Announcing 2020 ASM Award Winners

The 2020 American Society for Microbiology awards in research, education, and leadership have now been announced. ASM would like to congratulate all award winners for their achievements. The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the ASM, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. ASM appreciates the support of our Corporate Council, who sponsored these awards in part.

ASM Alice C. Evans Award for Advancement of Women

Recognizes outstanding contributions toward the full participation and advancement of women in the microbial sciences. This award is given in memory of Alice C. Evans, the first woman to be elected ASM President (elected in 1928).

  • Caitilyn Allen, PhD

ASM Award for Applied and Biotechnological Research

Recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements in the development of products, processes and technologies that have advanced the microbial sciences.

  • Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis, PhD

ASM Award for Basic Research

Recognizes an outstanding scientist whose discoveries have been fundamental to advancing our understanding of the microbial world.

  • Lora Hooper, PhD

ASM Award for Early Career Applied and Biotechnological Research

Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished research achievements in the development of products, processes and technologies that have advanced the microbial sciences.

  • Michelle O’Malley, PhD

ASM Award for Early Career Basic Research

Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished basic research achievements in the microbial sciences.

  • Philip Kranzusch, PhD

ASM Award for Early Career Environmental Research

Recognizes an early career investigator with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric settings.

  • Amy Apprill, PhD

ASM Award for Education

Recognizes general excellence in microbiology education. Education is broadly defined and meant to include any and all activities that inform and motivate students about the discipline of Microbiology.

  • Edith Porter, MD

ASM Award for Environmental Research

Recognizes an outstanding scientist with distinguished research achievements that have improved our understanding of microbes in the environment, including aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric settings.

  • Ronald Oremland, PhD

ASM Award for Research and Leadership in Clinical Microbiology

Recognizes an outstanding scientist/clinical microbiologist with distinguished research achievements, and a record of innovation and advancement of the Clinical Microbiology profession. This award represents the merging of the BD Research and Sonnenwirth Awards given annually since 1978 and 1986, respectively.

  • Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD

ASM Award for Service

Recognizes outstanding contributions through service to the microbiological community.

  • Christina Kellogg, PhD

ASM Carski Award

Recognizes an educator for outstanding teaching of microbiology to undergraduate students and for encouraging them to subsequent achievement.

  • David Westenberg, PhD

ASM D.C. White Award

Recognizes distinguished accomplishments in interdisciplinary research and mentoring in microbiology. This award honors D.C. White, who was known for his interdisciplinary scientific approach and for being a dedicated and inspiring mentor.

  • Richard Lenski, PhD

ASM Lifetime Achievement Award

ASM’s premier award for sustained contributions to the microbiological sciences.

  • Mary Estes, PhD

ASM Moselio Schaecter Award in Recognition of a Developing-Country Microbiologist

This award, named in honor of Professor Moselio Schaechter, former ASM President, recognizes a scientist who has shown exemplary leadership and commitment towards the substantial furthering of the profession of microbiology in research, education or technology in the developing world.

  • Armen Trchounian, PhD, DSc

ASM Scherago-Rubin Award for Clinical Microbiology

Recognizes an outstanding bench-level clinical microbiologist involved in routine diagnostic work that has distinguished her- or himself by excellent performance. The award was established by the late Sally Jo Rubin, an active member of ASM’s Clinical Microbiology Division, in honor of her grandfather, Professor Morris Scherago.

  • Violeta Rekasius, BS, MT (ASCP)

ASM William A. Hinton Award for Advancement of a Diverse Community of Microbiologists

Recognizes outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of minorities and in increasing diversity in microbiology. It is given in memory of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist, and one of the first African-Americans to join the ASM.

  • Gladys Alexandre, PhD

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