Conferences, Residencies and Institutes


ASM provides professional opportunities for undergraduate faculty teaching microbiology.

The 2016 Education Planning Calendar is now available. The calendar features deadlines, descriptions, and other information about ASM faculty and student programs, all designed to help members enhance the knowledge and skills that lead to successful careers in the microbiological sciences. Take a look and mark pertinent deadlines on your calendar so that you or your students can take advantage of ASM many skills-sharpening opportunities.

ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators
Annual four-day conference for 300+ biologists includes scientific and pedagogical sessions, posters, exhibits, and discussions of best practices and largest challenges exchange.   Travel Awards are available for graduate students, postdoctoral scientist and early career faculty who teach microbiology and biology and are presenting a poster (early career travel awards).  Travel Awards are also available for faculty who are not members of ASM and who teach microbiology and biology at two- or four-year institutions with a large percentage of historically excluded and underrepresented students (faculty enhancement program travel award)

Biology Scholars Program
Opportunities for biologists to employ rigorous evaluations of their own teaching with the goal of publishing results demonstrating improved student learning in the laboratory or classroom and leading colleagues in national efforts to sustain undergraduate biology education reform. The two intertwined by independent programs.  

Assessment Residency
Seeks biologist who are assessing student learning.

Research Residency
Seeks biologists who are asking questions about the effectiveness of their teaching approaches and are starting to conduct research in science education.  Emphasis is placed on the scholarship of teaching and learning.       
Transitions Residency
Seeks biologists who are transitioning from science education research to science education publishing. Emphasis is placed on organizing and presenting findings for publication.

Biology Scholars Travel Grants
Up to $1500 for full-time biologists from community colleges, and minority serving institutions to participate in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Institute or Transitions: From Science Education Research to Publishing Institute. 

Biology Scholars Program Alumni Sponsorships
Two support mechanisms are now available for Scholar Alumni who participated in the 2005-2014 Research Residency or the 2008-2014 Transition Residency.

Sharpen your professional development skills by attending one of the following workshops:

ASM Grant Writing Course 
Intensive face-to-face workshop led by grant enterprise experts and reviewers offering personalized and small group coaching, mentoring, real-time constructive feedback, and best practices necessary to compose a persuasive grant application. The workshop complements the online series.

ASM Grant Writing Online Course
Online series offering didactic training in grant writing and scientific communication.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Course
Intensive face-to-face skills training workshop led by ASM journal editors offering personalized and small group coaching, mentoring, and real-time constructive feedback in manuscript writing and publishing. The workshop complements the online series.

ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Online Course

Online training to help researchers develop scientific writing skills needed to prepare a manuscript for publication.

ASM Turning Your Science into a Company
Two-day entrepreneurship workshop providing basic information on establishing start-up businesses and utilizing examples from companies involved in biotechnology industries.

Additional resources:

ASM Professional Skills Building Webinars
The ASM hosts live sessions focusing on different skills necessary for succeeding in science and captured for broadcasting.