About the Award

ASM Award wreath illustration.

The ASM Scherago-Rubin Award for Clinical Microbiology recognizes an outstanding bench-level clinical microbiologist involved in routine diagnostic work who has distinguished themself by excellent performance. The award was established by the late Sally Jo Rubin, an active member of ASM's Clinical Microbiology Division, in honor of her grandfather, Professor Morris Scherago.

2024 ASM Scherago-Rubin Awardee

David Lonsway, M.Med.

David Lonsway, M.Med.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Past Awardees
2023: James Pusavat
2022: Joy Graff
2021: Brandon Ellis
2020: Violeta Rekasius
2019: Melissa Jones
2018: Blaine Mathison
2017: Michael Brandon
2016: Mary Plenzler
2015: Robyn Shimizu
2014: Scott Cunningham
2013: Barbara Brown-Elliott
2012: Brent Barrett
2011: Susan D. Munro
2010: Claudia Hinnebusch
2009: Arthur Guruswamy
2008: Regina Van Brakle
2007: Michael S. Forman
2006: Angela Beth Prouse
2005: Yvonne Shea
2004: Caroline Irene Mohr
2003: Ernest Kent Korgenski
2002: Patricia L. Cernoch
2001: Carolyn K. Wallis
2000: Harold J. Cannon, Jr.
1999: Mitzi R. Norris
1998: Sherry Lee Gamble
1997: Peter C. Iwen
1996: Steven D. Ewers
1994: Paulette G. Hammond
1993: Patricia Gill
1992: Elena Prevost Smith
1990: Sheryl Johnston
1989: Pamela M. Hulme
1988: No Award Given
1987: Linda Guthertz


Nominees must be non-doctoral-level (bachelor or master's degree preferred) medical microbiologists, involved primarily in routine diagnostic work, rather than in research, who have distinguished themselves with excellent performance in the clinical laboratory.

Nominees should also demonstrate a strong record of engagement in the microbiology community outside of their own institution, and can include ASM or other societies with a significant number of clinical microbiologists.

Nominators must address how the nominees meet the criteria and how they have made significant contributions in their clinical laboratory performance.

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 to complete the nomination. After the nomination form is submitted by the nominator, the nominee will be contacted by ASM and asked to provide a current CV or enter highlights from their CV on a CV template. Completing the CV template is highly recommended; however, 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.