ASM Distinguished Public Leadership Award

The Distinguished Public Leadership Award, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology through the Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB), is given to recognize an individual whose distinguished career has been marked with outstanding contributions to the life sciences, particularly someone who has demonstrated contributions to public policy issues related to infectious diseases, public health, biotechnology or other areas of the microbiological sciences.

The PSAB board chair will Chair the selection committee. The Chair of the selection committee will choose 4 additional members to serve on the committee for one year.The award may be given annually or at other time intervals at the discretion of the PSAB.

Individuals (for example: Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, directors of federal agencies/programs, other federal/state officials or a private citizen) engaged in public policy activities which highlight the role and significance of the life sciences are eligible for this award.

The award consists of an engraved plaque to be presented at a special ceremony, briefing and/or reception held in Washington, D.C.

May 14th

A nomination must consist of:

  • Nominating letter
  • Two additional letters of support from ASM members, which will include a description of the nominee’s achievements and contributions to the life sciences, including microbiology, during the discourse of public policy.

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View: ASM Distinguished Public Leadership Award Past Laureates