ASM SWPI: Program Impacts and Expansion

To support beginning scientists in advancing academically and professionally in the microbial sciences, the Society has offered its ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) since 2010. Sponsored by the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, the SWPI is led by ASM members who have published widely, reviewed manuscripts, and served on the editorial boards of major journals. In 2015, the Committee conducted a comprehensive survey to measure the effectiveness, strengths, and weaknesses of the institute; gather information on the achievements of its alumni; and highlight opportunities to strengthen the program. 

  • Read the full report here.
  • Read the article discussing the program's impacts and expansion here.
  • Learn more about SWPI here.

JMBE: Seeking Manuscripts Related to Citizen Science


The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is now accepting manuscripts for a second thematic issue centered on scientific citizenship. Submit your best ideas on teaching citizen science, engaging and educating a lay audience, and other topics relating to citizen science.  To learn more about guidelines for submission, and other important information, go to:

Content Now Available for ASM Spring M(icro)OOCs Series

Content Now Available for ASM Spring M(icro)OOCs Series   

moocs cover 1Did you miss the spring ASM M(icro)OOC series? In case you missed it, ASM has made all recordings and materials for the 2015 spring M(icro)OOC series available to the public.

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Learn How to “Turn Your Science into a Company” by Attending the ASM workshop. Deadline: 8/20.

ASM Turning Your Science into a Company

October 1 – 3, 2015 
ASM Headquarters | Washington, DC 
Deadline: August 20, 2015

The ASM Turning Your Science into a Company workshop provides graduates, postdoctoral and early career scientists the unique opportunity to receive practical tips, advice, and resources from successful leaders of start-ups and small businesses.

Workshop topics cover:

  • Steps for structuring start-up businesses including research, product development, and commercialization
  • Resources for conducting market research analysis
  • Alternatives for financing a business
  • When, why, and how to exit a business

Workshop registration fee:

  • ASM members: $650

For more information, please visit the Turning Your Science into a Company webpage.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Enhance grant writing skills at the ASM Kadner Institute. Apply by 5/31.

At the Kadner Institute, participants will have an unique opportunity to enhance their skills in various areas of grantwriting and scientific communication, to learn about the rewards and preparation for various careers in microbiology, to help their professional development as microbiologists, and to participate in a demanding and intensive, yet enjoyable and constructive experience with both peers and senior microbiologists from around the country.

Deadline to apply: May 31, 2015

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"The Kadner Institute had a level of depth and usefulness that is often unmatched in other training programs. I will undoubtedly incorporate many of the skills I learned at the institute in the coming years as I transition into a professional setting." - Previous Participant