An image with the names of the 2024 ASM Awards & Prize Recipients.
For almost 40 years, ASM has offered a wide range of awards via the ASM Awards program to recognize  microbiologists for outstanding contributions to the microbial sciences. In 2021, ASM expanded the program and added the ASM Microbiome Data Prize 

Every year, after a stringent review process, the awards and 1 prize are given to exceptional individuals who come from all sub-disciplines and career stages of microbiology. ASM Awards highlight individuals who have made significant contributions to advance the field and their institutions. Recipients are awarded an honorarium and are invited to present and be recognized at the ASM Microbe meeting.    

Being nominated for an ASM Award or Prize is an honor for any scientist. It reflects the trust and respect of their colleagues. Therefore, there is no better way to show gratitude to a mentor, respect to a colleague or support for an early career scientist than by nominating them and sharing their good work.

The ASM Awards and Prize program is managed by the  American Academy of Microbiology  (Academy), the honorific leadership group and think tank within ASM. The Academy is aware that there are excellent microbiologists from underrepresented groups who deserve this honor, but are less often nominated. Nomination of microbiologists from diverse backgrounds, geographic locations and sectors are greatly welcomed.

Nominations for the 2025 Awards and Prize cycle are now open. Submissions are due by June 24, 2024.

View Past Awards and Prize Recipients’ Contributions

Meet the Microbiologist: Vibrio Cholerae with Rita Colwell

Rita Colwell, Ph.D., describes several lines of evidence for the environmental niche of Vibrio cholerae as well as her work to predict and prepare for cholera outbreaks.
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Editors in Conversation: Dynamite Parasites with Bobbi Pritt

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., M.S., discusses her career, how she became an expert in clinical parasitology and how technology will affect the lab and technicians in the future.
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Meet the Microbiologist: Good Science, Bad Science and How to Make it Better With Fang and Casadevall

Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., and Ferric Fang, M.D., outline a roadmap to understanding and improving the scientific endeavor for the benefit of society at large. 
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Editors in Conversation: SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing for Clinical Care and Infection Control

Alex Greninger, M.D., Ph.D., and Francesca Lee, M.D., discuss guidelines for clinical labs and institutions using SARS-CoV-2 sequencing for patient care and infection control. 
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ASM’s Inclusive Leadership Program, MicroBio-LEAP, Welcomes New Task Force

Lee Hughes, Ph.D., joins the MicroBio-LEAP Task Force to develop a curriculum to promote inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA) within the microbial sciences. 
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What Microbes Can Teach Us About Adapting to Climate Change

Gemma Reguera, Ph.D., shares how lessons learned from both beneficial and harmful microbes may inspire ways to harness those activities to address climate change.
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