Announcing the Ultimate Clinical Microbiology Rap Battle

Jan. 14, 2019

Face it: you love clinical microbiology and want everyone to know how important it is. The American Society for Microbiology is here to help. Inspired by Sir Issac Newton going up against Bill Nye, ASM is hosting a rap battle for members working in clinical and public health microbiology.

  • Must be about clinical or public health microbiology.
  • Time limit: 1 minute.
  • Be original: no parodies please.
  • Rap beats optional.
  • Lyrics must be clearly understood.
  • Audio must be accompanied by some sort of visual.
How to Enter:
  • Record your video (see advice below) in .mp4, .m4v, or .mov format.
  • Email directly (25 MB max) or send a dropbox link (files > 25 MB) to

Important Dates:
  • Jan 14: Call for videos.
  • April 14: Videos due.
  • May: Contest begins with voting online.
  • June: Rap Battle FINAL BATTLE live at ASM Microbe!
    • Top video entries will be screened.
    • The 2 finalists will perform LIVE!
    • Both finalists win the new MCM 12.

  • Practice! (Before recording, ideally).
  • Use a smart phone to record.
  • Edit in Garageband, iMovie, or Quicktime.
  • Get beats from Garageband (free), or a smartphone app like Rapchat or Rap Fame (for a fee).
  • Have fun! You don't need high-level production values or fancy editing. Good luck!


Author: Julie Wolf, Ph.D.

Julie Wolf, Ph.D.
Dr. Julie Wolf is in science communications at Indie Bio, and is a former ASM employee.