American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Program



The American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) Program (formerly known as the ASM Branch Lectureships or Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lectures) annually selects a scientifically diverse group of distinguished lecturers to deliver lectures at ASM Branch meetings throughout the country.  Lecturers are chosen through a competitive nomination process, and only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen to participate in the program. 

The ASMDL program was originally sponsored by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, and for many years was solely funded by the Foundation.  Recently, ASM has assumed full responsibility for funding the program, and has continued the tradition of scientific excellence that has made the program a mainstay of Branch programming for 40+ years.  In the last 20 years alone, ASM Distinguished Lecturers have provided over 500 lectures to thousands of Branch meeting attendees. 

An important component of the ASMDL program is its emphasis on providing opportunities for students to interact with prominent lecturers who represent a wide range of scientific interest areas.  At Branch meetings, ASMDL Lecturers interact directly with students in a variety of ways, including participating in informal discussions and round tables and attending and judging posters and/or oral presentations. 

The ASM Distinguished Lecturer program is administered through the Office of Branch Activities in the Membership Services Department of ASM. 

Office of Branch Activities
Membership Services Department
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036 
Phone - (202) 942-9381
Fax - (202) 942-9346

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The ASM Distinguished Lecturer Committee is pleased to announce its roster for the 2016-2017 program year - ASMDL Lecturers and Topics