Preliminary Program

24th Annual ASM
Conference for Undergraduate Educators
July 27-30, 2017
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Denver, Colorado

Submit a Session Proposal for ASMCUE 2017 - Deadline: November 7, 2016

Each year, the ASMCUE Steering Committee solicits and reviews session and pre-conference workshop proposals for consideration.  If you have an idea for a session or workshop and would like to present, please submit a proposal by Monday, November 7, 2016.  The Conference Steering Committee will review proposals and issue invitations to accepted presenters in January 2017.

Submit an ASMCUE 2017 Session Proposal 

Dissemination Station Resource Fair 

Are you a member of an NSF RCN-UBE community and want to share your networks’ accomplishments and future plans? Does your institution have a grant that brings together STEM educators to improve student learning? Are you a non-profit leading efforts to improve mentoring in the life sciences?  If so, ASMCUE has the venue for you to find or exchange information and resources relevant to your work as educators.

The ASMCUE “Dissemination Station Resource Fair” features tables from grant-funded programs and non-profit organizations. Interested in reserving a table? Here's what you need to know:

  • The Resource Fair will be held Friday, July 28, 2017 from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
  • There is no reservation fee, but presenters must be registered for ASMCUE to request a table.
  • Tables must have a representative present for the full duration of the session.
  • Materials and services may NOT be offered for sale or promoted for sale during the Fair. 

Most grantors want you to identify ways you have “disseminated” your projects and findings to a broader audience. This is your chance! Please reserve your table in advance by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information will be distributed in June 2017 to those who have reserved a table.

Networking Sessions

Sharing Issues, Finding Local Support, and More
One of the top reasons attendees give for attending ASMCUE is the opportunity to network with fellow educators. Meals at the Conference are intentionally served as a group to allow a time and place for this important networking to occur. This year, the three breakfast meals have been organized to maximize attendee interaction.

Friday - Breakfast by Topical Areas
Several issues have been identified by the Steering Committee such as implementing the lab safety guidelines, community colleges issues, online teaching, Meet the JMBE Board, curriculum guidelines, and more.  If you have a topic for an interest group, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday - Breakfast by Location
ASM's supports thirty-five Branches organized by geographical territories that are defined by one or more states and/or zip code areas. On site, attendees will receive information about their branch and region and be encouraged to meet others in the same vicinity. International attendees will have an opportunity to meet as well.

Microbrew Session: Fermenting Ideas for Successful Teaching Strategies in Microbiology

These sessions provide a forum for attendees to share ideas and thoughts on best practices in microbiology and biology education. Oral presenters are selected from attendees submitting abstracts for consideration in the Microbrew categories and give 15 minute "lightning talks" in which they share their activity.

Poster Presentation Session

The poster abstracts are organized by both content and pedagogy. The content themes are evolution, cell structure and function, metabolic pathways, information flow and genetics, microbial systems, and impact of microorganisms. For the purposes of ASMCUE, a seventh concept, advancing STEM education and research has been added to the abstract in order to identify authors working in this broader-scoped area. The pedagogy themes are organized into five categories: course design, hands-on projects, student learning, teaching approaches, and teaching tools.