ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone 2016)

The Program
The ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone) is the successor program to the ASM-Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, formerly the Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowship program from several years ago.

The goal of this program is to “fulfill the later stages of undergraduate professional development” for underrepresented minority students (URM). This program seeks to enhance the presentation skills of students after their research experiences. The ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone) will focus on enhancing presentations and networking skills, and provide students with resources to transition to disciplinary scientific meetings.

Prospective applicants must have conducted research in microbiology prior to applying to the UR-Capstone.

Application Process
Prospective applicants must:
    • Have participated in an undergraduate research program at a U.S. based institution
    • Submit a research abstract for presentation to ASM Microbe 2016

Note: For more details on abstract submissions to ASM Microbe 2016, please visit:

Selected students will:

    • Present the research at a national meeting
    • Attend the Research Capstone Institute before ASM Microbe 2016, to enhance their chances of furthering their graduate/professional training

Preference will be given to juniors and seniors.
Applicants must:

    • Be an ASM member,
    • Be U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. resident, 
    • Be enrolled as full-time matriculating undergraduate student during the 2015-2016 academic years. (Freshmen with college level research experience, sophomores, juniors, or seniors who will not graduate before December 2015), 
    • Be from an underrepresented minority group (groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders), a community college, a minority serving institution, a first generation college student or non-traditional student, 
    • Have conducted research in the microbiological sciences at a U.S institution (host mentor is not required to be an ASM member, but recommended),
    • Have a strong interest in obtaining a research career and post-graduate training in research within the microbiological sciences, and
    • Be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at ASM Microbe

Note: Students cannot be a previous recipient of a UR-Capstone award

The UR-Capstone program is supported by funds provided by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
The awards package includes:

    • Up to $1500 travel support will be provided for students who will attend the ASM Research Capstone Institute and present the results of their research project at ASM Microbe 2016. Travel support will cover airfare, hotel accommodations, and the ASM Microbe Meeting registration
    • Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for ASM Microbe 2016

Criteria for Selection
Student applicants should be able to demonstrate:

    • Academic achievement
    • Achievement with previous research experiences or independent projects
    • Commitment to research
    • Career goals as a research scientist
    • Personal motivation to participate in the program
    • Leadership skills
    • Involvement in activities that serve the needs of underrepresented groups.


January 20th

Click HERE to apply.
For more information, contact:
ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone)
Education Board
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-942-9283/Fax: 202-942-9329