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  • Microbrew abstract submission: CLOSED
  • Poster abstract submission closes: April 3, 2017, 12:00 a.m. (PST)
  • Travel award application deadline: April 17, 2017, 12:00 a.m. (PST)
  • Early bird exhibitor booth deadline: May 1, 2017
  • Early bird registration deadline: May 15, 2017
  • Hotel reservation deadline: June 25, 2017 

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Program Committee Chair
Amy Siegesmund, PhD

Program Committee Vice-Chair
Jeffrey Olimpo, PhD

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Submission of Poster Presentations

Completed abstracts should be submitted by midnight PST on April 3, 2017, at the Abstract Submission Site. 


The ASMCUE Program Committee invites 2017 abstract submissions on any aspect of microbiology or biology education research for the poster session. This opportunity provides an excellent venue for faculty to showcase their scholarly work in teaching microbiology or biology. In 2016, 50 abstracts were reviewed for acceptance into the conference and 32 were accepted for poster presentations.

The abstract should describe innovative teaching approaches or the specific activities conducted by the students and must indicate how those changes affected student learning. Work described in the abstract must have been tested on students and assessment of the activity’s outcomes should be described. The ASMCUE Abstract Review Rubric listed below describes exactly how abstracts will be reviewed.

Abstracts must be based on results that have not been published in any journal or presented or at any public, scientific, or educational conference, nationally or internationally, before July 27, 2017. Exception: ASMCUE is an affiliated meeting of the ASM Microbe 2017. As such, abstracts submitted ASM Microbe may also be submitted to ASMCUE. Authors should keep in mind that the submission and review processes for each meeting are executed independently of one another.

Abstracts accepted for ASMCUE poster presentations will be formatted and published in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education’s Spotlight issue, which strives to highlight science education research and ready-to-use education activities and tools to the ASM community. The spotlight issue includes hand-selected articles from the previous year’s JMBE volume and abstracts for the upcoming ASMCUE meeting. Attendees at ASMCUE will receive a hardcopy of JMBE’s Spotlight issue as part of their attendee packet. 

Abstract Format

Abstracts are limited to 1850 characters (excluding spaces). 

The abstract should describe innovative teaching approaches or the specific activities conducted by the students and must indicate how those changes affected student learning. Work described in the abstract must have been tested on students and assessment of the activity’s outcomes should be described.

Examples of previously accepted abstracts may be found in last year's Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

General Guidelines

Authors should take into account the recommended criteria below while also taking time to view the ASMCUE Abstract Review Rubric listed below prior to submitting. Abstract rejection criteria are similar to any scientific meeting (No Hypothesis; Inadequate Experimental Methods; Insufficient Data Presented; No Conclusion).

Description of Activities/Approaches Introduced – Are the goals and particular educational situation presented in sufficient detail to understand the author’s choice of research/investigation?  Is there specific information described for the student projects/activities, or the teaching strategies, such that other conference participants can determine whether these activities might be useful to adopt?

Learning Impact – How does this activity contribute to or enhance student learning? Does the potential of the research study add to and deepen our understanding of issues associated with teaching and learning? Research that leads the field in new directions often is more worthwhile than replications of existing research studies.

Assessment– What was the outcome? How was the effectiveness of this project determined? How was student learning assessed? Did the students learn what they were expected to learn? How did the activity facilitate their learning better than other/previous methods used.

Abstract Selection

Abstract reviewers will use the rubric below to assess abstracts. Abstracts will be accepted, rejected, or accepted with modifications. If an abstract is accepted with modifications, authors will receive specific comments from the reviewers asking the author to make changes to improve the clarity or organization of the abstract.

Two main criteria will be considered by the review committee when reviewing abstracts for acceptance. They are: 

  • Demonstration of a scientific problem (must contain hypothesis and/or statement of problem, methods used, results and conclusion)
  • Quality of written content
ASMCUE® Abstract Review Rubric 
Eligibility Requirement
The research study addresses an appropriate question regarding student learning in the microbiological or biological sciences.
The author provides a context and rationale for introducing this activity or approach.
The author defines how the activity or approach is expected to impact student learning.
Assessment Methods
The author clearly and briefly describes the methodologies employed to gather and analyze data related to student learning.
The author discusses data gathered and interprets results to be presented at the poster.
The author summarizes the outcome of the research study.
The research described has the potential to lead the field in new directions or adds to and deepens understanding of issues associated with teaching and learning.
The abstract is lucid, clear and well-organized.