ASM's premier award for sustained contributions to the microbiological sciences.
The nominee must be a mature scientist, active or retired, from any relevant area of microbiology.
A cash prize of $20,000, a commemorative piece, and travel to the ASM General Meeting where the laureate delivers the Abbott-ASM Lifetime Achievement Award lecture.
Nominations will be considered without updating for three years. Self-nominations and more than one nomination per nominee will not be accepted. Only one nominating form and two supporting forms are accepted per nomination. The two supporters must be persons other than the nominator who are familiar with the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. Only one of the three individuals involved in the nomination may be employed at the nominee's institution. The nominator and supporters must not share employers. Nominations must consist of the following: