About the Academy

Over the last 50 years, over 2,600 distinguished scientists have been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology (Academy). The Academy is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), one of the largest life science societies in the world. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. It fulfills its mission by election to fellowship in the Academy, convening colloquia and oversight of ASM’s Awards Program. 

Academy News

ASM Awards

ASM congratulates the 2023 ASM Award & Prize recipients for their achievements in research, education and leadership. The Academy manages the ASM Awards and Prize program that offers a wide range of awards to recognize microbiologists for outstanding contributions to the microbial sciences. ASM Awards and Prize highlight individuals who have made significant contributions to advance the field. Recipients are awarded an honorarium and are invited to present and be recognized at the ASM Microbe meeting.

List of the 202 2023 ASM Awards and Prize Recipients

Election to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

Each year, the American Academy of Microbiology (Academy) elects exceptional microbiologists to fellowship in the Academy. Academy fellows represent a wide variety of microbiology sectors, including research, education, public health, industry and government service. The governors of the Academy elect fellows from a pool of nominated candidates.
 
Nominees for fellowship must exhibit high ethical standards, scientific excellence, originality, scholarly and creative achievement and leadership. The Academy takes each of these selection criteria extremely seriously and will take appropriate measures to address any alleged or actual unethical behavior by Academy fellows.
 
ASM fosters a culture of equity and inclusion to achieve diversity in science. Specifically, ASM seeks to create a culture where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly and are provided opportunities to develop professionally and excel in their chosen career pathway.


Nominations for the new fellowship class will open Aug. 1 until Oct. 1. For questions or clarifications, please contact Academy@asmusa.org.

Find Academy Fellows

There are over 2,600 Fellows in the Academy representing all subspecialties of the microbial sciences and involved in basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry, and government service. In addition, Fellows hail from all around the globe.

Academy Leadership

Academy goverance consists of multiple leadership positions divided into the Academy Governors and the following 3 distinct subcommittees:
  • Academy Leadership Nominating Subcommittee.
  • Subcommittee on Awards.
  • Subcommittee on Elections.
Each year, the Academy opens a call for volunteers for leadership positions to promote transparency and inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability in Academy leadership. The next nomination period will open on July 1, 2022. 

Academy Strategic Plan

The Academy will play a strategic role as a think tank within ASM to strengthen the scientific credential of the organization, align with ASM programs and resources and contribute to efforts to advance the microbial sciences through the following strategic goals:
  • Promote inclusive diversity with equity access and accountability (IDEAA) as a role model and leader in the microbial science community.
  • Promote excellence in microbial sciences through concrete actions.
  • Engage fellows in the role as mentors and educators.
  • Deliver long term scientific impacts through the focused scientific portfolio(s).

Academy Fellowship Dues

The Governors of the Academy have established a dues structure that provides joint Academy and ASM membership starting in membership year 2020. Please refer to the benefits breakdown below to decide which membership type is right for you.*

Academy + ASM Premium Membership

Dues $270 ($75 Academy Dues + $195 ASM Premium Dues)

Fellow benefits include the following:
  • Recognition for scientific excellence, originality, leadership, ethics, service and teaching.
  • Opportunity to submit manuscripts to mBio va a special and acceleration submission path (1 per calendar year).
  • Voting right to elect Academy Governors and members of the Subcommittee on Elections.
  • Opportunity to serve in an Academy leadership role (e.g. Governors, Academy subcommittees).
  • Opportunity to nominate or suppor nominated candidates for Academy Fellowship.
  • ASM premium membership benefits. 
Academy + ASM Contributing Membership

Dues $165 ($75 Academy Dues + $90 ASM Contributing Dues)

Fellow benefits include the following:
  • Recognition for scientific excellence, originality, leadership, ethics, service and teaching.
  • Opportunity to submit manuscripts to mBio va a special and acceleration submission path (1 per calendar year).
  • Voting right to elect Academy Governors and members of the Subcommittee on Elections.
  • Opportunity to serve in an Academy leadership role (e.g. Governors, Academy subcommittees).
  • Opportunity to nominate or suppor nominated candidates for Academy Fellowship.
  • ASM contributing membership benefits.
Honorific

Dues $0

Fellow benefits include the following:
  • Recognition for scientific excellence, originality, leadership, ethics, service and teaching.

* Fellows who currently hold a Lifetime or Emeritus Academy membership and abide by the ASM’s Code of Ethics will continue receiving all of the Academy’s benefits.

Answers to commonly-asked questions are available here. For inquiries not addressed by this FAQ, please email service@asmusa.org.

Support the Future of Microbiology

The crucial work of the Academy is possible, in part, through generous contributions from our donors. To support the Academy and its mission, please contribute to the American Academy of Microbiology. 
Donate to ASM

mBio

mBio® is published in association with the American Academy of Microbiology. Academy Fellows also are entitled to submit manuscripts via a special, accelerated submission path, with one published manuscript allowed per calendar year.  Additionally, Academy Fellows work with Editor-in-Chief Arturo Casadevall by serving as editors and reviewers for manuscripts submitted in their areas of expertise.

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