ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides students an opportunity to conduct research for 10 weeks during the Summer Semester, and attend ASM Microbe to present their research results. Faculty have an opportunity to mentor students and receive stipend and travel support for their students to conduct research.

Program Details

For Students:

  • Stipend to conduct 10-week summer research with a microbiologist at your home institution
  • Travel support to attend ASM Microbe (pending abstract acceptance)
  • Travel support to attend networking and presentation workshop
  • Recognition in a prestigious fellowship program
  • Opportunities to network with peers
Note: Community College students may conduct research at their home institution or at a nearby four-year university

For Faculty:

  • Support for students to conduct a summer research project
  • Opportunity to mentor an undergraduate student
  • Recognition in a prestigious fellowship program
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues


Student eligibility requirements include:

  • ASM membership
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or DACA eligibility
  • Full-time enrollment as a community college, undergraduate, or post-baccalaureate student
  • Involvement in a research project
  • An ASM member at their home institution to serve as a mentor
  • No other financial support for research during fellowship
Accepted project topics should fall under these scientific tracks. Please note that this program is dedicated to students pursuing scientific research and is not applicable to Medical School Students. 

Faculty eligibility requirements include:

  • ASM membership
  • Not having had a student receive the ASM-URF in the previous two fellowship years
  • Having an appointment at the same institution as the student applicant
  • Having an ongoing research project
  • Justifying financial need for the fellowship to support student research
Preference will be given to institutions and/or faculty with limited resources and those supporting underrepresented minority groups in the microbial sciences. The program supports research in all areas of the microbial sciences.


The application for the 2020 program will open in Fall 2019. 

The program requires a joint application from the student and the faculty research mentor, both parts must be completed by the deadline.

The student's portion of the application includes:
  • ASM member number
  • Personal statement
The faculty mentor's portion of the application requires:
  • ASM member number
  • Overview of project
  • Mentoring and professional goals
  • Description of current laboratory

Learn More

What kinds of projects do awardees do? Read about Floricel Gonzalez’s or Sameer Shaikh’s research, and Dr. Regina Lamendella’s lab.

2019 URF Recipient, Hannah Valencia, shares her excitement about participating in the URF program. 

Have any questions?
Contact Shaundra Holmes at 202-942-9282 or email