Branch Officer Toolkit



The Branch Officers Toolkit provides Branch officers with information and forms relevant to their work with ASM Branches.  



Click Here for a pdf of the information provided below (an overview of the services provided by National ASM for the Branches, the requirements for Branches to maintain good standing with ASM, and program guidelines and forms contained in the Branch Officers Toolkit) 


Branch Deadlines

Click Here for a summary of deadlines for submission of Branch reports and funding requests


Maintaining Good Standing Status with National ASM

Only Branches in “good standing” per the ASM Constitution and By-Laws are eligible to elect Councilors to vote at ASM Council meetings.  In order to be in “good standing,” each ASM Branch is required to confirm the following on an annual basis:

  1. The Branch held at least one meeting - 
    1. Confirmed through submission of Branch Annual Report Form (Deadline Dec 31)
  2. Branch Officers are National ASM members -
    1. Confirmed through the submission of Annual Notification of Branch Officers Form  (Deadline July 1)
  3. 25 ASM National members are members of the Branch - 
    1. Confirmed through process outlined in Reporting of ASM Full Members (Deadline Dec 31)


Programs and Services Provided by National ASM for the Branches

  1. Branch Funding Program - Deadline for Funding Proposals December 11
  2. American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Program– Lecturers are available to speak at Branch meetings; all travel expenses for Lecturers are covered by National ASM.  
  3. Speakers' Bureau for Student Chapters - ASM members are available to speak to ASM Student Chapters about microbiology career opportunities.
  4. Online Branch Dues Collection- New and renewing Branch members can join/renew online through the ASM website
  5. Bulk Emails – Upon request, National will send bulk e-mails on behalf of individual Branches (click for Guidelines)
  6. Publicity and Other Services Provided by National for Branch Meetings
  7. Branch Logos - Logos available for use on Branch materials


Students and Postdocs

National sponsors a Student/Postdoctoral Chapter program.  Branches are encouraged to foster the formation and growth of Chapters within their regions.  Please click here for a list of ASM Chapters and information on how to start new Student/Postdoctoral Chapters


National ASM Membership

All Branch members are encouraged to join National ASM and take advantage of the many services it offers:  Advance with ASM


Please contact Anne Dempsey at ASM Headquarters ( if you need additional information on the Branch program.