What Is a Microbrew?

Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 11:59 p.m. PDT (UTC -07:00)

A Microbrew showcases a “brewing idea" in any of the subdisciplines in the biological sciences. Unlike other poster presentations at ASMCUE, assessment data are NOT required. The committee encourages presenters to share ideas and activities for the classroom and/or lab. This is an ideal forum to share or field test new ideas and solicit feedback for improvement from other educators with similar interests. Speakers are encouraged to make their 10-minute talk interactive and to engage their audience in a learning experience, if the subject matter is appropriate for this format. 

Do You Have an Idea "Brewing"?

Submit a Microbrew Proposal

The 2022 ASMCUE Planning Committee welcomes submissions for Microbrews. Microbrews are short talks with a 10-minute presentation and 5-minute Q&A (15 minutes total). Please note that all presenters are responsible for the conference registration fee.
Presenters lead an interactive discussion around a "brewing idea” in any of the subdisciplines of the biological sciences. Past Microbrew presenters indicated that soliciting feedback from attendees is the most valuable component of a microbrew.

Key Application Components

  • Activity description, engagement plan, timeline and student learning goals.
  • Context for activity and ASMCUE attendee learning outcomes. 
  • Audience, keywords and ASM Curriculum Guidelines core concepts.
  • Identify your Microbrew track. Choose from: 
    • Allied Health
    • Cell Biology/Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Student Skills: 
      • Critical Thinking
      • Communication/Writing
      • Science Literacy/Primary Literature
      • Learning/Metacognition
    • Programmatic Changes
    • Technology-Assisted Pedagogy (apps, websites, videos, etc.)


  • Microbrews may have a maximum of 2 authors.
  • “Attendee” refers to the ASMCUE microbrew attendee, and “student” refers to individuals that attendees teach at their home institutions/organizations.
  • Applicants can save progress on their application and return to complete it at a later time. Submissions must be completed before the application date in order to be considered.

Review Criteria and Guidelines

Competitive proposals are well organized, present the idea or activity clearly and demonstrate a reasonable timeline for the 10-minute presentation. All submissions are reviewed by the ASMCUE Microbrew Review Committee according to the following criteria (see rubric):

  • Background, presentation timing and relevance to the 2022 ASMCUE theme. 
  • Demonstrates inclusive, anti-racist and evidence-based teaching practices. 
  • Attendee engagement and clear learning outcomes. 
  • Innovation, originality and alignment with ASM Curriculum Guidelines. 
The committee reserves the right to contact authors for more information and to transfer submissions, if warranted, to another presentation format within the conference program. For microbrew proposals, no re-submissions will be allowed.

Commercial Products/Services 

A proposal must discuss any commercial product or service, name the product and disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Proposals that promote a specific commercial product or service for purchase will be recommended for the ASMCUE Exhibit and Sponsorship Program. 


The primary contact will receive a disposition by May 2022.


Past Successful Topics

  • In-class activities
  • Service learning ideas
  • Project ideas
  • Field activities
  • Laboratory activities
  • Discussion starters
  • Study tools
  • Specific/novel component of a CURE
  • Assessment tools
  • Classroom management ideas

Presentation Details

  • Dates: Live Microbrews will take place July 13–15, 2022.
  • Format: Authors may indicate a preference for a live or pre-recorded microbrew for the ASMCUE Planning Committee to take into consideration.
    • Live Microbrew: 10 minutes for a presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A.
    • Pre-recorded Microbrew: 10-minute talk in MP4 format. File must be submitted by Friday, July 1, 2022.
  • Platform: Live Microbrews will be broadcast with Restream through the ASMCUE conference platform. Authors may associate handouts or websites with their presentation on the platform.
  • Preparation: Presenters who are accepted for a live talk are expected to:
    • Attend one live speaker training session about using Restream or view the recording.
    • Follow ASMCUE Presentation Guidelines when designing and delivering their talks (will be distributed after session acceptance). These Guidelines include features for attendee accessibility.
  • Recording: With speakers’ consent, ASMCUE will record the live microbrews, which will be made available to attendees until Dec. 31, 2022.

Example #1

Activity Type: G. Other-Curriculum Revision

Inverting the Genetics Curriculum: Making Genetics More Accessible and Inclusive

Rivka Glaser, Stevenson University
Dina Newman, Rochester Institute of Technology

Microbrew Description

Traditionally, genetics is taught from a historical standpoint, scaffolding learning on Mendelian genetics. This model reinforces the misconceptions that all traits follow a simple dominant-recessive model of inheritance and that Mendelian phenotypes are common. It spotlights the contributions of white, male scientists. An inverted genetics curriculum scaffolds learning on the variation underlying complex traits and has two advantages over the traditional curriculum – relevance and inclusiveness.
De-emphasizing Mendel focuses the curriculum on more common disorders that many students are aware of, allows students to see themselves represented in the history of genetics, and better reflects a 21st century understanding of genetics.

Timeline of Microbrew

2 minutes: Comparison of inverted curriculum with traditional curriculum.
1 minute: Introduction to interactive timeline of genetics group activity.
5 minutes: Interactive timeline activity using Jamboard.
3 minutes: Regroup and discussion and feedback on the inverted curriculum.

Example #2

Activity Type: B. laboratory exercise or module

Building Radical Listening and Empathy Through an Implementation Lab on Vaccine Hesitancy

Pete Chandrangsu, Scripps College
Jessie Mills, Pomona College

Microbrew Description

Effective science communication is more than the data. It requires an empathetic approach and must come from a place of understanding. It is difficult, if not impossible, for scientists and physicians to communicate and educate without understanding the cultural, social, and emotional factors that contribute to an individual’s decision-making. To help students build these skills, we have develop workshops focused on empathy and vaccine hesitancy. Over the course of 1-2 lab periods, students engage in the process of character development and role play an interaction as a vaccine hesitant individual and a clinician or friend. The hope is that students can use empathy to promote
understanding and effective science communication across emotion.

Timeline of Microbrew

1 minute: Introduction of my students.
2 minutes: Description of activity.
5 minutes: Attendees to engage in a portion of the activity (character development) with the chat box.
2 minutes: Debrief with participants.