Committee on Minority Education

The Committee on Minority Education develops educational initiatives that promote recruiting, fostering, and retaining underrepresented and underserved faculty and students in the microbiological sciences. Its activities include sponsoring the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone (UR-Capstone) Program and ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship  and supporting the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Mary Sanchez Lanier, Ph.D., of Washington State University (Pullman, Washington) chairs the committee.


The mission of the Committee on Minority Education is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in all aspects of microbiology by:

  • Promoting access, excellence, professional development and advancement of underrepresented minorities at all levels in the microbiological sciences
  • Enhancing the community of underrepresented microbiology educators and professionals
  • Developing and promoting educational leadership in the profession and at ASM

Strategic Goals (last updated January 2008)

The strategic goals are to:

    1. Enhance the educational preparation and professional development of students from underrepresented groups
    2. Promote faculty professional development in the microbiological sciences
    3. Educate and lead the membership about the importance of a diverse workforce
    4. Assess, enhance and sustain programs

Mary Sanchez Lanier - CHAIR
School of Molecular Biosciences
College of Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-4234
T: 509-335-2320
F: 509-335-3295


Patricia J. Baynham
Biology Department
St. Edward's University
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
T: 512-233-1675

Olivia T. Harriott
Biology Department
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT 06824
T: 203-254-4000 ext. 2740
F: 203-254-4253

Beronda Montgomery
MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory
Michigan State University
322 Plant Biology Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
T: 517-353-7802
F: 517-353-9168

Paul E. Turner
Dept of Ecology and Evolution
PO Box 208106
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
T: 203-432-5918
F: 203-432-5176