Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:40

Minority Microbiology Mentor Newsletter - December


  • Apply for the ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award
  • Learn the Basics of Scientific Writing and Publishing with Our Online Course
  • Prepare for a Science Teaching Position with Our Online Course
  • 2018 ASM Biothreats
  • ASM Microbe 2018
  • Upcoming ASM Conferences


  • NIAID Transition Program in Clinical Research
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
  • ASM Career Connections


Apply for the ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award
The ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award was developed by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) to increase the participation of URM microbiologists in the ASM Microbe 2018 meeting in Atlanta, GA June 7 – 11, 2018. Each awardee will be offered up to $1000 to defray expenses associated with travel to the ASM Microbe 2018. Allowable expenses are meeting registration, roundtrip economy airfare and lodging. Participation in the ASM Microbe meeting helps awardees become more involved in ASM activities and can lead to further career success. Go to the ASM Microbe 2018 Travel Award page, submit an abstract and apply.

Learn the Basics of Scientific Writing and Publishing with Our Online Course
Built upon decades of knowledge and experience and now fully online, ASM’s Scientific Writing and Publishing Course is interactive, evidence-based, and accessible. Participants will learn how to make each section of their paper meaningful and informative, avoid common mistakes in publishing, select a journal to publish in, and more. The registration deadline is December 15th.

Prepare for a Science Teaching Position with Our Online Course
Are you new to teaching? Have a grad student who wants to pursue a career in undergrad education? Learn more about our Curriculum Design, Teaching, and Assessment Online Course. Based on the Science Teaching Fellows Program, which has trained over 300 educators, this course allows you to join the community without leaving your office. Under the guidance of expert ASM leaders in education, participants will learn how to become a better job applicant for academic positions. Registration deadline: December 1.

2018 ASM Biothreats
February 12–14, 2018 | Baltimore, MD
With five tracks, the 2018 ASM Biothreats meeting is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas that will shape the future of the important work you do every day. Act fast–abstract submission closes on November 6, 5:00 p.m. (ET). Don’t miss the opportunity to share your research with experts in the biological threats community. Submit today.

ASM Microbe 2018
This unmatched event allows you to explore the full breadth of the microbial sciences, from basic science to translation and application. Featuring eight scientific tracks, ASM Microbe 2018 has something for every microbiologist. Abstract submission is now open. Share your cutting-edge research and submit today.


NIAID Transition Program in Clinical Research
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Transition Program in Clinical Research provides an exceptional opportunity for physicians to gain clinical and translational research experience in the NIAID Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The program aims to increase the pool of well-trained clinical investigators who are competitive for clinical tenure-track positions.

Up to three candidates per year are selected for three- to five-year appointments as assistant clinical investigators. Applicants must have an M.D. or Ph.D., be board-eligible or board certified in a subspecialty (or equivalent), and qualify for credentialing by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. Applicants should identify a DIR lab chief who will agree to host their research. Information about DIR labs and contact information for lab chiefs is available on the DIR website.

Applications are evaluated by a search committee composed of DIR principal investigators with clinical and basic research interests. Competitive candidates will be invited to present their research accomplishments and plans to the search committee.

Participants will receive independent resources and staff and are mentored by an NIAID senior investigator. 

Interested candidates may contact DIR deputy director Dr. Karyl Barron for additional information or assistance in identifying an appropriate host lab. 

To apply for the program, email a curriculum vitae/bibliography, a research program proposal (no more than two pages), and a letter of support from the accepting NIAID lab chief by November 30, 2017 to Ms. Amy Fuse at Amy.fuse@nih.gov. In addition, send three letters of recommendation to the chair, Transition Program in Clinical Research Search Committee, c/o Ms. Amy Fuse by e-mail at Amy.fuse@nih.gov, or by post at 33 North Drive, MSC 3204, Building 33, Room 1N19, Bethesda, MD 20892-1356. Email is preferred. Please note “TPCR Search” when sending materials.

Visit Careers at NIAID for more information about NIAID and additional opportunities.

HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity employers.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program
Deadline: January 10, 2018
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. Through the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program, HHMI will recruit and retain individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. The program will support early career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.

Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early years as independent faculty. The program includes opportunities for career development, including mentoring and active involvement in the HHMI scientific community. The Institute will select and support up to 15 fellows in this competition. This grant competition is open to all eligible applicants and no nomination is required. The competition opens September 19, 2017. 

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows will have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity during the duration of the award.


  • The program is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences at the career stages targeted by this program, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • The program is open to basic science researchers and physician-scientists in the biomedical and life science disciplines.
  • The program is open to applicants of any citizenship or nationality who:
    • have a PhD and/or MD or equivalent from an academic research institution in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) by the start of the grant term.
    • have been accepted to join a laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher at an academic research institution located in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) at the time of the application due date. The training mentor must hold a tenured or tenure-track position (or equivalent).
    • Applicants can have no more than 12 months of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application due date.

Postdoctoral Training Phase:

Fellows will receive annual support for salary ($60,000, initial year) and a $20,000 expense allowance, paid through a non-renewable grant to the training institution. This phase of the award has a maximum length of four years and a minimum of two years.

Faculty Phase:

Fellows will receive $250,000 per year in research funding and a $20,000 expense allowance, paid through a non-renewable grant to the institution where they have attained a faculty position. This phase of the award has a maximum length of four years.

Conditions of the Award:

  • Fellows in both postdoctoral training and faculty phases are required to devote at least 75% of their total effort to research.
  • To transition to the faculty phase of the program, fellows must obtain a faculty position in the tenure-track (or equivalent) at a U.S. (including Puerto Rico) research institution with a doctoral-level graduate program in their area of interest.
  • Fellows will be expected to attend an HHMI science meeting each year and provide an annual progress report.

Application Process:

Applicants can establish eligibility and submit an application via the HHMI online competition site http://www.hhmi.org/research/application/fellow2018 starting September 19, 2017. The deadline for applications is January 10, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Mentor and reference letters must be received by January 18, 2018.

The application includes the following components:

  • Summary of applicant’s educational and training record
  • Personal statement relating past experiences and career goals
  • Overview of the applicant’s prior research experience
  • A publication list with statements of significance
  • Summary of the applicant’s planned research for postdoctoral phase
  • An evaluative statement provided by the applicant’s research training mentor
  • A statement of support with a training plan provided
  • A curriculum vitae and list of prior trainees provided by the postdoctoral training mentor
  • One additional letter of reference

Selection of Fellows:

HHMI will assess the applicant’s potential for a career as an independent academic researcher and quality of training environment with the selected mentor. Finalists will be selected by late April 2018 and will be invited to make a scientific presentation to a panel of reviewers June 18–20, 2018. The selection of awardees will be made by the end of June 2018. Awards may begin as early as September 18, 2018, but no later than January 15, 2019.

Additional Information

Additional information including a full Program Announcement is available at www.hhmi.org/hanna-h-gray-fellows.  For questions, contact program staff at fellows@hhmi.org.

ASM Career Connections
Find Your Future at ASM Career Connections. Job highlights this week include faculty positions in pathogenesis and immunology, microbiology lecturer and clinical microbiology director.

In July 2006, the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) of the American Society for Microbiology Public and Scientific Affairs Board developed a monthly e-newsletter which contains information pertinent to minority microbiologists. Currently, there are very few minority-based newsletters for scientists, and there are none for microbiologists.

This e-newsletter provides a central means of distributing pertinent information to underrepresented minorities in the field of microbiology. Some examples include career advice, networking tips, relevant news articles, unique funding and career opportunities, microbiological issues affecting minorities (e.g., HIV), minority issues affecting microbiologists (e.g., minority retention), and scientific articles published by minorities or by minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

The target populations are African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders; however, all ASM members are invited to sign up and to share this information with others who may find this e-newsletter beneficial. 

Signing up to receive The Minority Microbiology Mentor is very easy and is open to ASM members and non-members: simply go to http://www.asm.org/index.php/subscriptions2, enter your email address, and select "MinorityMicroMentor" then submit, and you will receive confirmation of your subscription by email. If you are an ASM member, you will be prompted to Log In before signing up.

The Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities is chaired by Dwayne W. Boucaud, Ph.D., Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Biomedical Sciences in Hamden, CT.  The Minority Microbiology Mentor Editor-in-Chief is Andrea M. Rocha, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist with Geosyntec Consultants in Knoxville, TN the Associate Editor is Thessicar Antoine, Ph.D.

The MMM can post employment ads only if they are first featured on the ASM’s Career Connections site: http://www.asmcareerconnections.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=756. Career Connections is offering a discount for job postings that are featured in the MMM. Please contact CMIIM@asmusa.org with your ad needs.

For more information about the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM) go to the committee’s web page: http://www.asm.org/cmiim

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