Apply by May 1st for the ASM Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship


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"Receiving the ASM Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship has had a tremendous impact on my graduate career. I've had the opportunity to meet amazing scientists at all career levels. I've made lasting connections with both my peers and prospective employers alike. I've learned about scientific career opportunities I would have never known about otherwise. Having the Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship on my CV helps designate me from my peers when applying for competitive awards and has helped me obtain several other prestigious research and career development opportunities. This award is about so much more than the financial support, its about reaching your true potential as a research scientist by connecting with and learning from the brightest minds in Microbiology." -J. Alan Goggins '14-'17

The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/watkins16wn

Register for ASMCUE by May 16 and Save $100!

Stop what you're doing right now and take advantage of our Early Registration prices!  Receive discounted rates to attend ASMCUE, including special registration rate for Grad Students and Postdocs. While registering, attendees have the option to support a colleague’s attendance to the conference by making a donation to the ASMCUE travel grant fund. Fees will increase after May 16.

Register here: http://bit.ly/asmcueearlyregwn

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Explore the Scientific Writing and Publishing Process with ASM Journals Editors. Deadline: 12/1.

The ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) Online is a three-month, six-part professional development webinar series designed to provide graduate students and postdoctoral and early-career scientists with the skills set needed to successfully publish in scientific journals.

Cost: $150

Deadline: December 1

Click here to learn more.

Participants are encouraged to take what they learn in this workshop, prepare a draft manuscript using their newfound skills, and apply for the SWPI face-to-face workshop where they will be coached in small groups with individualized feedback from ASM journals editors. Additional details can be found here


 Tips for Writing Compelling Titles

  • Grab the readers’ attention

Try to catch both the specialist and the generalist. For example, the title “Dissection of the Burkholderia intracellular life cycle using a photothermal nanoblade” will catch the interest of scientists studying Burkholderia, scientists studying bacteria that cause infection by living inside eukaryotic cells, and a broader range of scientists who want to know what a photothermal nanoblade is.

  • Make a strong, declarative statement

The title should convey the main thesis of your work and give insight into the major findings. Use definitive statements. For example, use “The RegA protein represses geneA transcription by competing with RNA polymerase at the -35 region of the promoter” instead of “Characterization of RegA-mediated control of geneA transcription.”

  • Indicate what is novel, innovative and/or broadly relevant about your work

If your study is the first to show a particular phenomenon or mechanism, use a general statement to indicate the novelty of the finding. Examples include “TypeVI secretion delivers bacteriolytic effectors to target cells”, “Caspase-11 protects against bacteria that escape the vacuole”, and “Reconstitution of a bacterial autotransporter assembly using purified components”.

-Peggy Cotter, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Learn more from Dr. Cotter and other ASM journals editors at the ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute (SWPI) Online

 

Biology Scholars Teaching with Data: Course-Based Undergraduate Research- Application Deadline: April 11

Do not miss your chance to apply! This course will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on June 15-16. Participants will work with Mentors to implement Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) either based on their own research or by adapting an existing project.  

Deadline approaching! Read more about the goals, benefits, syllabus and apply today: http://bit.ly/bspqubesapprmndrwn

 

Register for the last webinar in the ASM M(icro)OOCs Series - Publishing: Ethics in RCR

Join us for the last installment of the ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research Series. During our final webinar: “Publishing: Ethics in RCR”, participants will learn how to justify the need for student RCR training. Also, the webinar will cover tools and techniques for planning engaging learning experiences that promote student learning of ethics in RCR with a focus on responsible conduct. Deadline to register is November 16th. Visit ASMscience to register now:  http://bit.ly/2015itrmoocwebinarwn

Dr. Steven Blanke provides helpful tips on the scientific writing process

Dr. Blanke, Chair of the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course, provides the following writing suggestions:

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Hone your scientific writing skills with Dr. Blanke at the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course in Washington, DC August 12-14 where you will receive an intensive coaching and a closely guided experience in the scientific writing and publishing process. 

After completing the course, you will have:

  • a detailed plan for improving their draft manuscript, 
  • hands-on experience in critiquing abstracts and manuscripts, 
  • a network of peers and mentors to share critiques and advice, and 
  • tools and resources for developing future manuscripts and abstracts.

Additional details can be found here: http://bit.ly/swpc16wn. The deadline to apply is June 30.

Join our 2015-2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program – Last chance to apply!

The application deadline is now approaching for the 2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows (STF) Program. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join this 5-month, online professional development program that prepares doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at various non-doctoral institutions. Our fellows work with facilitators, mentors and professionals in the field to learn the best practices in curriculum development, student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement for scientific teaching.

Application Deadline: November 2, 2015. Apply Now!

Receive funding to attend ASMCUE! Apply for our travel grant by April 15!

ASM offers a travel award to attend the Conference for Undergraduate Educators that will take place in North Bethesda, MD from July 21-24, 2016. The award is a $750 travel subsidy presented upon completion of travel and submission of receipts for ASMCUE travel, lodging, and/or registration expenses. 
 
Visit our website to learn about eligibility and apply: http://bit.ly/asmcuetarmndrwn 
 
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2016 ASMCUE Leadership Grant for International Educators-Apply Today!

The Leadership Grant for International Educators enables a select group of microbiology/biology/health science undergraduate educators from resource-limited countries to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) as well as a pre-conference workshop. This program connects international leaders in STEM education with the resources to develop and pilot innovative pedagogy and learning modules to support student engagement in the microbiology/biology/health sciences.

Application Deadline: November 9, 2015

Please visit our website to learn more about ASMCUE and the eligibility requirements for this award.

Improve your Grant Writing Skills by Attending the 2016 ASM Grant Writing Course

Improve your grant writing skills by attending the ASM Grant Writing Course. Open to graduate students and postdoctoral and early career scientists who are interested in receiving personalized guidance in grant preparation and review, this hands-on workshop will enhance skills and provide valuable information in grant writing. The course will be held from August 12-14 in Washington, DC.

The deadline to apply is June 30. 

Click here to learn more. 

Join our 2015-2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program - Application Now Open

Applications are now open for the 2016 ASM Science Teaching Fellows (STF) Program. This 5-month, online professional development program prepares doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. Our fellows work with facilitators, mentors and professionals on the field to learn the best practices in curriculum development, student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement for scientific teaching.

Applications are now open, space is limited. Apply Now! Application Deadline: November 2, 2015

Join a new Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) and help your students improve their quantitative skills!

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ASM's Biology Scholars Program and Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) have partnered to improve student understanding of quantitative skills in the microbiological sciences. Future and early-career faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of two intensive in-person and online training opportunities specifically developed to enhance teaching methods.

Join a robust learning and mentoring community! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/bspqubesappwn

 

ASMCUE Session Proposal Due October 15

If you have an idea for a session and would like to present, submit a session proposal. The Planning Committee will review proposals and issue invitations to accept presenters beginning in December. 

Click here
 to learn more about proposal requirements.

New Themed Issue on Scientific Citizenship Now Available!

JMBE, ASM’s premier, open-access science education publication has a new themed issue on Scientific Citizenship! Readers can expect essays on the current state of citizen science, lessons on how to engage and train citizen scientists, how-to articles on authentic research experiences and public outreach activities, curricular and nontraditional approaches to engaging citizens in science, detailed outcomes of popular citizen science activities, and reviews of citizen science resources.
 
For the complete Table of Contents, visit: http://bit.ly/jmbethemedis2016wn 

Only two webinars left in ASM M(icro)OOC series on Integrating Teaching & Research – Register Now!

In this ASM webinar series, Members have been learning about student involvement in authentic research experiences and ways to assess scientific thinking. The next two webinars will showcase interesting research being done by undergraduates and provide advice on mentoring strategies that encourage ongoing responsible conduct of research for students.  Deadlines to register for the October and November offerings are October 19th and November 16th respectively.  Visit ASMscience to register now:  http://bit.ly/2015itrmoocwebinarwn

Don’t miss your chance to deliver a 15-minute oral presentation at ASMCUE 2016!

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Participate in the "Microbrew: Mixing Ideas for Successful Teaching Strategies in Microbiology and Biology" session by submitting an abstract describing something innovative you are doing in the classroom or laboratory.  Share your ideas and thoughts on best practices in microbiology and biology education and solicit feedback from your colleagues. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/asmcue2016microbrwwn

Save the Date! ASMCUE 2016 Heads to the Washington, DC Area

After a nationwide search, the venue for the 2016 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) has been selected.  We are pleased to announce that the conference will be held July 21-24, 2016 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

The group room rate is $129.00 plus taxes. You will see the hotel is right on the DC subway line and attendees can easily get to downtown DC. We hope that many can make a vacation of it with kids or explore the area. There are also several airports that service the location.

The deadline to submit a session proposal is October 15, 2015 and the abstract deadline is February 1, 2016. Keep an eye on the www.asmcue.org website for additional updates. 

Apply to the 2016 Biology Scholars Program Hybrid Courses- Deadline: March 1, 2016

As leaders in science education reform, Biology Scholars have produced more than 175 publications and 100 presentations related to their classroom assessments and research.   In each of the three hybrid courses, accepted participants will attend webinars and complete online assignments from March through July. The experience is completed after Scholars meet face-to-face at workshops held July 19-20 in North Bethesda, Maryland, just prior to the 23rd Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators.

Apply Now! For more information about selection criteria, eligibility and other general program questions, please contact us at biologyscholars@asmusa.org.

http://bit.ly/bsp2016applyrmindrwn

Register by 9/21 for the next ASM M(icro)OOCs webinar to discover whether your instruction helps students think scientifically

Register for the second webinar in the ASM M(icro)OOCs: Integrating Teaching & Research Series!

How to Instruct & Assess Scientific Thinking 

September 23, 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
Stephanie Gardner, Purdue University – Lafayette

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast elements of scientific thinking used by practicing scientists to those often taught in undergraduate biology curricula.
  • Identify elements of scientific thinking that can be incorporated into their current courses.
  • Evaluate current cognitive and affective assessments used to assess student scientific thinking.
  • Utilize an example teaching unit to develop their own teaching unit with assessment.

 

Click here to learn more about the offerings highlighted and how to register.

ASMCUE 2016: Registration Open and Abstract Deadlines Approaching

Registration for ASMCUE 2016 is now open!

ASMCUE gathers nearly 400 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Register by May 16 and save $100. To learn more about the conference, including information on workshops and upcoming deadlines, visit www.asmcue.org (http://bit.ly/asmcuereg2016lkin).

We do hope you will join us at the Bethesda North Marriott in North Bethesda, Maryland for the 23rd anniversary of this exciting scientific and pedagogically significant event!

Encourage Undergraduate Students to Submit an Abstract to ABRCMS 2015. Deadline 9/11.

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Attending ABRCMS provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Network with peers and scientists.
  • Present their research.
  • Learn about graduate schools, summer research opportunities, and postdoctoral fellowships.
  • Develop their scientific knowledge and professional development skills.

Meet students who won 2014 student presentation and travel awards:

Only One Week Remains to Apply for the ASM Grant Writing Institute Online. Deadline: 2/10.

ASM Grant Writing Institute Online

The program goal is to familiarize participants with the process of applying for NIH and NSF grants and provide the skills set needed to successfully obtain grants.

Topics include broad discussions of:

  • Writing NIH/NSF grants
  • Viewing grants from the reviewer's perspective

Participants will leave the program with:

  • An overview of the grant making enterprise and over funding landscape
  • Tips for successfully writing an NIH and NSF grant
  • Strategies on how to engage effectively with your audience

Cost

The cost for the Grant Writing Online webinar series is $150 for ASM members and $200 for non-members. Please note, no refunds will be given. Instead, all selected applicants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings.

Deadline: February 10

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/gwo16wn

2016 Education Planning Calendar

The 2016 Education Planning Calendar is now available. The calendar features deadlines, descriptions, and other information about ASM faculty and student programs, all designed to help members enhance the knowledge and skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. Take a look and mark pertinent deadlines on your calendar so that you or your students can take advantage of ASM many skills-sharpening opportunities.

Interested in improving student learning? Apply to a Biology Scholars Training Course Today!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Biology Scholars Program.  Applicants may choose from three hybrid courses, all geared toward improving student learning.  In each course, accepted participants will attend webinars and complete online assignments from March through July. The experience is completed after Scholars meet face-to-face at workshops held July 19-20 in North Bethesda, Maryland, just prior to the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators.

See which course is right for you:

-Assessment Course: Measuring Student Learning

-Education Research Course: Discipline-Based Education Research

-Writing and Publishing Course: From Science Education Research to Publication

Apply Now! For more information about selection criteria, eligibility and other general program questions, please contact us at biologyscholars@asmusa.org.

http://bit.ly/bspapply2016wn

The deadline for the ASM workshop “Turning Your Science into a Company” is one week away. Apply by 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.

In Case You Missed It! JMBE December Issue Now Available

The December issue (Volume 16, Issue 2) has been published. The 40-article issue includes research on how course climate may affect student persistence, instructions for an inquiry-based laboratory activity for brewing beer, tips for modeling the microbiome, and much more!
 

Register by August 24 for the ASM M(icro)OOCs Integrating Teaching & Research Series Bundle and Save!

ASM has organized a four-part webinar series designed to help faculty answer these questions:

  • How does a faculty member integrate their teaching and research responsibilities in an undergraduate setting? 
  • How can gains in student understanding and productivity be measured?  
  • How can you ensure students behave ethically in conducting and writing about their research? 

Attendees can sign up for webinars individually or purchase admission to the entire series. ASM Members receive discounted pricing. Sign up now for the ASM M(icro)OOC: Integrating Teaching & Research.   

Click here to learn more about the offerings highlighted and how to register.

Undergrads Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Receive Summer Research Funding.

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A recent survey showed that 99% of past ASM Undergraduate Research Fellows (URF) rated their experience as good or excellent. Since the completion of their fellowship, the survey respondents have given over 1,900 poster/oral presentations and published over 1,200 scientific publications. URF participants evaulated the program so highly because of the large gains made in the following areas:

  • understanding the research process,
  • expanding academic or professional contacts,
  • interacting with others with similar research interests, and 
  • learning to act professionally in a research setting

Apply for the 2016 URF Program

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at ASM Microbe the following year.

Students will:

  • Conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2016
  • Work with faculty mentors who are ASM members and who are employed at the students home institutions, and
  • Submit a research abstract for presentation at the 2017 Microbe Meeting.
The Fellowship provides:
  • Up to $4000 for student stipend, and
  • Up to $1000 in travel support for students to present the results of the research project at the 2017 Microbe Meeting. Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for ASM Microbe. 

Deadline: February 1

Additional detaials can be found here.

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.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Apply by 1/20 to Participate in the Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.

Receive money to present your research at ASM Microbe 2016, the largest meeting of microbiologists in the world.


The ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone) provides students with funds to attend the ASM Research Capstone Institute and present their research at ASM Microbe. 

Eligibility

  • 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

Learn more about the UR-Capstone Program here: http://bit.ly/capstone16wn.

To apply, visit: applications.asm.org 

JMBE: Seeking Manuscripts Related to Citizen Science

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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: http://bit.ly/jmbetheme2016wn

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Apply for the ASM/CDC Postdoc Fellowship Program by January 15.

For over 20 years ASM and the CDC have partnered together to provide resources for up to ten fellows to participate in the ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. All fellows receive an annual stipend, health benefits, and professional development opportunities as they perform research at a CDC location and study infectious diseases that cause significant public health problems.

For more details, visit: http://bit.ly/asmcdc16wn.

Deadline: January 15, 2016

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.

Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/spring2015mooccontentwn

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educations 2016 Preliminary Program Announced

Information on plenary speakers and sessions at ASMCUE 2016 are now available on the Preliminary Program page. Be sure to check back frequently for conference updates. We do hope you will join us at the Bethesda North Marriott in North Bethesda, Maryland for the 23rd anniversary of this exciting scientific and pedagogically significant event!

JMBE May Issue Now Available

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May Issue Now Available

Volume 16, Issue 1 of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) has been published. Be sure to read the Letter from the Editor in which Dr. Samantha L. Elliott, JMBE’s Editor-in-Chief, discusses new and ongoing initiatives for 2015. Also published in this issue are the abstracts for the 22nd Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE).

For the complete Table of Contents, visit: http://bit.ly/eTOCv16i1wn

JMBE December Issue Now Available

The December issue (Volume 16, Issue 2) has been published. The 40-article issue includes research on how course climate may affect student persistence, instructions for an inquiry-based laboratory activity for brewing beer, tips for modeling the microbiome, and much more!

For the complete Table of Contents, visit: http://bit.ly/eTOCv16i2wn

JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester: Episode 3 Now Available

jmbeprofiles3JMBE Profiles with Kari Wester is an interview series that highlights the volunteers that comprise the JMBE Editorial Board, the authors who contribute their work, and the education innovations that bring them together. In the third episode of the series, Kari sits down with ASM's Publishing Ethics Manager, Erika Davies, to discuss the importance of scientific ethics, responsible conduct of research, trends in research misconduct, and resources to help educate ASM members and non-members alike about the importance of scientific integrity.

Click here to watch episode three: http://bit.ly/jmbeprofiles3wn

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