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Career Mentoring in Clinical Microbiology

Clinical Microbiology Mentoring Committee
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ASM 2017 New Tech Professional Development Grant Program
ASM Microbe 2017   June 1-5, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana

If you are a relatively new clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) or equivalent working in a clinical microbiology laboratory, are directly involved with bench work, have aspirations of doing more and possibly assume a leadership role, you may be eligible for an ASM $1,500 Professional Development Grant. The eligibility criteria are―

  • Worked as a clinical microbiologist for more than 1 and less than 5 years
  • Non-doctoral level professional
  • ASM member
  • Never attended an ASM General Meeting
  • Not presenting a poster or talk at the 2017 meeting

This grant is designed to inspire beginning non-doctoral level clinical microbiologists to get more engaged in our profession by attending the 2017 ASM Microbe meeting.  The award will be used for the meeting registration fee and to help defray travel expenses. During the meeting you will interact with a pre-assigned mentor, attend symposia, visit poster sessions, peruse industry-sponsored exhibits featuring the latest technological advances, have the opportunity to network with other new and “seasoned” microbiologists and learn more about the profession of microbiology.

It’s simple to apply― send the following (in an attachment) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 15, 2017―

1.   Recent resume that includes:

      • Your name, address, cell phone number, email address
      • Your educational background and year of graduation
      • Your complete work experience

     If you need help with resume preparation, please go to https://www.resume.com/builder.

2.   A brief summary (~500 words) explaining why you should be given a travel grant to attend the 2017 ASM Microbe Meeting

3.   Confirmation that if selected for a travel grant, you will attend at least two full days (June 2 and 3) of the meeting. Please discuss time off with your supervisor and consider travel time prior to applying.

4.   Confirmation that if selected for a travel grant, you will provide a brief summary (~100 words) of your experiences to ASM by August 1, 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified of their award by email by March 1, 2017.

To learn more about last year’s recipients, go to https://clinmicro.asm.org/index.php/explore-the-profession/careers-in-clinical-microbiology/476-inspiring-bench-scientist-careers-at-asm-microbe-2016.

If you have questions, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Funding was generously provided by Accelerate Diagnostics, Alpha-Tec Systems, COPAN Diagnostics, GenMark Diagnostics, Hardy Diagnostics, Luminex Corporation, Medical Chemical Corporation, Puritan Medical Products Company, Quest Diagnostics, TECHLAB, and TIB MOLBIOL.

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