2013-2014 Fellows

Second Cohort Completes the ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program

Washington, DC (February 12, 2014) — The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is pleased to congratulate the second cohort  to complete the  ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program, a professional development initiative to prepare doctoral-trained graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists for science teaching positions at non-doctoral institutions (community colleges, minority-serving institutions, regional or state colleges, and primary undergraduate institutions). 

2013-2014 ASM Science Teaching Fellows

Crystal Austin

Ahmed Awad

Nandhakumar Balakrishnan

Yuka Bannai

Angela Berger

Robert Bone

Crystal Boudreaux

Alexander Boyden

Maria Burgos Garay

Stuart Cohen

Sarah Connolly

Anna Copeland

Georgina  Cox

Greetchen Diaz

Matthew Doherty

William Dowling

Robert Furler

Deborah Fusco

Amy Graham

Fiona Groninger-Poe

Ayesha Islam

Stephanie James

Alison Kernell Burke

Piyum Khatibi

Megan Kingsolver

Erica Kintz
Chelsea  Lloyd

Crystal Magle

Angeliki Marietou

Anita Marinelli

Osmarie Martinez-Guzman

Teresa Martinez-Torres

Maria Massimelli

Vanessa Michelou

Samir Moussa

Lauren O'Donnell

Athenia Oldham

Melissa Ramirez

Jed Rasmussen

Ines Rauschenbach

Desislava Raytcheva

Kelly Resmer

Felix Rivera-Mariani

Monica Rouco Molina

Mayukh Sarkar

Christopher Sedlacek

J. Megan Steinweg

Tricia Van Laar

Kim Van Vliet

Leah Vincent

Lacey Westphal

Linda Zane

Yan Zheng

Fifty-three Fellows took part in the 2013-2014 Science Teaching Fellows Program, a training experience that combined structured-mentoring with activities focused on four areas:

  • Teaching science to undergraduates
  • Curriculum and/or course design and assessment
  • Student-centered, active and engaged learning
  • Students as research collaborators

The activities followed an intensive format of webinars featuring in-depth discussions of concepts and best practices from experts; pre- and post-webinar assignments, including reading, skill-building, and reflection activities; and participation in an online community designed to share readings and resources and connect fellows with experts.

In 2011, this format was lauded in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action, a report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The report commended the ASM Education Board for establishing the format as a process that (i) helps participants maintain contact with program leadership and fellow participants and (ii) “may be much more successful in informing and supporting changes in teaching practices in biology departments.”

The ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program is managed by the ASM Education Board – a former Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mentoring in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education.

The ASM is the world’s largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.



2013-2014 ASM Science Teaching Fellows Program Steering Committee


Chair, Jennifer Bennett, Otterbein University
Patricia Baynham, St. Edwards University
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsboro Community College of the City College of New York
Lianna Etchberger, Utah State University
Boots Quimby, University of Maryland, College Park

ASM Education Board Liaisons:
Neil Baker, Ohio State University Emeritus (Chair, Education Board)
Laura Runyen-Janecky, University of Richmond (Member, ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education)