About the American Society of Microbiology and the AAM

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American Society of Microbiology
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The founder of the Institute for System Genetics, Jef Boeke is a professor and director at the NYU Langone Medical Center. An experienced microbiology professor and researcher, Jef Boeke is also a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Founded in 1899, the American Society for Microbiology has almost 40,000 members across the globe. As the world’s largest single life science member organization, the ASM works to advocate for and further the microbial sciences through education, networking, and research. Open to students and both domestic and international professionals, the society’s programs include the American Academy of Microbiology, which recognizes excellence in the field.

Established in 1969 through the merger of the Academy’s Board of Governors and the Council of the ASM, the American Academy of Microbiology grants two dozen awards each year, including the ASM Lifetime Achievement Award and the Beckman-Coulter Young Investigator Award, among others. Sponsored by AbbVie, the ASM Lifetime Achievement Award is the society’s most prestigious honor. To be considered, experienced microbiology scientists must be nominated by two supporters and include a curriculum vitae with a list of the nominee’s publications.

On the other end of the experience spectrum, the Beckman-Coulter Young Investigator Award is open to developers and researchers engaged in the field but not necessarily dedicated to microbiology. In addition to two supporters and a thorough curriculum vitae, nominees must also be no more than five years out of their postdoctoral training.