Become a Young Ambassador

ASM Young Ambassadors are dynamic early-career leaders, who represent ASM in their local scientific communities, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. ASM Young Ambassadors mobilize the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet grand challenges in science. This prestigious volunteer position is open to students and early career scientists who are interested in working with ASM.


  • Work with the other ASM Young Ambassadors of Science across the United States and around the globe to promote and advance the microbial sciences (and gain great friends too)!
  • Promote networking and collaboration within your local science community.
  • Advance collaboration between ASM and local universities.
  • Utilize ASM resources to meet the needs of young scientists.
  • Develop novel approaches to advancing the careers and science of your peers.


  • Prestige of being an official ASM representative
  • Opportunity to network with scientific leaders worldwide
  • Contribution to advancing microbiology to meet grand challenges

To apply, you must:

  • Have current ASM membership. Click here to become an ASM member.
  • Be in the process of obtaining or have obtained an advanced academic degree, within the past five years and are working in any of the microbiology disciplines
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have experience using social media
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their scientific or academic community

Application Process
Applications are submitted to ASM via the Online Application. ASM is currently accepting U.S. Young Ambassador applications from the following states and International Young Ambassador applications from the following countries. Due December 31, 2018. 

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • ASM Member Number
  • ASM and non-ASM meetings regularly attended
  • Area of scientific interest
  • Membership in national, regional, and international scientific societies
  • Cover letter explaining the member's interest in becoming a Young Ambassador and highlighting relevant skills, education, or experience
  • Action plan with their proposed activities in the Young Ambassador role


Einstein and YAs
Young Ambassadors pose with Albert Einstein in Washington, DC.

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Young Ambassador to Pakistan, Samreen Sarwar (standing), discusses the work she’s doing on behalf of ASM with fellow YAs from (L-R) Brazil, Cameroon, DRC, and Portugal.