Faculty Enhancement Program Travel Award

Application Deadline: March 14, 2016

Program Description
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) offers a faculty enhancement program to increase faculty's knowledge and skills in the microbiological sciences.  A second goal of the program is to increase participation from a larger group of biology faculty to work closely with ASM to improve undergraduate microbiology in the 21st century. 

The program supports faculty who are responsible for teaching microbiology at community colleges or institutions with significant numbers of minority students to become an ASM member and attend the annual ASMCUE®.  The award is a $750 travel subsidy presented upon completion of travel and submission of receipts for ASMCUE® travel, lodging, and/or registration expenses.  


Candidates must:  

  • Be an active ASM Member
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Teach an undergraduate microbiology course on a regular basis at an accredited institution of higher education
  • Have a full-time appointment at a 2 year college OR at a 4 year institution of higher education
  • Not be a recipient of substantial federal funding or any other ASM faculty enhancement or travel award
  • Be a first-time attendee to ASMCUE®

Criteria for Selection

Candidates should document or demonstrate:

  • Number and type of students who will benefit from this program
  • Number of years elapsed since applicant's formal training in microbiology
  • Commitment to improve teaching and to participate in education and outreach programs in the future
  • Leadership potential
  • Administration's commitment to further training, outreach, and leadership
  • Commitment to be involved in ASM

Application Procedure

Application Deadline is Monday, March 14, 2016.


Candidates must complete a short online form providing the following information: 

  • Contact information
  • General information
    • Have you received previous ASMCUE® Travel Awards?
    • If so, which award and what year(s)?
    • How did you hear about this program?
    • Gender
    • Ethnicity or racial background
    • Highest education level
    • Type of position you currently hold
    • The percentage of your professional activity dedicated to the following: Teaching, Research, Service, and Other (please specify)
    • The primary type(s) of students you teach
    • The primary delivery system you use for teaching
  • Educational history (degrees, dates, institutions)
  • List of previous experience working with students through teaching and/or outreach or teaching history for the last five years (institution, names of courses, dates, enrollment)
  • List of professional memberships held in the last five years
  • List your current (since 2012) research activities including presentations, publications, grants and awards
  • Describe your leadership roles in educational, professional, and community activities (Limit response to 150 words)
  • Describe the challenges you face in remaining current in microbiology and microbiology education (Limit response to 150 words)
  • Describe your teaching philosophy or current approach to teaching (Limit response to 150 words)
  • Describe what you hope to gain by participating in ASMCUE® and how the conference will benefit you, your students, and your institution (Limit response to 150 words)
  • Describe your access to campus-based and/or other funding sources
  • Percent of campus student population from underrepresented groups
  • What is the proportion (%) of students at your institution eligible for Pell Grants?
  • Describe your institution, indicating size, geographic location (urban or rural) and the makeup of the student and faculty populations (Limit response to 150 words)

Applicants should complete all sections of the online ASMCUE® 2016: Travel Award Application (COMING SOON!) by 11:59 PST on March 14, 2016. The online form must be completed in one sitting so please prepare your answers prior to completing the form. The process may NOT be started, saved and returned to at a later time.


A letter of recommendation from your department chair or dean addressing your commitment to education and the institution's commitment to your participation in this program must be provided. The letter must originate from the advocate's e-mail account. Send the support letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.