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We're CSULB's Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology! Approved by the American Society for Microbiology Council in 1975, we've been CSULB's largest society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences, virology, immunology, epidemiology, and public health for over 37 years! Come join us at our meetings every other Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in room PH1-223. You'll meet new people and make new friends! You don't need to be a microbiology major to be a part of SCASM; all you need is a passion for microbes! Food and refreshments are provided at most meetings.

Our Mission

1. We promote the advancement of microbiology students in education and future employment. Years of networking have allowed us to offer pertinent internships in the food industry, clinical labs and medical centers across southern California, and non-profit NGOs. Members who complete these internship get invaluable experience and are more competitive for graduate/medical/dental school.

2. To provide a full support system for all STEM students, and improve the retention and enrollment of students in microbiology and the sciences. Given the low retention rate of STEM majors and the perceived difficulty of STEM courses, we believe in the importance of actively engaging and encouraging the next generation of scientists to pursue their passion. By bringing microbiology and biology students together at meetings and out-of-school events, we're helping students build the crucial friendships and bonds that will support them throughout their undergraduate career. The scope of our attention isn't limited to students at CSULB, though. We are proud to have participated as reviewers in LBUSD's annual district-wide Science Fair in 2011 and 2010, where SCASM members met with over 1,000 students from kindergarten to 12th grade, reviewing all of their science projects and encouraging each student to further his or her interest in the sciences. 

3. To develop and participate in programs with the university, the American Society for Microbiology, and the industry which benefits students pursuing STEM degrees. We encourage students seeking a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. to apply for a Fellowship with the American Society of Microbiology, which offers 10 weeks of full-time research with an ASM member, the opportunity to present at the national 2013 ASM General Meeting, and up to $5000 through stipends and traveling grants. 

4. To provide a forum of exchange for information pertinent to the development of future scientific researchers, physicians, epidemiologists, clinical lab scientists, and other microbiological professionals. We host many social events at fun venues throughout the year, have a 24/7 online chat group, and weekly informal meetings mean our members keep each other informed about the latest developments in the field of microbiology. Additionally, with partial funding from ASI and the CNSM Student Council, as a member of SCASM, you will be invited to attend the Southern Californian American Society for Microbiology Annual Conferences in La Jolla, CA as well as the General Meeting of the National American Society for Microbiology in San Francisco, CA. These conferences are a great opportunity to meet and have lunch with hundreds of other students, industry representatives, clinical microbiologists, and renown researchers from around the world.

5. To develop opportunities that directly help populations most affected by infectious diseases. We believe in having an impact on our community both global and local. SCASM is planning volunteer trips to medical and dental clinics in Sinoloa, Mexico and the Salton Sea in the summer. If you're interested in getting a global perspective on medicine and clinical microbiology and in a completely new environment, SCASM is for you.

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To expose the different aspects of microbiology to students who have a desire to learn about science. We want our members to be aware of potential career opportunities in all fields of microbiology, including clinical, industrial, research and academics. In addition, we promote volunteering in our local and scientific communities. Goal is to ensure that each student is provided with all the resources to succeed in their field of study.


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