the ASCB job board, can help you get recognized by potential employers.

 Apply for Awards

ASCB offers several awards specifically for graduate student and postdoc members. The new ASCB Porter Prizes for Research Excellence and the Merton Bernfield Award are aimed at graduate students and postdocs and offer cash prizes from $1,000–$4,000. ASCB also provides travel awards to the ASCB|EMBO meeting each year.

Get Involved and Give Back

Graduate students and postdocs have the right to vote in ASCB elections and to make award nominations. They can also promote the interests of the next generation of scientists by getting involved in ASCB’s standing Committee for Postdocs and Graduate Students (COMPASS). For trainees interested in science outreach, ASCB also provides funding of up to $1,000 for new science outreach initiatives.

 Regular Members

 Elevate Your Outreach

Your outreach work can inspire and develop the next generation of scientists. New this year, ASCB’s Public Engagement Grants offer up to $35,000 in funding to elevate your outreach by paying for materials and supplies, marketing, and salary for public engagement projects.

Make an Impact

The ASCB has many committees you can get involved with as a regular member to help influence the future of the Society and science as a whole. In no particular order, these are: Nominating, Council, Women in Cell Biology, Minorities Affairs, International Affairs, Public Policy/Advocacy, Education, Public Information, Finance & Audit, Membership, and LGBTQ+. Look out for your opportunity to join a committee this fall.

Get Access to Publications

Providing access to cutting-edge science, ASCB offers a free subscription to Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) as well as member discounts on MBoC Article publication charges. The ASCB Newsletter, sent to members 6 times a year, is a great way to stay up-to-date in policy and community news and get great career advice.


Educators from two-year institutions and high schools receive free registration to the ASCB|EMBO meeting.

Want to improve your teaching (or help someone else improve theirs)?  ASCB’s Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring Network is a hands-on mentoring program available to educators that guides instructors to put into practice effective methods of active learning under the sustained mentorship of other instructors with experience in evidence-based active learning.

Member Benefits for All Career Categories

In an effort to help you collaborate, be recognized, and stay informed, we offer benefits for members of all career stages. As a member, you will receive deep discounts on ASCB|EMBO Meeting registration fees and are granted access to ASCB programs, courses, grants, honorific cash awards, complimentary access to member-only content like webinars on leadership development.

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