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ASM Peggy Cotter Travel Award Program

The ASM Peggy Cotter Travel Award Program for Early Career Branch Members provides funds for outstanding early career DC Branch members to attend ASM Microbe.

ASM Microbe is in person for 2023 (June 15-19). We will be accepting applications
until Midnight, February 17, 2023.


The purpose of the ASM Peggy Cotter Travel Award Program for Early Career Branch Members is to allow more individuals in the local Branches to attend ASM Microbe and experience the first-class sessions in eight specialty science areas, cutting-edge research, career development activities and networking/ collaboration opportunities at the meeting. It is expected that the awardees will in turn share their ASM Microbe experiences with their colleagues, students, mentees, and fellow Branch members, thereby enthusing others to join ASM and attend ASM Microbe in future years.


  • Each Branch is eligible for 3 awards at $1650 each

  • The awards can only be used to pay for registration, accommodation and travel costs associated with attending ASM Microbe.

Applicant Criteria

  • All applicants must be participating members of the Washington D.C. Branch of ASM.

  • All awardees must be Postdoctoral, Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS, MT, MLT, MLS), Contributing, or Premium members of ASM (the national organization) at the time of application/nomination. Supporting, Emeritus, and Honorary members are not eligible for the award.

  • All applicants must be “early career”, which for the purposes of this award includes the following:

    • Postdoctoral fellows (up to 10-years beyond terminal degree)

    • Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS, MT, MLT, MLS) (up to 10-years beyond terminal degree)

    • Early Career Faculty (up to 10-years beyond terminal degree)

    • Early Stage Investigators (ESI’s) (up to 10-years beyond terminal degree)

    • NOTE: Students are NOT eligible for this award.

  • ​Past recipients of this travel award are NOT eligible to receive the award again.

  • An abstract submission to ASM microbe is not required for being eligible for the award.  If you do have an abstract submitted, please be sure to include that information though. 

Application Process

  • Submit a completed application form as a PDF via email to by Midnight, Feb. 17, 2023. No late applications will be accepted.

  • A complete application includes: 

    • Application Form​​​​

    • CV or Resume

    • A scan of your terminal degree transcript or diploma

    • Proof of Branch membership

  • Awardees will be announced on April 21, 2023 and at the ASM DC Branch Spring Meeting 2023. 

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Important Notes

  • Abstract submission to ASM Microbe is completely independent of the ASM Peggy Cotter Travel Award Program for Early Career Branch Members. Awardees will NOT be guaranteed a poster or oral presentation at ASM Microbe. Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts to ASM Microbe.

  • In the case that an awardee decides not to attend ASM Microbe, the Branch will select another applicant who meets the award criteria to use the funds to attend ASM Microbe.

  • Administration of Awards:

    • The DC Branch will identify up to 3 awardees, based on criteria established by the award program and the Branch.

    • ASM HQ will work directly with awardees to handle processing and distribution of funds.

    • Awardees will be responsible for paying any local, state and federal taxes associated with receipt of cash awards.

    • Federal and State government employees must check with their individual agencies to confirm whether they are permitted to accept cash awards prior to acceptance of any award.

  • Travel Arrangements:

    • Awardees will be responsible for registering for ASM Microbe and making all their own travel arrangements to attend the meeting.

    • The award funds will be distributed at or after ASM Microbe and are to be used to cover the expenses associated with attending the meeting (registration, travel, accommodation, meals, incidentals).

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