International Educators, Apply Today for the ASMCUE Leadership Grant!

The Leadership Grant for International Educators enables a select group of microbiology/biology/health science undergraduate educators from resource-limited countries to attend the ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) as well as a pre-conference workshop.  Grantees receive training in the latest developments in microbiology education in order to improve microbiology and STEM education in their home countries. Apply today! Application deadline: November 15, 2016. For more info, please visit:


Grantees have hosted teaching events for peers in the Philippines, Argentina, Indonesia, Pakistan, among others. Apply to become an international leader in science education!

Teaching Math in Lab? Join our Next ASM M(icro)OOCs Webinar Session!

How can teachers get students to master math in the lab without losing the microbiology concepts covered? Let’s explore this question together on October 12 at 3:00 PM ET in this second session of the ASM M(icro)OOCs four-part webinar series, titled “Basic Quantitative Skills: Teaching Math in Lab (#TMIL) – the next #TBT” presented by Dr. Brian M. Forster, from Saint Joseph's University.

By registering for the ASM M(icro)OOCs, participants receive access to the live webinar session, past session recordings in the series, an interactive online community, presentation slides, and all supplemental materials. ASM Members receive discounted pricing. Learn more here:

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Improve your Grant Writing Skills by Attending the 2016 ASM Grant Writing Course

Improve your grant writing skills by attending the ASM Grant Writing Course. Open to graduate students and postdoctoral and early career scientists who are interested in receiving personalized guidance in grant preparation and review, this hands-on workshop will enhance skills and provide valuable information in grant writing. The course will be held from August 12-14 in Washington, DC.

The deadline to apply is June 30. 

Click here to learn more. 


Are you a Graduate Student or Postdoc with teaching responsibilities? ASM can help you with curriculum design and student engagement!

The Science Teaching Fellows Program prepares doctoral-trained individuals for science teaching positions at a variety of non-doctoral institutions. This 5-month, online professional development program delivers the skills and knowledge required to succeed in positions with a significant teaching component.

  • Learn the best practices in curriculum development, student-centered learning and pedagogies of engagement for scientific teaching
  • Be part of an online community of fellows, mentors and facilitators with exclusive access to interactive webinars, readings and skill-building activities presented by experts in the field
  • Enjoy professional development opportunities in course design and assessment, active learning strategies and teaching philosophy development
  • Expand you scientific network by working directly with peers and scientists

Applications are now open, space is limited. Application Deadline: November 2, 2016

Dr. Cornelissen Provides Advice to Those Working on Grant Applications



Receive feedback on your NIH or NSF grant proposal from experienced ASM leaders at the ASM Grant Writing Course. Chair of the Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, Cynthia Cornelissen, explains the importance of grant writing and what participants can expect from attending this course.

Why is grant writing so important?
Grant writing has become a crucial skill that all trainees need to master to be successful scientists. Competition for limited grant funding is fierce, so it is imperative that trainees learn the skill and master the techniques required to develop a successful application. The new course offers training and more importantly one-on-one mentoring and feedback on many parts of both NIH and NSF grants, including a range of funding mechanisms.

Who should apply to the ASM Grant Writing Course?
We have recently opened up the application process to include junior faculty as well as graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Anyone who wants to learn how to formulate an impactful grant application or even to improve their grant-writing skills would benefit from this course.

What should attendees expect from participating in this course?
Attendees should expect to get some didactic training in grantsmanship, but more importantly to participate in peer review of other attendees’ grant applications and to have their grant materials critiqued by experts in the field. Furthermore, this is an outstanding networking opportunity to interact with research leaders, junior faculty and other trainees from around the world. Attendees will enter a community of practice by participation in this or any course offered by ASM.

Open to graduate students and postdoctoral and early career scientists who are interested in receiving personalized guidance in grant preparation and review, this hands-on workshop will enhance skills and provide valuable information in grant writing. The course will be held from August 12-14 in Washington, DC.

The deadline to apply is June 30. 

Click here to learn more. 


Need help setting up a research program or improving students’ quantitative skills?

This fall, ASM offers two online professional development opportunities for educators:

1) The ASM M(icro)OOCs is a four-part webinar series focused on increasing quantitative biology in undergraduate education. This course is offered in partnership with the QUBES project, and is coupled with a virtual learning community. Learn more and register:

2) The Building Research Programs series is a three-part webinar series where participants will learn how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. Register today:


Join a new Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) and help your students improve their quantitative skills!


ASM's Biology Scholars Program and Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) have partnered to improve student understanding of quantitative skills in the microbiological sciences. Future and early-career faculty members are encouraged to apply for one of two intensive in-person and online training opportunities specifically developed to enhance teaching methods.

Join a robust learning and mentoring community! Learn more here:


Educators, Improve your Microbiology Students’ Quantitative Skills!

ASM, in partnership with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project, has organized a new four-part webinar series focused on increasing quantitative biology in undergraduate education. The course will address common issues around teaching quantitative skills and reasoning, ranging from dilutions to graphing to data analysis, and it will be coupled with a virtual learning community.

The course will run from September 28 until December 14, 2016. Registration deadline is September 21. ASM Members receive discounted pricing. Learn more and register!



New Themed Issue on Scientific Citizenship Now Available!

JMBE, ASM’s premier, open-access science education publication has a new themed issue on Scientific Citizenship! Readers can expect essays on the current state of citizen science, lessons on how to engage and train citizen scientists, how-to articles on authentic research experiences and public outreach activities, curricular and nontraditional approaches to engaging citizens in science, detailed outcomes of popular citizen science activities, and reviews of citizen science resources.
For the complete Table of Contents, visit: 

Let JMBE help you with your back-to-school planning!

Utilize our free, open-access content for peer-reviewed, assessed activities and tools that can increase student engagement, improve retention, and convey difficult science concepts.

The latest themed JMBE issue focuses on the interdisciplinary topic of scientific citizenship and contains fun activities and information on turning microbial data in to music, tracking Lyme disease, smelling armpit microbiota, using community labs for “DIY Biology” and much more!

Visit to read more.

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Only One Week Remains to Apply for the ASM Grant Writing Institute Online. Deadline: 2/10.

ASM Grant Writing Institute Online

The program goal is to familiarize participants with the process of applying for NIH and NSF grants and provide the skills set needed to successfully obtain grants.

Topics include broad discussions of:

  • Writing NIH/NSF grants
  • Viewing grants from the reviewer's perspective

Participants will leave the program with:

  • An overview of the grant making enterprise and over funding landscape
  • Tips for successfully writing an NIH and NSF grant
  • Strategies on how to engage effectively with your audience


The cost for the Grant Writing Online webinar series is $150 for ASM members and $200 for non-members. Please note, no refunds will be given. Instead, all selected applicants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings.

Deadline: February 10

Learn more here:

Last Chance to Register for ASMCUE- Deadline June 13

June 13 is the final registration day for ASM’s Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). Join over 350 Biology Educators at the Conference where science and education intersect! Attendees come from a diverse array of institutions and career levels. You are sure to find people like you and others that complement your teaching philosophy! ASM graduate students and postdocs receive special registration rate.

Please visit our website to register:

In Case You Missed It! JMBE December Issue Now Available

The December issue (Volume 16, Issue 2) has been published. The 40-article issue includes research on how course climate may affect student persistence, instructions for an inquiry-based laboratory activity for brewing beer, tips for modeling the microbiome, and much more!

There’s still time to present a poster at ASMCUE! Late-breaking deadline - June 1

Due to the great response for abstract submissions for the 2016 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), the Abstract Review Committee decided to include a late-breaking session! Please consider submitting an abstract for the conference poster session.  The requisites and rubrics remain the same. Work described in the abstract must have been tested on students and assessment of the activity’s outcomes should be described.  All late-breaking authors will be notified of their dispositions prior to the Conference’s final registration deadline on June 13.
To learn more about this opportunity, including the ASMCUE Abstract Review Rubric, please visit:

Undergrads Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Receive Summer Research Funding.


A recent survey showed that 99% of past ASM Undergraduate Research Fellows (URF) rated their experience as good or excellent. Since the completion of their fellowship, the survey respondents have given over 1,900 poster/oral presentations and published over 1,200 scientific publications. URF participants evaulated the program so highly because of the large gains made in the following areas:

  • understanding the research process,
  • expanding academic or professional contacts,
  • interacting with others with similar research interests, and 
  • learning to act professionally in a research setting

Apply for the 2016 URF Program

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at ASM Microbe the following year.

Students will:

  • Conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2016
  • Work with faculty mentors who are ASM members and who are employed at the students home institutions, and
  • Submit a research abstract for presentation at the 2017 Microbe Meeting.
The Fellowship provides:
  • Up to $4000 for student stipend, and
  • Up to $1000 in travel support for students to present the results of the research project at the 2017 Microbe Meeting. Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for ASM Microbe. 

Deadline: February 1

Additional detaials can be found here.

JMBE’s May Issue Now Available!

The annual May issue (Volume 17, Issue 2) of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education has published. The 29-article issue includes a novel program to engage elementary students, an investigation of the barriers teaching assistants face in inquiry-based teaching, an essay on the undergraduate research experience, assessments of ASM Education’s fellowship and professional development programs, and much more. The issue also includes the accepted poster abstracts for the upcoming ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), held July 21-24, 2016.
For the complete Table of Contents, visit: 

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Apply by 1/20 to Participate in the Undergraduate Research Capstone Program.

Receive money to present your research at ASM Microbe 2016, the largest meeting of microbiologists in the world.

The ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program (UR-Capstone) provides students with funds to attend the ASM Research Capstone Institute and present their research at ASM Microbe. 


  • Be an ASM member,
  • Be U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. resident, 
  • Be enrolled as full-time matriculating undergraduate student during the 2015-2016 academic years. (Freshmen with college level research experience, sophomores, juniors, or seniors who will not graduate before December 2015), 
  • Be from an underrepresented minority group (groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders), a community college, a minority serving institution, a first generation college student or non-traditional student, 
  • Have conducted research in the microbiological sciences at a U.S institution (host mentor is not required to be an ASM member, but recommended),
  • Have a strong interest in obtaining a research career and post-graduate training in research within the microbiological sciences, and
  • Be accepted to present a poster or oral presentation at ASM Microbe

Learn more about the UR-Capstone Program here:

To apply, visit: 

Only 4 days left to save! Register for ASMCUE before May 16

Don’t miss your last chance to save on your 2016 ASMCUE registration! Take advantage of the early registration prices before May 16 and receive discounted rates to attend the Conference, including special registration rate for graduate students and postdocs.

Register here:


DEADLINE APPROACHING: Apply for the ASM/CDC Postdoc Fellowship Program by January 15.

For over 20 years ASM and the CDC have partnered together to provide resources for up to ten fellows to participate in the ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. All fellows receive an annual stipend, health benefits, and professional development opportunities as they perform research at a CDC location and study infectious diseases that cause significant public health problems.

For more details, visit:

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Receive one-on-one coaching during ASM’s Scientific Writing and Publishing Course.

Receive personalized feedback on your manuscript at the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course in Washington, DC on August 12-14. 

After completing the course, you will have:

  • a detailed plan for improving their draft manuscript, 
  • hands-on experience in critiquing abstracts and manuscripts, 
  • a network of peers and mentors to share critiques and advice, and 
  • tools and resources for developing future manuscripts and abstracts.

Additional details can be found here: The deadline to apply is June 30.

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educations 2016 Preliminary Program Announced

Information on plenary speakers and sessions at ASMCUE 2016 are now available on the Preliminary Program page. Be sure to check back frequently for conference updates. We do hope you will join us at the Bethesda North Marriott in North Bethesda, Maryland for the 23rd anniversary of this exciting scientific and pedagogically significant event!

Apply by May 1st for the ASM Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship

"Receiving the ASM Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship has had a tremendous impact on my graduate career. I've had the opportunity to meet amazing scientists at all career levels. I've made lasting connections with both my peers and prospective employers alike. I've learned about scientific career opportunities I would have never known about otherwise. Having the Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship on my CV helps designate me from my peers when applying for competitive awards and has helped me obtain several other prestigious research and career development opportunities. This award is about so much more than the financial support, its about reaching your true potential as a research scientist by connecting with and learning from the brightest minds in Microbiology." -J. Alan Goggins '14-'17

The ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship is aimed at highly competitive graduate students who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program and who have completed their graduate course work in the microbiological sciences. Eligible candidates must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. For more information, please visit:

JMBE December Issue Now Available

The December issue (Volume 16, Issue 2) has been published. The 40-article issue includes research on how course climate may affect student persistence, instructions for an inquiry-based laboratory activity for brewing beer, tips for modeling the microbiome, and much more!

For the complete Table of Contents, visit:

Register for ASMCUE by May 16 and Save $100!

Stop what you're doing right now and take advantage of our Early Registration prices!  Receive discounted rates to attend ASMCUE, including special registration rate for Grad Students and Postdocs. While registering, attendees have the option to support a colleague’s attendance to the conference by making a donation to the ASMCUE travel grant fund. Fees will increase after May 16.

Register here: