We cannot emphasize enough the value these membership offer. BESTie, Aaron Joiner, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). If you ever have doubts about becoming part of a professional society related to your field, see why Aaron believes it is worth it:
"Being a member of both of these societies has provided me with an opportunity to attend very large research conferences where I have gained ideas for my research. I've also made some professional connections via networking and spent time learning about potential careers in administration and intellectual property law. Additionally, membership to these societies has provided me with an extra source for information about the political happenings that are affecting the scientific community.
I would recommend membership to either one of these societies for anyone who is interested in presenting their research to a broad scientific audience or would like an opportunity to meet members of their fields from other institutions."-Aaron Joiner