What is the ASM Future Leaders Mentoring Fellowship?

The ASM Future Leaders Mentoring Fellowship is designed to support senior undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, master's and doctoral graduate students from underrepresented groups who demonstrate an interest in the microbial sciences and seek mentorship in navigating their career trajectory. Microbiology sectors include, but are not limited to, academia, industry, government, nonprofit and entrepreneurship. 

Program Details

In the first year, mentees will be matched with a team of mentors and participate in skillset training, structured mentoring, community building and networking activities at ASM Microbe. In the second year, mentees will become peer mentors to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) undergraduate students in the microbiology discipline and serve as ABRCMS session moderators. In an optional third year, selected mentees will be invited to serve as an ASM mentoring ambassador to incoming cohorts and an ABRCMS judge.

Year 1

Before ASM Microbe

  • Mentees will be matched with a group of mentors to begin 1 on 1 and/or group mentoring.

During ASM Microbe

  • Mentees will attend a 1.5-day ASM Future Leaders Mentoring Fellowship symposium focused on skillset training for their professional journey.
Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Networking and Setting up Collaborations.
  • Work-life balance.
  • Implementing and belonging in diverse environments.
  • Goal-setting.
The mentors and mentees will also attend:
  • Two organized luncheon meetings.
  • Structured activities with ASM Leadership and mentors.
  • The “Binning Singletons” networking reception. 

After ASM Microbe​

  • The mentees and mentors will check-in quarterly with scheduled programming. 
  • Mentors and mentees will be placed into a mentoring portal to serve in peer-to-peer and group mentoring. 
Year 2
  • The mentees will become mentors to the ABRCMS undergraduate students who choose microbiology as their discipline and serve as ABRCMS session moderator.
Year 3 (optional)
  • Mentees will become an ASM mentoring ambassador to incoming cohort.
  • Any postdoctoral trainees who complete the program as a mentor will be invited to serve as an ABRCMS judge.

Eligibility

Mentee Eligibility

Mentees must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an ASM member.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or DACA eligible.
  • Be from an underrepresented population (racial and ethnic backgrounds, individuals with disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds).
  • Be a senior undergraduate, postbaccalaureate or graduate student (master's and doctoral).
  • Plan to attend ASM Microbe.
  • Have a primary area of interest or interdisciplinary studies within the microbial sciences.
  • Commit to a 2-year collaboration within mentoring relationships and incoming cohorts.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for presentation at ASM Microbe. Preference will be given to individuals who have an accepted abstract to present at ASM Microbe.

Mentor Eligibility

Mentors must meet the following requirements:
  • Be an ASM member.
  • Be a nonstudent (e.g., postdoctoral scientists, research scientist, faculty or administrator in any employment sector).

Apply

Mentee Application

Your ASM username and password will be required to apply for the fellowship. The application does not need to be done in one sitting. You will be able to save and come back to your application. Apply now.

Mentor Application

Your ASM username and password will be required to apply for the fellowship. The application does not need to be done in one sitting. You will be able to save and come back to your application. Apply now.

Mentee Award Package

Each Fellow (mentee only) will receive:  
  • Year-round mentoring by mentor matching with experts in various career sectors in microbiology.
  • A waiver for your first year of ASM membership. Fellows are responsible for membership dues after year 1.
  • Complimentary registration to participate in ASM Microbe the year the award is given.
  • Complimentary lodging to participate in ASM Microbe the year the award is given.
  • Up to $1000 stipend to cover travel costs and other out of pocket expenses for ASM Microbe the year the award is given. 

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