Program Overview and Registration

CREST modeling teams consist of two or more undergraduate students (5-10 team members are ideal). Although most program resources are open-access, teams must REGISTER to gain access some of the program materials (team workspaces, interactions with other teams, access to web conferences).

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The Center for BioMolecular Modeling (CBM) provides resources and support with regards to:

  1. Online Jmol training on how to design physical models of proteins to be built on 3D printers
  2. Background information on the research topic

A team may opt to utilize 3D printers at their institution to build their own protein models. The CBM provides support on how to transfer model designs from Jmol to a format understood by 3D printers. (See Building a Model for details.) For those teams who do not have access to 3D printers, the CBM can build a medium-sized protein at a program-subsidized cost of $250. Teams that meet certain criteria may also compete for a model award to get their model built for free. (See Award Applications for more details.)

The program culminates in a “CREST Conversation” at the ASBMB annual meeting, where team members bring their model to an informal conversation with the scientists whose labs are involved in studying the research topic. The models facilitate conversations among researchers and students. Teams may also apply for a travel award to defer the costs of attending the ASBMB meeting. (See Award Applications for more details.)

Additional Resources

Register your CREST Team Today!

Questions about the CREST Program? Contact Margaret Franzen at or 414-277-2806. We look forward to hearing from you!

The CREST Project is funded by NSF-DUE 1022793 and NSF-DUE 1323414.

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