Canceled: ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Student conducting research.
Student conducting research.
Due to conditions with regard to COVID-19, travel bans, limited institutional offerings and laboratory closures, ASM has decided to cancel the 2021 Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. Please check back for updates. If you have any questions please contact us via email.

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides a rewarding and unique opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct research for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer semester, and attend ASM Microbe to present their research results. Students will also participate in the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD), a 2-day workshop intended to equip students with skills needed to give a successful presentation and develop relationships with peers and mentors in the microbial sciences. 

Program Details

Students must submit a joint application with a faculty mentor, and complete summer research in their mentor’s lab. Students receive a stipend for summer research, and travel support to attend ASM Microbe and MAPD.

For Students:
  • Stipend to conduct summer research at the home institution, for a minimum of 10 weeks, with an ASM member faculty mentor studying microbial sciences
  • ‚ÄčTravel support to attend ASM Microbe (pending abstract acceptance)
  • Travel support to attend networking and presentation workshop (MAPD)
  • Recognition in a prestigious fellowship program
** Note: Community College students may conduct research at their home institution or at a nearby four-year university

For Faculty:
  • Selected student fellow will receive funding to conduct research in faculty’s lab
  • Opportunity to mentor an undergraduate student
  • Recognition in a prestigious fellowship program
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues


Student eligibility requirements include:
  • ASM membership
  • Full-time enrollment as a community college, undergraduate, or post-baccalaureate student
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or DACA eligibility
  • Involvement in a research project in the microbial sciences (see accepted research tracks here)
  • Access to an ASM member at their home institution to serve as a faculty mentor
  • No other financial support for research during fellowship
Research project topics should fall under these scientific tracks. Please note that this program is dedicated to students pursuing scientific research and is not applicable to medical school students. 

Faculty eligibility requirements include:
  • ASM membership
  • No recent (past two fellowship years) ASM-URF students
  • An appointment at the same institution as the student applicant (Note: Community College students may work with a faculty mentor at a nearby 4-year institution)
  • An ongoing research project
  • Justifiable financial need for the fellowship to support student research
Preference will be given to institutions and/or faculty with limited resources and those supporting underrepresented minority groups in the microbial sciences. The program supports research in all areas of the microbial sciences.


The program requires a joint application from the student and the faculty research mentor. Both parts must be completed by the deadline.

Learn More

2019 URF Recipient, Hannah Valencia, shares her excitement about participating in the URF program.

Contact Shaundra Holmes at 202-942-9282 or email