Research Mentoring

Research Mentoring

Create Successful Mentoring Relationships
Dr. Christine Pfund shows why mentoring is important and the consequences of poor mentoring. Learn about identifying core elements and approaches for effective research mentoring relationships.
Integrate Mentoring into Your Research Program
Dr. Michael Summers explores the role of mentoring in generating interest and retention of underrepresented students in STEM fields. Learn the inverted pyramid approach to promoting mentoring in research labs and how to get successful outcomes of an undergraduate mentoring program.
Expand Your Mentoring Strategies
Dr. Keivan Stassun defines mentoring principles and the role of mentor networks.
Learn What Mentees Value
Trainees explain what they value in mentoring and current opportunities and obstacles in mentoring.
Mentoring Case Studies
A group of mentors examines case studies of common mentoring challenges.
Mentoring: Doing More of What Works Well
Drs. John Cabra and Andy Burnett explain the 5D learning cycle and the benefits of appreciative inquiry to traditional mentoring.
Creative Problem Solving in Mentoring
Dr. Andy Burnet explores ways to leverage creative techniques to address mentoring challenges.

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!

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:

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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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:

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

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: 

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:


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:


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!



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.

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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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: