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We are looking for new members to join the Microbial Ecology Section Leadership (04/13/2023)

If you’re interested in serving, please get in touch with Adriana or Lily

  • Secretary (3 year term – starts as secretary, then vice-chair, then chair) 

ESA ME Secretary | Secretary Responsibilities: The secretary will move into Vice-Chair and then Chair roles (3 year commitment). The secretary will work with the chair and vice chair to create member programming/activities; review applications for student travel awards; arrange information booths at annual meetings; manage the section budget; plan business meetings and mixers; and in general, promote microbial ecology within and outside ESA.

  • Grad student rep (2 year term) 

ESA ME Student Rep | Student Rep. Responsibilities: The student representative is a two-year position. The student rep serves as a liaison between us and the student section of ESA, so this person should be a member of both our section and the student section. They are expected to keep us informed about the student section activities and initiatives, and in turn to inform the student section about our call for student travel award applications and other microbial news that is relevant for students.


Microbial Ecology Section travel awards (04/13/2023)

Travel awards


This award is to support students to attend the ESA annual meeting. Funding is to assist with costs associated with registration, travel, and lodging.

We are offering two travel awards of $500 USD each.

  1. Eligibility requirements at the time of application:

    1. You must be an active (dues paid up) member of the ESA Microbial Ecology Section.

    2. You must attend the 2023 ESA meeting in-person in Portland.

    3. You must present a poster or talk at an ESA-scheduled session.

    4. You must be a full-time student, a postdoctoral scholar, a scientist working in industry, a post-bac student, or in-between positions.

To apply please fill in this form by May 15. Awardees will be notified on June 15. We will annonunce winners publicly in the Business Meeting of the Microbial Ecology Section in the annual meeting in Portland.