Membership Board

Contact Information for the Membership Board and its Committees.

  • Membership Board Contacts
    The Membership Board oversees the recruitment and retention of members on the national level, and provides resources and management support for a robust national network of regional and local professional activities through ASM Branches and Student Chapters.  The Board supports the professional development of its members, including those who are underrepresented in the sciences, by providing services such as career placement, mentoring, networking opportunities, and professional training.  In addition, the Board maintains the Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives, thereby preserving the historic contributions of microbiologists and the Society for future generations.
  • American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer Committee
    The Mission of the ASM Distinguished Lecturer Committee is to identify prominent microbiologists who will deliver high quality lectures at Branch meetings in order to attract local microbiologists to Branch meetings, enhance the professional expertise of Branch meeting attendees, and facilitate interactions between lecturers and students to provide a unique experience for young professionals and early career microbiologists. 
    For more information about the Committee, please contact the staff liasion,  Anne Dempsey, at
  • Branch Organization Committee
    The Branch Organization Committee serves as a formal liaison between the national ASM and the 35 Branches and 107 Student Chapters of the Society.  This Committee provides support highlighting programming and services available to the membership of ASM.  The Branches and Student Chapters are subdivided into several regions by geography where they are served by Regional Planning Coordinators and have the opportunity to apply for funds specifically intended to support the core missions of the Branches, Student Chapters and ASM.
  • Career Development Committee
    The Career Development Committee focuses on career programming at the General Meeting, coordinating Career Connections, ASM’s online job board, and developing resources for the Career Portal. 
  • Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives Committee
    The Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA) Committee is dedicated to collecting, preserving, processing and presenting historical materials pertaining to ASM and the microbiological sciences.  It serves the Society’s membership, historians, educators, policy makers, the media and the general public by increasing awareness of microbiological history and its impact on society, and by preserving information for future generations.
  • Student Membership Committee
    The Student Membership Committee (SMC) works to increase both domestic and international student membership and to foster a lifetime affiliation with the American Society for Microbiology. The mission of the SMC is to attract and retain student members and to serve as a major resource promoting access to the benefits of student membership in ASM. Finally, the SMC is an advocate for the issues and concerns of student members of ASM. 
  • Underrepresented Members Committee
    The mission of the Underrepresented Members Committee is to promote full and complete participation of all of ASM's diverse membership at all participation levels of the Society with a special focus on racial and ethnic minority members. Please contact Jennifer Mercurio at  for a brochure regarding the UMC or more information.