Important Dates

Session Proposal Submissions Close:
January 10, 2019

Poster Abstracts Open:
January 3, 2019

Microbrew Submissions Open: 
January 3, 2019 

Travel Award Applications Open: 
February 1, 2019

Registration Open: 
March 15, 2019

Program Committee Chair
Jaclyn Madden, MS

Program Committee Vice-Chair
Nancy Boury, Ph.D.

Program Committee

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"I first attended ASMCUE as a postdoc, and it was the first conference where I felt I had found 'my people.' The creative ideas, best practices, and networking that I gain from attending ASMCUE have been instrumental in my career success."
Samantha Elliott, St. Mary's College of Maryland

General Information

More than 350 microbiology and biology educators will gather at the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) August 1–4, 2019 in Tysons, VA, for an engaging four-day conference. Educators come from a wide range of institutions – from community colleges to international universities – to fully immerse themselves in biological sciences.

The conference program includes plenary, concurrent, poster, and exhibit sessions. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions between colleagues all focused on the same goal: to improve teaching and learning in the biological sciences.

Who Attends 

ASMCUE attracts new and experienced undergraduate faculty from diverse institutions. Although sponsored by ASM, the conference reflects the make-up of most departments in the biological sciences with faculty teaching not only microbiology but also being responsible for introductory biology, biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, ecology and many other specialty courses.


In 2018, there were 356 attendees compared to 347 in 2017. Of those registered, there were:

  • Over 300 conference attendees and 50 exhibitors

  • Over 60 attendees teach at community colleges

  • 43% were first-timers at ASMCUE

  • 13 international attendees from 7 countries

The Commission on the Future of Higher Education was established in 2005 to reform education in college and universities and focused on four areas: access, affordability, accountability, and quality instruction. ASM members called for more professional development and resources to advance quality instruction, accountability, and access. ASM created a program in 2000 for faculty to develop methods to demonstrate understanding around core microbial concepts and competencies for microbiological skills. ASMCUE is dedicated to the undergraduate microbial science education for tomorrow.

 ASMCUE and the Next 25 Years of Microbiology Education by Amy L. Chang.

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