Start an ASM Student and Postdoctoral Chapter

June 18, 2018

ASM student and postdoctoral chapters are for students and postdocs interested in microbiology at their local university. Chapters host several events throughout the year, such as career panels, visits to microbiology companies, judging science fairs, etc. to promote ASM's mission of advancing the microbial sciences.
  • Hold weekly or monthly meetings for students and faculty.
  • Collaborate with local ASM Branches or Ambassadors to develop meeting programs, organize local ASM events or create presentation opportunities for their members.
  • Invite local experts from the Careers in Microbial Sciences Speaker Program to speak with their chapter.
  • Organize professional development workshops on scientific writing or presenting and communicating your science.
  • Host informational seminars using materials from ASM Careers to discuss next career steps, creating a CV and the job search process. 
  • Tour microbiology-related companies, such as local laboratories, hospitals, breweries, sewage treatment plans, wineries, etc.
  • Support primary and secondary science education by hosting (or judging) a science and technology fair. 

Your Benefits to Starting a Chapter: 

  • Expand your network by collaborating with students, faculty, industry, clinical laboratories and nonprofit organizations.
  • Develop leadership instincts.
  • Improve presentation skills.
  • Give back to your local community and support science through K-12 engagement.
  • Gain mentors outside of academic institutions.
  • Have an opportunity to write a proposal seeking financial support from ASM.
  • Recognition as an official part of ASM and a network of sister chapters throughout the world.

How to Start a Chapter: 

  • Draft a constitution for your group. 
  • Seek initial sponsorship from your university. Universities have various requirements for forming on campus groups. Consult your student affairs department to make sure you are in compliance with your institution. 
  • Select a faculty advisor who is a current member of ASM. 
  • Draft an action plan of activities your chapter would like to accomplish in the current calendar year. 
  • Ask your local branch or ambassador for sponsorship. Contact the ASM Branch in your area or local ambassador to request sponsorship to become an ASM-recognized student and postdoctoral chapter. Enclose a copy of your constitution and action plan for review. 
  • Submit an application to with:
    • Your drafted constitution.
    • Letter or email of approval from your faculty advisor (who is an ASM member).
    • Letter or email of support from your local ASM Branch or ASM Ambassador.
    • List of names and contact information of executive board members. 
  • ASM will review your application and contact you when your chapter is provisionally approved. Your chapter will be officially approved by the ASM Board of Directors at the next ASM Microbe meeting. 
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Where We Work

ASM student and postdoctoral chapters are for students and postdocs interested in microbiology at their local university. Find one near you or start a chapter at your university.

International ASM Student and Postdoctoral Chapters


Yerevan State University
Yerevan, Armenia
Faculty Advisor: Anna Poladyan;


University of Chittagong
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Faculty Advisor: Md. Zobaidul Alam;

University of Dhaka
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Faculty Advisor: Sangita Ahmed

University of Rajshahi
Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Faculty Advisor: Imtiaj Hasan and Fazlul Haque;;


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Faculty Advisor: Tatiana Pinto;;

University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Faculty Advisor: Maria Carolina Quecine and Maria Leticia Bonatelli;


University of Yaounde 1
Yaounde, Cameroon
Faculty Advisor: Sado Sylvian


University of British Colombia
Vancouver, Canada
Faculty Advisor: Agatha Jassem;


Universidad del Quindio
Quindío, Colombia
Faculty Advisor: Jorge E. Gomez-Marin;


Mansoura University
Mansoura, Egypt
Faculty Advisor: Alaa Aboelnour Elmoursi 

Alexandria University
Alexandria, Egypt
Faculty Advisor: Hanan Ghozlan;

El Salvador

Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado
San Salvador, El Salvador
Faculty Advisor: Leonor Murillo de Linares;


University of Energy and Natural Resources
Sunyani, Ghana
Faculty Advisor: Kenneth Bentum Otabil


Madurai Kamaraj University
Madurai, India
Faculty Advisor: P. Varalakshmi;


University of the West Indies
Mona, Jamaica
Faculty Advisor: Paul Brown and Stacy Stephenson-Clarke;


National University of Malaysia
Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Faculty Advisor: Kalaivani Nadarajah;


Pokhara University
Pokhara, Nepal
Faculty Advisor: Suresh Jaiswal


Kwara State University (KWASU)
Nigerian Association of Microbiology Students (NAMS), Kwara State University (KWASU)
Kwara, Nigeria
Faculty Advisor: Sunday Awe;


COMSATS University
ASM Himalaya Student Chapter
Abbottabad, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Rashid Nazir

Dow University of Health Sciences
Karachi, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Muhammad Asif Qureshi;

Institute of Microbiology University of Agriculture
Faisalabad, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mashkoor Mohsin Gilani

Jinnah University for Women
Karachi, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Kashmala Zainab and Taqdees Malik;

Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University
Islamabad, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mustafeez Mujtaba Babar

University of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Imran Sajid;

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Lahore, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shahzad Ali


Universidad Nacional de Asunción
Asunción, Paraguay
Faculty Advisor: Juana Ortellado Canese and Rosa María Guillén Fretes;


Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Faculty Advisor: Pablo Tsukayama;


University of Santo Tomas
UST Microbiology Society
Santo Tomas, Philippines
Faculty Advisor: Reuel M. Bennett and Kim Hazel V. Arafiles;;

St. Lucia

Spartan Health Sciences University
Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
Faculty Advisor: Sambasivarao Yaragalla


Omdurman Islamic University
Omdurman, Sudan
Faculty Advisor: Abdulazeem Abdulsalam Ibrahim;

United Arab Emirates

Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus
Dubai, UAE
Faculty Advisor: Faheem Syed Mohammed and Madhumitha Kedhari;
U.S. ASM Student and Postdoctoral Chapters


Alabama State University
Faculty Advisor: Qiana Matthews
Auburn University
Faculty Advisor: Mark Liles
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Faculty Advisor: Jessica Scoffield
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Faculty Advisor: Asma Hatoum-Aslan;


University of Alaska
Faculty Advisor: Brandon Briggs


Grand Canyon University
Faculty Advisor: Galyna Kufryk


California Institute of Technology
Faculty Advisor: Jared Leadbetter

California State University, Chico
Faculty Advisor: Troy Cline
California State University, Channel Islands
Faculty Advisor: Hugo Tapia
California State University, Long Beach
Faculty Advisor: Jesse Dillon;
California State University, Los Angeles
Faculty Advisor: Edith Porter;
California State University, Northridge
Faculty Advisor: Gilberto Flores and Rachel Mackelprang;;
California State University, Sacramento
The Student Association of Laboratory Scientists
Faculty Advisor: Susanne Lindgren;
Sierra College
Faculty Advisor: Harriet Wilson
University of California, Berkeley
Microbial Biology Graduate Student Group
Faculty Advisor: Steven Lindow
University of California, Davis
Faculty Advisor: Miriam Martin;
University of California, Riverside
Faculty Advisor: Patrick Degnan;


Quinnipiac University
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Cuchara;
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Faculty Advisor: Kathleen Feldman and Patricia Rossi;
University of Connecticut, Uconn Health
Faculty Advisor: David Banach


Ponte Vedra High School
Faculty Advisor: Kathryn Kehoe
University of Central Florida
Faculty Advisor: Jessica Wilson;
University of Florida
ASM Gators
Faculty Advisor: Monika Oli;


University of Georgia, Athens
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Walker and Timothy Hoover;;


Idaho State University
Faculty Advisor: Jack Shurley;


Chicago State University
Faculty Advisor: Nadeem Fazal;
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Faculty Advisor: Brenda Wilson


Ball State University
Faculty Advisor: John McKillip
Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Faculty Advisor: Tanya Soule;


Iowa State University
Microbiology Graduate Student Organization, Iowa State
Faculty Advisor: Nancy Boury and Nicholas Peters;
University of Iowa
Faculty Advisor: Mary Weber


University of Kansas
ASM Jayhawk
Faculty Advisor: Lynn E. Hancock and P. Scott Hefty;


University of Kentucky
Faculty Advisor: Erin Garcia


Northwestern State University
Faculty Advisor: Christopher N. Lyles and Trenton Kaine O'Neal;


University of Maine
Maine Society of Microbiology
Faculty Advisor: Robert Wheeler


Uniformed Services University
Faculty Advisor: D. Scott Merrell
University of Maryland at College Park
Faculty Advisor: Vincent T. Lee;


University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Faculty Advisor: Kristen Deangelis


Grand Valley State University
Faculty Advisor: Aaron Baxter
Michigan State University
Faculty Advisor: Jeannine Scott;


St. Cloud State University
Faculty Advisor: Ryan Fink and Louise Mills;
University of Minnesota
Faculty Advisor: Christian Mohr


Mississippi State University
Faculty Advisor: Justin Thornton;
Saint Louis University
Faculty Advisor: John Tavis


University of Missouri- Columbia
Faculty Advisor: Pamela Brown and Michael Calcutt;;


University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Faculty Advisor: Eduardo Robleto;
University of Nevada, Reno
Faculty Advisor: Deanna Colton;;

New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Faculty Advisor: Max Haggblom

New York 

Binghamton University
Faculty Advisor: Caitlin Light;
Dominican College of Blauvelt
Faculty Advisor: Bernadette Connors and Regina Alvarez;
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Faculty Advisor: Patricia Mowery;
University at Albany, School of Public Health
Eastern New York ASM Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Kathleen McDonough and William Wolfgang;;

North Carolina

North Carolina State University
Faculty Advisor: Mike Taveirne and Alice Lee;;

North Dakota 

North Dakota State University
Faculty Advisor: Peter Bergholz and Danielle Condry;


Bowling Green University
Faculty Advisor: Hans Wildschutte
Lorain County Community College
Faculty Advisor: Harry Kestler and Kathy Durham;
Miami University
Faculty Advisor: Alan F. Strautman
Ohio Wesleyan
Faculty Advisor: Laura Tuhela-Reuning
Otterbein University
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Bennett


Oklahoma State University
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Cabeen and Karen Wozniak;


Oregon State University
Faculty Advisor: Linda Bruslind;


Drexel University College of Medicine
Eastern Pennsylvania Branch Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Sunny Shin;
Duquesne University
Faculty Advisor: Wook Kim
Juniata College
Faculty Advisor: Regina Lamendella
Pennsylvania State University
Faculty Advisor: Paul Babitzke
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Faculty Advisor: Jason Heindl
West Chester University
Faculty Advisor: John M. Pisciotta;

Puerto Rico

Universidad Ana G. Mendez
UNE PR - Mic-Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Sandra Barroso Lorenzo;
Universidad Ana G. Méndez-Gurabo (formerly Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo)
PRIMER (Puerto Rico Institute for Microbial Ecology Research)
Faculty Advisor: Jose R. Perez-Jimenez
University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
Student Chapter of Microbiology of Arecibo (CEMA)
Faculty Advisor: Jose Arbelo-Garcia;
University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
Profesionales del Laboratorio Clínico (TMED)
Faculty Advisor: Maribel Irizarry-Badea and José Efrain López-Berrios;
University of Puerto Rico, Humacao
Capitulo de Estudiantes de Microbiologia (CEM)
Faculty Advisor: Sanda Rodríguez;
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Industrial Microbiology Students Society (SEMI)
Faculty Advisor: Luis Rios Hernandez and Maria M. Vargas-Rodríguez;;
University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus at San Juan
Faculty Advisor: Edna Aquino -Pinero;
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Faculty Advisor: Miguel Urdaneta;

South Carolina 

Clemson University
Faculty Advisor: Harry D. Kurtz
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Faculty Advisor: Steven Fiester
University of South Carolina Upstate and Furman University
Upstate of SC Chapter of ASM
Faculty Advisor: Ginny Webb and Min-Ken Liao;

South Dakota 

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
ASM-SD Bioindustry Accelerator and Innovation Hub
Faculty Advisor: Rajesh Sani and Kelsey Gilcrease;
South Dakota State University
Faculty Advisor: Jessica Mediger


Vanderbilt University
Faculty Advisor: Ann Tate
East Tennessee State University
Faculty Advisor: Sean Fox and Dara Young;
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Faculty Advisor: Gary LeCleir


Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Faculty Advisor: Heidi Kaplan;
St. Edward’s University
Faculty Advisor: Patricia Baynham and Claire Edwards;
Texas Tech University
Faculty Advisor: Catherine Wakeman
Texas Woman's University
Faculty Advisor: Laura Hanson;
University of Dallas
Faculty Advisor: William Cody
University of North Texas
UNT Society for Microbiology
Faculty Advisor: Lee Hughes
University of Texas at Austin
Faculty Advisor: Suzanne Barth and Eric Cambronne;
University of Texas at El Paso
Faculty Advisor: Rosa Maldonado;
University of Texas at San Antonio
Faculty Advisor: Janakiram Seshu and Soo Chan Lee;;


Brigham Young University
Faculty Advisor: Robert Black
Utah Valley University
Faculty Advisor: Michaela Gazdik Stofer
Weber State University
Faculty Advisor: Katrina Twing


Shenandoah Valley Chapter (BRCC/EMU/JMU)
Faculty Advisor: Kristopher Schmidt
Virginia Commonwealth University
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Miller

Virginia Tech
Faculty Advisor: Ann Stevens


University of Washington
Faculty Advisor: Mark Chandler;

West Virginia

West Virginia University
Faculty Advisor: Meenal Elliott;


University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Faculty Advisor: Bonnie Jo Bratina and Marisa Barbknecht;
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Faculty Advisor: Garret Suen
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Faculty Advisor: Ryan Newton and Sandra McLellan;