About the Academy

Over the last 50 years, over 2,500 distinguished scientists have been elected to The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM or Academy). The AAM is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization. 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. Explore the Academy Colloquia Archive.

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2018 Award Laureates

The American Academy of Microbiology is pleased to recognize the 2018 Award Laureates honored at ASM Microbe 2018.

AAM Fellowship Dues

Support the Academy with your Annual or Lifetime Fellowship dues. Questions? Email academy@asmusa.org for more information.

ASM Awards

The Academy manages ASM’s awards program.

16 awards honor leaders in the microbial sciences who are recognized and nominated by their peers. 


Find AAM Fellows

Search the AAM Fellows directory. 

Nomination & Election

Election qualifiers to Fellowship are scientific excellence, originality, and leadership; high ethical standards as well as scholarly and creative achievement. Qualifications for Fellowship are: an earned doctoral degree; senior professional standing recognized at the national or international level; and outstanding and original contributions to the field of microbiology. 

Outstanding contributions may be evidenced by distinguished scholarly achievement and a strong publication record, supported by strong professional and editorial board service; honorary, scientific, educational, clinical, and professional achievement awards; inventions; patents; and board certification.

The Academy takes each of these criteria extremely seriously, including the adherence to high ethical standards, and will take the appropriate measures to address any alleged or actual unethical behavior by Academy Fellows.

Members of the Academy represent a wide variety of microbiology’s many fields, including basic, clinical, and applied research; education, public health, industry, and government service.

Nominations for AAM Fellowship for 2020 will open on August 1, 2019 and close on October 1, 2019. 

Fellows are able to serve as a primary nominator for a maximum of two (2) fellowship nominations per cycle and a maximum of two (2) supporting nominations per cycle.

The nomination packet will consist of one (1) nominator and two (2) supporting nominators, all of whom must be in good standing.  No more than one person making or supporting the nomination may be from the same work group at the nominee's primary place of employment. Additionally, it should include a recent curriculum vitae of the nominee as well as a list of the twelve (12) most important publications. For each one, please include a complete citation and a brief annotation indicating the significance of the publication and the unique contribution made by the nominee.

Exceptions to any of the above requirements will be considered by the Committee on Elections upon petition of five (5) AAM Fellows in the area of specialization of the nominee.

For questions or clarifications, please contact Academy@asmusa.org. 


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