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ASM's Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF)

The Program
The goal of the Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF) program is to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research with an ASM member at a host institution, and present research results at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and the ASM General Meeting.

Students will:
  • Agree to participate in an undergraduate summer research program at a U.S. based institution
  • Conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2010
  • Work with a faculty mentor who is an ASM member
  • Submit a research abstract to the 2010 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  • Submit a research abstract to ASM for presentation at the 2011 ASM General Meeting.

Students decide the institution, research area, and level of activity for the summer. Based on interests, independence, and ability, students will be placed at a host U.S. Institution of the student's choice to conduct basic science research. 

From a list provided on the application, students interested in conducting research at a host institution will select three institutions where they would like to conduct their summer research. Every effort will be made to place fellows at their first choice. Fellows will conduct research for a period of 10-12 weeks. In most cases, the student will be the only ASM fellow at that institution and will become a participant of a larger summer program already in existence at the institution. Opportunities will be available for the fellow to participate in activities established by the host institution (i.e. poster presentations, journal clubs, social activities, etc.) Summer activities vary at each institution.

Eligible student candidates for the fellowship must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant's institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences. The ASM encourages institutions to identify individuals that have been historically underrepresented, and remain underrepresented today in the microbiological sciences nationally. These groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

In addition, applicants must also:

  • Be U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Be enrolled as full-time matriculating undergraduate students during the 2010-2011 academic year at an accredited U.S. institution
  • Be either freshmen with college level research experience, sophomores, juniors, or seniors who will not graduate before the completion date of the summer program
  • Be members of an underrepresented group in microbiology
  • Have taken introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and preferably microbiology prior to submission of the application
  • Have strong interests in obtaining a Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. in the microbiological sciences, and
  • Have lab research experience.
The MURF program is supported by funds provided by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

The program provides a total funding of up to $6,000.
  • Up to $3,500 for student stipend
  • Up to $1000 for student lodging
  • Up to $500 for roundtrip travel to the host institution (if applicable) 
  • Two-year ASM student membership
  • Up to $1,000 in travel support to attend 2011 ASM General Meeting.

Travel support will be provided for students who will present the results of their research project at the 2011 ASM General Meeting. Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for the General Meeting.

Criteria of Selection
Student applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • Academic achievement
  • Achievement with previous research experiences or independent projects
  • Commitment to research
  • Career goals as a research scientist
  • Personal motivation to participate in the program
  • Willingness to conduct summer research with an ASM member at a sponsoring U.S institution
  • Leadership skills
  • Involvement in activities that serve the needs of underrepresented groups.
February 1st
The online application is currently unavailable.
For more information, contact:
Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Education Board
American Society for Microbiology
1752 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-942-9283/Fax: 202-942-9329