ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award

This travel award encourages increased participation of underrepresented minority (URM) groups in the ASM Microbe 2019. ASM will select faculty, post-doctoral scholars or graduate students from URM groups in the microbiological sciences or faculty from Minority Serving Institutions.

Underrepresented Minority (URM) Groups are U.S. citizens of racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research, such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Program Details

Each awardee will be offered up to $1,000 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM Microbe 2019. Allowable expenses are meeting registration, roundtrip economy airfare and lodging.


To qualify for consideration the applicant must be: 
  • A current ASM member at the time of ASM Microbe 2019.
  • From one of the targeted groups:
    • Faculty from a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).
    • Faculty from community colleges.
    • URM Faculty regardless of institutional type.
    • URM Postdoctoral Scholars.
    • URM Graduate Students.
  • A U.S. citizen.
  • Positioned to have access to students from URM groups pursuing areas related to the microbiological sciences.
  • Experienced in training and mentoring minority students (URM postdoctoral fellows can be selected in this category because of their potential to serve as role models and mentors for URMs training at their institutions).
  • Committed to research in microbiology and related sciences, diversity and volunteer services.


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