Start an ASM Student and Postdoctoral Chapter

March 8, 2024

ASM student and postdoctoral chapters are for students and postdocs interested in microbiology at their local university. Chapters host several events throughout the year, such as career panels, visits to microbiology companies, judging science fairs, etc. to promote ASM's mission of advancing the microbial sciences.
  • Hold weekly or monthly meetings for students and faculty.
  • Collaborate with local ASM Branches or Ambassadors to develop meeting programs, organize local ASM events or create presentation opportunities for their members.
  • Invite local experts from the Careers in Microbial Sciences Speaker Program to speak with their chapter.
  • Organize professional development workshops on scientific writing or presenting and communicating your science.
  • Host informational seminars using materials from ASM Careers to discuss next career steps, creating a CV and the job search process. 
  • Tour microbiology-related companies, such as local laboratories, hospitals, breweries, sewage treatment plans, wineries, etc.
  • Support primary and secondary science education by hosting (or judging) a science and technology fair. 

Your Benefits to Starting a Chapter: 

  • Expand your network by collaborating with students, faculty, industry, clinical laboratories and nonprofit organizations.
  • Develop leadership instincts.
  • Improve presentation skills.
  • Give back to your local community and support science through K-12 engagement.
  • Gain mentors outside of academic institutions.
  • Have an opportunity to write a proposal seeking financial support from ASM.
  • Recognition as an official part of ASM and a network of sister chapters throughout the world.

How to Start a Chapter: 

  • Draft a constitution for your group. 
  • Seek initial sponsorship from your university. Universities have various requirements for forming on campus groups. Consult your student affairs department to make sure you are in compliance with your institution. 
  • Select a faculty advisor who is a current member of ASM. 
  • Draft an action plan of activities your chapter would like to accomplish in the current calendar year. 
  • Ask your local branch or ambassador for sponsorship. Contact the ASM Branch in your area or local ambassador to request sponsorship to become an ASM-recognized student and postdoctoral chapter. Enclose a copy of your constitution and action plan for review. 
  • Submit an application to with:
    • Your drafted constitution.
    • Letter or email of approval from your faculty advisor (who is an ASM member).
    • Letter or email of support from your local ASM Branch or ASM Ambassador.
    • List of names and contact information of executive board members. 
  • ASM will review your application and contact you when your chapter is provisionally approved. Your chapter will be officially approved by the ASM Board of Directors at the next ASM Microbe meeting. 
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Where We Work

ASM student and postdoctoral chapters are for students and postdocs interested in microbiology at their local university. Find one near you or start a chapter at your university.

International ASM Student and Postdoctoral Chapters


Yerevan State University
Yerevan, Armenia
Faculty Advisor: Anna Poladyan;


University of Rajshahi
Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Faculty Advisor: Imtiaj Hasan,;

University of Chittagong
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Faculty Advisor: Md. Zobaidul Alam;


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Faculty Advisor: Tatiana Pinto;

Universidade Federal Fluminense
Niterói, Brazil
Faculty Advisor: Rachel Leite Ribeiro


University of Yaounde 1
Yaounde, Cameroon
Faculty Advisor: Sado Sylvian

University of Buea
South West Province, Cameroon
Faculty Advisor: Jane-Francis Okoachere


Universidad del Quindio
Quindío, Colombia
Faculty Advisor: Jorge E. Gomez-Marin;


Mansoura University
Mansoura, Egypt
Faculty Advisor: Alaa Aboelnour Elmoursi 

El Salvador

Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado
San Salvador, El Salvador
Faculty Advisor: Mario Romero;


University of Energy and Natural Resources
Sunyani, Ghana
Faculty Advisor: Kenneth Bentum Otabil; 


Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC)
Faculty Advisor: Silvana Melini


Madurai Kamaraj University
Madurai, India
Faculty Advisor: P. Varalakshmi;


University of the West Indies
Mona, Jamaica
Faculty Advisor: Paul Brown and Stacy Stephenson-Clarke;


Universidad de Guadalajara
ASM Capítulo Estudiantil Mexicano
Faculty Advisor: Pedro Martinez


Pokhara University
Pokhara, Nepal
Faculty Advisor: Suresh Jaiswal


Kwara State University (KWASU)
Kwara, Nigeria
Faculty Advisor: Muritala Bale;

Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU)
Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria
Faculty Advisor: Adebayo Olawande Osesusi

University of ilorin
llorin, Nigeria
Faculty Advisor: Mutiat B. Odebisi-Omokanye


Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University
Islamabad, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mustafeez Mujtaba Babar

University of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Imran Sajid;

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
Lahore, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shahzad Ali

Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology
Karachi, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Zeba Imran

Jinnah University for Women
Karachi, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Kashmala Zainab and Taqdees Malik;

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Lahore, Pakistan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Muhammad Asad Ali


Universidad Nacional de Asunción
Asunción, Paraguay
Faculty Advisor: Claudia Salinas


University of Santo Tomas
Santo Tomas, Philippines
Faculty Advisor: Nino Andree Caguimbal;

United Arab Emirates

Manipal Academy of Higher Education Dubai Campus
Dubai, UAE
Faculty Advisor: Faheem Syed Mohammed and Madhumitha Kedhari;


Central University of Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuala
Faculty Advisor: Daniela Lucía Mendoza Millan;
U.S. ASM Student and Postdoctoral Chapters


Alabama State University
Faculty Advisor: Qiana Matthews
Auburn University
Faculty Advisor: Mark Liles
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Faculty Advisor: Jessica Scoffield


University of Alaska
Faculty Advisor: Brandon Briggs


Grand Canyon University
Faculty Advisor: Galyna Kufryk

University of Arizona
Faculty Advisor: Scott Wilbur


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Roger Pechous


California Institute of Technology
Faculty Advisor: Jared Leadbetter

California State University, Chico
Faculty Advisor: Troy Cline
California State University, Northridge
Faculty Advisor: Gilberto Flores and Rachel Mackelprang;;

California State University, Los Angeles
Faculty Advisor: Edith Porter;
California State University, Sacramento
The Student Association of Laboratory Scientists
Faculty Advisor: Susanne Lindgren;
Sierra College
Faculty Advisor: Karen LeGrand
University of California, Berkeley
Microbial Biology Graduate Student Group
Faculty Advisor: Arash Komeili
University of California, Davis
Faculty Advisor: Miriam Martin;
University of California, Riverside
Faculty Advisor: Patrick Degnan;


Quinnipiac University
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Cuchara; Shawna Reed;
University of Connecticut, Storrs
Faculty Advisor: Patricia Rossi
University of Connecticut, Uconn Health
Faculty Advisor: David Banach; Lisa Chirch;

District of Columbia

Howard University
Faculty Advisor: Karl Thompson


Nova Southeastern University
Faculty Advisor: Julie Torruellas Garcia

Ponte Vedra High School
Faculty Advisor: Kathryn Kehoe
University of Florida
ASM Gators
Faculty Advisor: Kevin Lee; Monika Oli;


Georgia Tech
Faculty Advisor: Brian Hammer

University of Georgia, Athens
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Walker


University of Hawaii at Manoa
Faculty Advisor: David Carter;


Idaho State University
Faculty Advisor: Jack Shurley; Kristin Lane;

University of Idaho
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Fortunato


Chicago State University
Faculty Advisor: Nadeem Fazal;
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Faculty Advisor: Brenda Wilson


Ball State University
Faculty Advisor: John McKillip
Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Faculty Advisor: Jaiyanth Daniel;


Iowa State University
Microbiology Graduate Student Organization, Iowa State
Faculty Advisor: Melha Mellata and Nicholas Peters;
University of Iowa
Faculty Advisor: Mary Weber


University of Kansas
ASM Jayhawk
Faculty Advisor: Shelli Nauman


University of Kentucky
Faculty Advisor: Erin Garcia


Northwestern State University
Faculty Advisor: Christopher N. Lyles


University of Maine
Maine Society of Microbiology
Faculty Advisor: Robert Wheeler


Uniformed Services University
Faculty Advisor: George Liechti


University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Faculty Advisor: Kristen Deangelis


Michigan State University
Faculty Advisor: Jeannine Scott;


University of Minnesota
Faculty Advisor: Christian Mohr


Mississippi State University
Faculty Advisor: Justin Thornton;
Saint Louis University
Faculty Advisor: John Tavis


Missouri University of Science and Technology
Faculty Advisor: Melanie Mormile and Dave Westenberg;

Saint Louis University
Faculty Advisor: John Tavis


Montana State University
Faculty Advisor: Frank Stewart; Eric Boyd;


University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Faculty Advisor: Eduardo Robleto;
University of Nevada, Reno
Faculty Advisor: Deanna Colton;;

New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Faculty Advisor: Max Haggblom

New York 

Binghamton University
Faculty Advisor: Caitlin Light;
University at Albany, School of Public Health
Eastern New York ASM Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Nicole Shakerly;

North Carolina

North Carolina State University
Faculty Advisor: Mike Taveirne and Alice Lee;;

North Dakota 

North Dakota State University
Faculty Advisor: Danielle Condry


Bowling Green University
Faculty Advisor: Hans Wildschutte
Miami University
Faculty Advisor: Alan F. Strautman
Ohio Wesleyan
Faculty Advisor: Laura Tuhela-Reuning
Otterbein University
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Bennett


Oregon State University
Faculty Advisor: Linda Bruslind;


Drexel University College of Medicine
Eastern Pennsylvania Branch Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Sunny Shin;
Duquesne University
Faculty Advisor: Wook Kim
Pennsylvania State University
Faculty Advisor: Tim Miyashiro
West Chester University
Faculty Advisor: John M. Pisciotta;

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico, Humacao
Capitulo de Estudiantes de Microbiologia (CEM)
Faculty Advisor: Mario Ortiz;
University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus at San Juan
Faculty Advisor: Yisel M. Cantres Rosario;

South Carolina 

Clemson University
Faculty Advisor: Harry D. Kurtz
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Faculty Advisor: Steven Fiester
University of South Carolina Upstate and Furman University
Upstate of SC Chapter of ASM
Faculty Advisor: Ginny Webb and Min-Ken Liao;

South Dakota 

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
ASM-SD Bioindustry Accelerator and Innovation Hub
Faculty Advisor: Rajesh Sani and Kelsey Gilcrease;


Vanderbilt University
Faculty Advisor: Ann Tate
East Tennessee State University
Faculty Advisor: Sean Fox and Dara Young;
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Faculty Advisor: Gary LeCleir


Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Faculty Advisor: Heidi Kaplan;
St. Edward’s University
Faculty Advisor: Patricia Baynham and Claire Edwards;
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas
Faculty Advisor: Robert Mclean and Kelly Woytek;

Texas Tech University
Faculty Advisor: Catherine Wakeman
Texas Woman's University
Faculty Advisor: Laura Hanson;
University of Dallas
Faculty Advisor: William Cody
University of North Texas
UNT Society for Microbiology
Faculty Advisor: Lee Hughes
University of Texas at El Paso
Faculty Advisor: Rosa Maldonado;
University of Texas at San Antonio
Faculty Advisor: Soo Chan Lee;


Shenandoah Valley Chapter (BRCC/EMU/JMU)
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Baron
Virginia Commonwealth University
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Miller

Virginia Tech
Faculty Advisor: Ann Stevens


University of Washington
Faculty Advisor: Karen Thickman;

West Virginia

West Virginia University
Faculty Advisor: Meenal Elliott;


University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Faculty Advisor: Bonnie Jo Bratina and Marisa Barbknecht;
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Faculty Advisor: Garret Suen; Melissa Christopherson;
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Faculty Advisor: Ryan Newton and Sandra McLellan;