Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education

The Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education provides leadership and direction in doctoral and postdoctoral education and aims to increase the number of students who enter and succeed in graduate and postdoctoral programs. Its activities include sponsoring and/or supporting the ASM/CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology, ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology, and ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute. It also maintains the ASM Graduate and Postdoctoral Opportunities Website. Cynthia Nau Cornelissen, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia) chairs the committee.

Mission 

The mission of the Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education is to:

  • Promote excellence in research and teaching in graduate and postdoctoral microbiology education
  • Ensure a broader inclusion of racial and gender diversity in graduate and postdoctoral education
  • Enhance access to diverse career opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists
 
Strategic Goals and Objectives (last updated January 2009)

The strategic goals and objectives of the Committee are to:

Goal 1: Develop and disseminate information about graduate and postdoctoral education

Objective 1.1: Identify resources for the ASMGAP website

Objective 1.2: Conduct Kadner Institute in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology

Objective 1.3: Sponsor EB sessions during the General Meeting

Objective 1.4: Recognize and showcase excellence in graduate teaching and research

Objective 1.5: Develop and conduct Institute in Scientific Publishing

Objective 1.6: Disseminate career information to graduate students and postdoctoral scientists

Objective 1.7: Develop and disseminate best practices in graduate and postdoctoral education in career development

 

Goal 2: Promote professional development and leadership in graduate and postdoctoral microbiology education

Objective 2.1: Identify and disseminate information about teaching postdoctoral programs

Objective 2.2: Develop a pilot for an ASM Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship

Objective 2.3: Increase participation of postdoctoral fellows in ASMCUE

Objective 2.4: Advocate for effective mentoring experiences for graduate and postdoctoral microbiology training

Objective 2.5: Conduct Kadner Institute in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology

Objective 2.6: Develop and conduct Institute in Scientific Publishing

 

Goal 3: Increase participation of individuals from underrepresented groups to ensure a globally competitive domestic workforce in microbiology

Objective 3.1: Promote existing programs to serve underrepresented groups

Objective 3.2: Ensure diversity in all GAP programs

 

Goal 4: Collaborate and form partnerships with organizations and ASM Committees focusing on graduate and postdoctoral education

Objective 4.1: Support membership to the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) and presentations at the NPA annual meeting

Objective 4.2: Share information with and sponsor a session at the Compact for Faculty Diversity Conference

Objective 4.3: Solicit the help of the ASM Membership and Communications Committees to get content for ASMGAP website



Cynthia Nau Cornelissen - CHAIR
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980678

Richmond, VA 23298-0678
T: 804-827-1754
F: 804-828-9946

E: cncornel@hsc.vcu.edu

 

Steven R. Blanke
Department of Microbiology
Institute for Genomic Biology
B103 CLSL

601 S. Goodwin Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
T: 217-333-6302

E: sblanke@life.uiuc.edu


Peggy Cotter

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

School of Medicine

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Campus Box 7290

530A Mary Ellen Jones

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7290

T: 919-966-2627

E: pcotter@med.unc.edu


Alfredo Torres

Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology

University of Texas Medical Branch

301 University Blvd

Galveston, Texas 77555-1070

T: 409-747-0189

F: 409-747-6869

E: altorres@utmb.edu

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