Welcome to Denver, Colorado and the 24th American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)!

We are excited to have first-year and returning attendees from across the country and around the world come together in this interactive community focused on improving teaching and learning in the biological sciences. ASMCUE is known for its welcoming and collaborative environment; we hope that over the next few days you will connect with new colleagues in exciting and meaningful ways. We are proud to bring you an engaging program featuring scientific research and innovative teaching strategies.

We are excited to welcome four plenary speakers this year:
  • Andrew Hessel, Autodesk, Inc.
  • Sylvia Hurtado, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Sciences
  • Patricia Shields, University of Maryland, College Park and recipient of the 2017 ASM Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Se Jin Song, University of California, San Diego

Our program features several new and returning highlights:
  • Attend concurrent sessions focused on a wide variety of scientific, teaching and professional development topics including: diversity and inclusivity; community colleges; and workplace readiness.
  • Take advantage of the third annual Dissemination Station Resource Fair and learn about grant-funded and non-profit efforts to improve student learning and mentoring in the life sciences.
  • Enjoy refreshments, a sneak peak, and a meet-and-greet with film scientists and staff at HHMI Night at the Movies.
  • Explore poster sessions featuring original, inventive teaching approaches and biology education research and Microbrew sessions highlighting best practices in microbiology and biology education.
  • Show your institutional pride by wearing your school gear on college and university spirit day and represent your community on identify your community day.

Thank you to our local steering committee, Jennifer McLean, Caroline Kulesza, and Heidi Smith and to our committee member-at-large Bryan Dewsbury. Thank you to the ASM staff for all they have done from putting together the location and the program to making sure everything runs smoothly throughout the conference. We hope that you will take a moment over the next few days to thank them for all of their excellent work!

ASMCUE offers so many opportunities to connect with colleagues and engage with new content and ideas. This is a community rich with ideas, energy, and enthusiasm for teaching and learning; we hope that you will leave CUE not only having learned something new, but having shared something as well. Thank you for being here and being part of our community—looking forward to an exciting ASMCUE 2017!

Amy Siegesmund, Chair, ASMCUE Steering Committee and Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Jeffrey Olimpo, Vice-Chair, ASMCUE Steering Committee and The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX