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Program Committee Chair
Jeffrey Olimpo, PhD

Program Committee Vice-Chair
Jaclyn Madden, MS

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Agar Art by: Kimberly Payne, 
University of Pittsburgh 

"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


August 1-4, 2019
Sheraton Tyson's Hotel
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

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 – in order 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.

Formerly known as the Undergraduate Microbiology Education Conference, this conference is sponsored by the Committee on Undergraduate Education, a committee of the ASM's Education Board and managed in conjunction with the ASMCUE Steering Committee.

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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. At the time, ASM offered and continues to sponsor the ASM Recommended Core Curriculum and Laboratory Skills, of Microbiology & Biology Education to promote quality instruction in the microbial sciences. ASM also offers two programs, the ASM fellowships, and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference, for Minority Students (ABRCMS) to increase access to science.

ASM created a program in 2000 for faculty to develop methods to demonstrate understanding around core microbial concepts and competencies for microbiological skills. Assessments to measure cognitive understanding, microbiological skills, scientific thinking, interest and motivation, and retention in science continue to serve the community. Faculty at all colleges and universities are held accountable for their effectiveness as instructors, mentors, researchers, and scientists. Benson closed with a quote from the notable scholar and educator John Dewey, who stated in 1919, “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow.” ASMCUE is dedicated to the undergraduate microbial science education for tomorrow.

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


 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



Planning Committee Chair

Jaclyn Madden, M.S.

Harford Community College, Bel Air, Maryland


Planning Committee Vice-Chair

Nancy Boury, Ph.D.

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa


Abstract Review Chair

Brian Gentry, Ph.D.

Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Microbrew Review Chair

Jordan Moberg-Parker, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, California

Committee Member Local Liaison

John Buchner, Ph.D.

The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Chair, ASM Education Committee

Mary Sánchez Lanier, Ph.D.

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

Chair, ASM Sub-Committee on Undergraduate Education

Amy Siegesmund, Ph.D.

Pacific Lutheran College, Tacoma, Washington




Amy Chang

Education Director

ASM Education Department

Irene Hulede

Senior Manager, Education

Project Lead, Conference Program: Plenary Sessions, Scientific Updates, and Affiliated Events & Partnerships

ASM Education Department

Claire Wilson

Conference Program, Travel Awards, and Engagement Activities

Education Specialist

ASM Education Department

Ronica Rodela

Exhibits and Sponsorship

Exhibits and Sponsorship Specialist

ASM Strategic Alliances Department

Shingai Marandure

Conference Marketing and Social Media

Marketing Coordinator

ASM Marketing & Communication Department