MSI Partnerships

MSI Partnership Program
This program is a collaboration between the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) and Student Chapters Committee to encourage the establishment of chapters at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). The program requires that an existing chapter (mentor institution) forms a partnership with a MSI that is interested in establishing a new chapter. The MSI may be located in any part of the U.S., and is not limited to the region within which the mentor institution resides. Partnerships last for three years.

It is the hope of the ASBMB that this initiative will serve as a platform whereby young scientists from groups typically underrepresented in the molecular life sciences will learn about and engage with the work of the society.  It is our expectation that the existing faculty adviser will serve as a mentor to the faculty adviser of the MSI as the new chapter develops.

Reasons to Join
In addition to all the benefits of being part of ASBMB Student Chapters, chapters that are part of a partnership receive the following:


  1. MSI chapter membership dues will be waived for three consecutive years at up to $100 per year.
  2. The MSI adviser will receive $850 travel award to the ASBMB Annual meeting for three consecutive years after chapter creation. 

Mentor Institution:

  1. The faculty adviser of the mentor institution will receive his/her annual membership dues to the society ($140) paid for the first year of the partnership.
  2. The adviser of the mentor institution receives an $850 travel award to the ASBMB annual meeting.

Mentoring functions may include, but are not limited to, advising on student activities, organizing joint outreach or professional development functions (if geographically possible), giving pointers on how to navigate the ASBMB’s many opportunities such as travel to the annual meeting, getting chapter funding for science outreach activities, and student participation at the annual undergraduate research competition.  The MSI member students will additionally be able to take advantage of many of the research opportunities regularly posted at the ASBMB website.

To find a MSI near you, visit the U.S. Department of Education published list of Accredited Postsecondary Minority Institutions

For more information on the MSI Partnership program and to find out how to apply, contact: