Now accepting applications and nominations for the Peggy Cotter Award for Early Career Microbiologists


The Peggy Cotter Award provides substantial financial support for the travel of early career microbiologists to the national ASM Microbe 2020 conference. Eligibility is limited to postdoctoral scholars, microbiology professionals and academic faculty who have received their doctoral degree within 10 years of March 1, 2020 (March 1, 2010).

Early Career Scientists seeking support for attendance and ASM Microbe should apply. We also appreciate the efforts of senior faculty to nominate junior colleagues for this award. Please forward a brief email regarding your nominees and their contact information to

Please submit your application by Feb 7, 2020 for full consideration for this award. Our branch can recommend three scientists for awards. Criteria for selection include mentoring activities that advance the next generation of microbiologists and allied scientists, outreach or extension activities that raise awareness of microbial sciences, research that advances microbial sciences (and presentation abstracts). The application process is brief, and can be completed using the below Google Form.

Join us in 2020 in Fargo-Moorhead!

Planning is underway for our 2020 meeting in Fargo-Moorhead on September 25-26, 2020 at the Memorial Union at NDSU. We are putting together our list of invited speakers and the conference dinner and hope to have more details available before the end of the school year.