Program Description

The American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) program consists of a scientifically-diverse roster of 16-20 lecturers who present at ASM Branch meetings throughout the U.S. ASMDL lecturers also participate in career development and mentoring activities at Branch meetings that benefit students, postdocs and early career scientists. Waksman Foundation Lecturers have specific expertise in antibiotics, translational research and/or environmental microbiology, and are supported by an endowment from the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology.

Complete Nomination Form
Deadline: Nov 16, 2020

ASMDL Lecturer Duties

  • Speak at ASM Branch meetings and events (at the invitation of individual Branches).
  • Serve 2-year term.
  • Give as many (or as few) lectures as their schedule allows; no maximum or minimum number of lectures are required (average is 1-3 per year). 

ASMDL Roster

Nominating ASMDL Lecturers 

Lecturers for the ASMDL roster are chosen through a competitive nomination process, and only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen to participate. The ASMDL program covers lecturers’ travel expenses for lectures at Branch meetings, but does not provide honoraria.


Nominees should have excellent scientific credentials, proven, outstanding speaking ability, interest in interacting with students and postdocs at Branch meetings and interest in participating in Branch activities that promote career development.

  • Nominees must have:
    • Excellent scientific credentials.
    • Proven, outstanding speaking ability.
    • Interest in interacting with students, and other early career scientists aat Branch meetings.
    • Interest in participating in Branch activities that promote career development
  • Nominees must be ASM members.
  • Self-nominations are NOT accepted.
  • Lecturers who have participated in the ASMDL program over the previous 5 years are not eligible to serve again unless there is a specific need for a topic that justifies the selection of that individual. 


Aug. 1, 2020 Nominations Open
Nov. 16, 2020 Nomination Deadline
March/April 2021 Nominees Notified & New Roster Announced


Nomination deadline:  November 16, 2020

Complete and submit nominations online through the ASMDL Nomination Form.
The nomination includes these components:

  1. Letter of Nomination—written by nominator and specifically addressing the nominee's qualifications:
    • Scientific credentials.
    • Abilities as a speaker.
    • Willingness to interact with students and postdocs during Branch meetings.
    • Any other relevant information addressing why the nominee would be a good match for the ASMDL program.
  2. Letter of Support – provide name and contact information for  an individual (other than the nominator) who is willing to comment on the nominee's fitness for the ASMDL program; this person will be asked to provide a letter of support.
  3. Nominee's CV
  4. Nomination form with the nominee's information:
    • Contact information.
    • Suggested lecture topics and descriptions.
    • Suggested career development and mentoring activities.
    • Short biographical sketch. (up to 200 words).
    • Nominee’s Personal statement (up to 200 words) –  addressing any/all of the following:  why nominee wants to be a part of the ASMDL program; what nominee will bring to the program; nominee’s commitment to students/postdocs; nominee’s commitment to ASM and to microbiology; nominee’s vision/philosophy/statement of purpose; any other relevant information.
All nomination components listed above must be submitted through the online ASMDL Nomination Form.

Complete Nomination Form