About the Award

ASM Award for Early Career Clinical Microbiology

The ASM Award for Early Career Clinical Microbiology Research recognizes research excellence and achievements of early career microbiologists in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. This award was first established in 2024.

2024 ASM Early Career Clinical Microbiology Research Awardee

Alexander L. Greninger M.D., Ph.D.

Alexander L. Greninger M.D., Ph.D.

University of Washington Medical Center


The successful candidate is a clinical microbiologist holding a doctoral-level degree (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D., DrPH, M.D., D.O., or equivalent) and is within a period of 10 years after completion of postgraduate training (i.e., residency, fellowship, postdoctoral training, etc.) in a related scientific field. Nominations can be based on a single major achievement or the aggregate of a number of exemplary achievements.

Nominees for the ASM Award for Early Career Clinical Microbiology Research will be evaluated based on their overall contributions to promoting research in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, especially their scientific contribution in the area of microbiology determined by studies published in recognized scientific journals, grant awards and works presented at national/international meetings.

Nominators must address how the nominees meet the criteria and how they have made significant contributions to the field.   

Nominations Must Include:

  1. Nomination Form. Nominator will need to create a free ASM account or log in to their current ASM account to complete the nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted (in other words, you cannot nominate yourself for the award).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the nominee is required for nomination. After the nomination form is submitted by the nominator, the nominees will be asked by ASM to provide a current CV or enter highlights from their achievements on a CV template. Completing the CV template is highly recommended, but the selection committee will accept either the template or the nominee’s current CV.
  3. Nominee Statement. Nominees will be asked to provide a nominee statement describing their most significant contributions to the field of microbial sciences, explaining how their contributions meet the criteria for the award and why they are deserving of the award.

Awardee Benefits

The Award Laureate will receive the following honors:

  • One time waiver to publish an article without charge in 1 of ASM Journals. 
  • A cash prize of $1,400.
  • Personalized commemorative keepsake.
  • Be invited to speak at the next ASM Microbe meeting.
  • Be recognized at the next ASM Microbe meeting and be invited as honored guests at the ASM and American Academy of Microbiology leadership receptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to the most frequently asked questions about ASM awards, see the Awards and Prize FAQs page.

Award Selection Process

All eligible nominations will be reviewed by the respective award selection committee. The committee members will use the nomination materials to evaluate each nominee using the described eligibility criteria. The committee will discuss outstanding candidates and determine the awardee for that year. The committee takes into consideration various factors about the nominees in the decision to ensure the selected awardee is a strong example of excellence in the field.

Selection Committee Members

  • Nathan Ledeboer, Ph.D. (Chair).
  • Cesar A. Arias, M.D., M.S., Ph.D, FIDSA.
  • Romney Humphries, Ph.D. D(ABMM).
  • Eleftherios Mylonakis, M.D., Ph.D., FIDSA, FAAM.
  • Nancy L. Wengenack, Ph.D., D(ABMM), FIDSA, FAAM.

ASM awards are granted at the discretion of award selection committees and might not be awarded every year.

Questions? Contact awards@asmusa.org.