There are many opportunities to communicate science to both fellow microbiologists and wider audiences as an ASM volunteer.

  • Interested in science writing? Want to get your voice out there? Write for asm.org! 
  • Hone your presentation skills by contributing to clinical microbiology case studies or acting as a presenter or panelist for the Clinical Microbiology Virtual Journal Club.
  • Engage with public audiences by editing Wikipedia articles, participating in Reddit AMAs, judging the ASM Agar Art contest or incorporating dance into science communication.

Accepting Applications

Careers Web Writer
The Careers writer team is a collaborative group of 5 ASM members who write articles on teaching, career development, professional development and career exploration with a focus on the microbial sciences. While articles that have to do with getting into graduate school, putting together resumes, etc. are welcome, they need to contain advice or evidence specific to the microbial sciences. The articles are published on asm.org for the core audience of trainees (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs) or undergraduate and graduate educators.

Commitment

  • Minimum commitment of 1 year, Jan.-Dec. 2022.
  • Approximately 5 hours per written article and 1 hour per month for reviewing articles.  

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Must contribute 2 articles (750-1500 words) to asm.org per year.
  • Collaboratively edit the work of other team members (approximately one article to edit every month).
  • Attend quarterly calls with ASM staff.

Eligibility

  • Must be an ASM member and maintain membership throughout the duration of the commitment.
  • Must have, or be working toward, an advanced degree (master's degree and above) in microbiology or a related science.

Application and Selection Process

  • Prospective team members are invited to contribute to asm.org on a guest basis for their first article, based on the strength of an initial article pitch.
  • Pitches should include the overall story idea and the ‘take-home’ message for readers, and should be appealing to microbiology professionals and trainees.
  • Guest contributors are assessed for writing skill and the ability to incorporate edits before being invited to join the team.

Clinical Microbiology Case Study Author
Uncovering an interesting and unusual finding is one of the most exciting experiences in the microbiology laboratory and the clinical case associated with this finding. Share/publish this information with microbiologists worldwide and those interested in the profession.

Commitment

  • Three to 7 hours per case study.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Create 2 short case study videos: the first explaining the case, symptoms, plates, etc. The second video should explain the diagnosis and treatment.
  • Write a short summary of the case for the ASM website.

Eligibility

  • ASM membership is not required.
  • Must be working in a clinical or public health microbiology laboratory.

Selection Process

  • Email a few sentences about the case study you would like to present.
  • The proposal will be reviewed and approved by ASM’s Professional Development Subcommittee.

Clinical Microbiology Virtual Journal Club Presenter or Discussion Panelist
Each month, experts in clinical microbiology discuss 1- 2 recent journal articles related to the field.

Commitment

  • One session commitment (1 hour).
  • Two to 5 hours per session.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Presenter:
    • Coordinate with the session coordinator to find a recent journal article on clinical microbiology (preferably open access or ASM).
    • Create a 15-minute (max) presentation on confirmed article.
    • Present during the live session held the second Tuesday of the month.
  • Discussion Panelist:
    • Read the 2 articles confirmed for the session you are assigned.
    • Participate in the live discussion during the second Tuesday of the month.

Eligibility

  • ASM membership required.
  • Preferred: a subject-matter expert in a clinical or public health lab, a laboratory director or a laboratory fellow.

Application Process


Inclusive Diversity With Equity, Access and Accountability (IDEAA) Web Writer
The IDEAA writer team is a collaborative group of 5 ASM members who write articles on inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA). The goals of these articles include the following:
  • Develop and provide IDEAA content and resources that educate, train and inform readers on IDEAA.
  • Develop and provide IDEAA content to inspire and empower readers to elevate and embody IDEAA in their work.
  • Amplify and magnify the voice of underrepresented communities within the microbial sciences through IDEAA articles and stories
The articles are published on asm.org for the core audience of institutional leaders (e.g., deans, faculty, department chairs) or aspiring leaders (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs).

Commitment

  • Minimum commitment of 1 year, Jan.-Dec. 2022.
  • Approximately 5 hours per written article and 1 hour per month for reviewing articles.  

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Must contribute 2 articles (750-1500 words) to asm.org per year.
  • Collaboratively edit the work of other team members (approximately 1 article to edit every month).
  • Attend quarterly calls with ASM staff.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an ASM member and maintain membership throughout the duration of the commitment.
  • Must have training and expertise in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and prior experience leading DEI initiatives, programs and/or activities. Acceptable experience includes DEI-related certifications, 5 or more years of experience working with and/or serving underrepresented groups or experience working in a DEI-focused role (ex., Chief Diversity Officer, President of Diversity and Inclusion).

Application and Selection Process

  • Prospective team members are invited to contribute to asm.org on a guest basis for their first article, based on the strength of an initial article pitch.
  • Pitches should include the overall story idea, the ‘take-home’ message for readers and should be appealing to the core audiences listed above.
  • Before being invited to join the team, guest contributors are assessed by ASM staff for knowledge and understanding of DEI principles and philosophy, overall web writing skill and the ability to incorporate edits from reviewers.

Microbial Sciences Web Writer
The Microbial Sciences writer team is a collaborative group of 6-8 ASM members who write news-y articles on scientific topics in the microbial sciences for asm.org’s core audience: microbiology professionals and trainees (e.g., graduate students, postdocs). Microbial Sciences writers cover all microbial sciences subtopics except clinical and public health microbiology (see Bugs & Drugs Team).

Commitment

  • Minimum commitment of 1 year.
  • Approximately 5 hours/month.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Must contribute 3 articles (750-1500 words) to asm.org per year.
  • Collaboratively edit the work of other team members (approximately one article to edit every 2 weeks).
  • Attend quarterly calls with ASM staff.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an ASM member and maintain membership throughout the duration of the commitment.
  • Must have, or be working toward, an advanced degree (master's degree and above) in microbiology or a related science.

Application and Selection Process

  • Prospective team members are invited to contribute to asm.org on a guest basis for their first article, based on the strength of an initial article pitch.
  • Pitches should include the overall story idea and the ‘take-home’ message for readers, and should be appealing to microbiology professionals and trainees (i.e., those with a fairly high level of background knowledge).
  • Guest contributors are assessed for writing skill and the ability to incorporate edits before being invited to join the team.

Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) Subject Matter Expert

During an AMA, subject matter experts from ASM and the microbiology community answer microbiology-themed questions from members of the Reddit community live on the Reddit platform.

Commitment

  • Each AMA requires a commitment of approximately 3 hours, 1 hour of prep before the event and 2 hours on the day of the event.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Participate in a prep call with ASM staff the week of the AMA.

Eligibility

  • AMAs are topic-specific, so any scientist with expertise in the subject and a willingness to participate is eligible.
  • A Reddit account is required.

Selection Process

  • To participate, email a description of your area(s) of expertise and why you are interested in participating.
  • ASM's Public Outreach Program Officer will reach out to interested volunteers with the appropriate topic expertise for each AMA.
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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Participant

ASM members and the microbiology community gather virtually to contribute to the refinement and growth of the open-source Wikipedia platform. The focus is on articles that are part of WikiProject Microbiology, specifically those containing requests for editing (citations, language clean-up, etc.), as well as topics and subjects identified as needing content development.

Commitment

  • Edit-a-thons take place quarterly.
  • Time commitment is 1-2 hours.

Eligibility

  • Any microbiologist interested in participating is eligible. Volunteers will need to have experience with Wikipedia page editing, either on their own or through an ASM-run training.
  • A Wikipedia account is required.

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Bugs & Drugs Web Writer
The Bugs & Drugs writer team is a collaborative group of 6-8 ASM members who write news-y articles on scientific topics in clinical and public health microbiology for asm.org’s core audience: microbiology professionals and trainees (e.g., graduate students, postdocs).

Commitment

  • Minimum commitment of 1 year.
  • Approximately 5 hours/month.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Must contribute 3 articles (750-1500 words) to asm.org per year.
  • Collaboratively edit the work of other team members (approximately one article to edit every 2 weeks).
  • Attend quarterly calls with ASM staff.

Eligibility

  • Must be an ASM member and maintain membership throughout the duration of the commitment.
  • Must have, or be working toward, an advanced degree (master's degree and above) in microbiology or a related science.
  • Expertise in clinical or public health microbiology.

Application and Selection Process

  • Prospective team members are invited to contribute to asm.org on a guest basis for their first 2 articles, based on the strength of an initial article pitch.
  • Pitches should include the overall story idea and the ‘take-home’ message for readers, and should be appealing to microbiology professionals and trainees (i.e., those with a fairly high level of background knowledge).
  • Guest contributors are assessed for writing skill and the ability to incorporate edits before being invited to join the team.

ASM Agar Art Contest Judge

The annual ASM Agar Art Contest features artistic creations submitted by microbiologists, scientists and artists from around the globe. With hundreds of submissions each year, the contest relies on expert judges to identify and choose the winners in each category. 

Commitment

  • There are 2 rounds of judging. Judges can sign up for either or both rounds.
  • Each round requires a commitment of 3-4 hours.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • First round judges review up to 50 entries each, evaluating submissions using a simple “like/dislike” criteria.
  • Second round judges review 5-10 finalists each, evaluating submissions on subjective characteristics including overall quality and creativity of the entry, descriptive text, and scientific accuracy. A rubric is provided.
  • Judging is conducted through an internal ASM platform, which judges will be required to use to submit their scores and feedback.

Eligibility

  • Any individual with an interest in, or passion for, art and science.
  • Judges are NOT allowed to submit their own contest entries.