ASM Minority Committees

Committee on Minority Education
The Committee promotes recruitment, education, mentoring and retention of underrepresented and underserved faculty and students in the microbiological science (Board of Education and Training).

Committee on Underrepresented Members
The Committee serves to ensure that the underrepresented groups are recognized as valuable members and are included in all aspects of the ASM (Membership Board).

Committee on Diversity
The Committee works to increase the visibility and participation of underrepresented minority scientists in the Academy and its programs (American Academy of Microbiology).

Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities
This committee ensures that relevant microbiology issues that may impact minority populations or minority microbiologists are addressed in ASM public policy positions and statements; monitors and enhances the status of minority microbiologists in the profession and in ASM, in accordance with the ASM Strategic Plan; collaborates with personnel planning priorities regarding manpower issues as they may affect minority microbiologists and; interacts and collaborates with similar committees or groups in other scientific organizations.

Student Fellowships

Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
The Fellowship offers a two-year tenure for senior-level graduate students from an underrepresented minority group to conduct research in microbiology.

ASM's Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowships
The Fellowship offers an 10-week summer program for students from underrepresented minority groups to conduct microbiology-related research with an ASM member at a sponsoring institution. Community-based programs at Tufts University School of Medicine in MA or Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY. Traditional program also available.


William A. Hinton Research Training Award
The training award honors outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology.


Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
The Conference is an annual forum for invited speakers, professional development workshops, poster sessions and exhibits for undergraduate students interested in advanced training in the biomedical sciences.