Student Association for Microbiology

New members are always welcome!! Experience not necessary, only interest.

The Student Association for Microbiology has been in existence for about 6 years and was formed as a way for microbiology students in the biology department at CMU to get to know one another better and promote communication among the microbiology students. Some of the most commonly asked questions about our group are:

1. What is the purpose of your organization?

The goals of the Student Association for Microbiology (SAM) are to promote research and education for undergraduates and graduates in microbiology related fields at CMU.

2. What are the strengths of your organization?

SAM is a unique organization, designed to be educational, enjoyable, and practical for its members and to promote microbiology in the Biology Department at Central Michigan University.

3. What will your organization do to help promote diversity on campus or in Mt. Pleasant?

SAM is a proponent for the dissemination of knowledge, and knowledge by its nature embraces diversity in all its incarnations.

4. Describe a goal that is important to your group?

SAM would like to host speakers that are professionally oriented with microbiology and related fields, and we aim to attend scientific conferences that address microbiological topics. We would also like to promote microbiology awareness on campus and in Mt. Pleasant.

Some of SAM's activities during 2003-2004:

  • Hosted pizza movie nights to raise awareness of microbiology on campus and to attract new members to the organization. The movies always had a microbiological theme (i.e. "Outbreak")
  • Fund raising
  • Participating student club in the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology
  • Sponsored several members of SAM to attend the 104th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in May 2004 in New Orleans, LA.

Executive Board: SAM will be electing new officers in Fall 2004

President: Erica Francis




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Faculty Advisors: Elizabeth Alm, Greg Colores, Joanne Dannenhoffer, and Philip Hertzler

Pictures of some of the SAM members: