2019 Annual Meeting

Hosted by Creighton University and University of Nebraska, OmahaJoint Meeting of the Missouri and Missouri Valley Branches of the American Society for MicrobiologyMarch 15-16, 2019

The Missouri branch and the Missouri Valley branch of the American Society for Microbiology invite scientists and students to their annual meeting on March 15-16, 2019 in Omaha, NE. The meeting will be hosted by Creighton University and the University of Nebraska, Omaha. The meeting will feature lectures by two ASM Distinguished Lecturers and several prominent local microbiology researchers and oral and poster presentations by students from the region. The meeting is a great venue for undergraduate and graduate student researchers to gain experience presenting their research. Students can give a short oral or a poster presentation at this meeting and awards will be given to the top presenters in different categories. This meeting also is an excellent opportunity for microbiologists from Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma to become acquainted. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting, and we encourage students to submit abstracts of their research.

2019 Branch Meeting Brochure

Schedule Overview (see full schedule below for more detailed information)

Download Program

  • Friday, March 15 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Invited speakers with dinner provided
  • Saturday, March 16 | 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Student presentations and invited speakers with lunch provided

Invited ASM Distinguished Speakers and their Topics

  • Cheryl Nickerson, Arizona State University: Vaccines
  • Aaron Best, Hope College: Course-based undergraduate research experience on bacteria in water

Abstracts for Student Presentation are due by Friday, February 22, 2019

Abstracts should be sent to Travis Bourret travisbourret@creighton.edu. Formatting instructions are included in the brochure. Questions: contact Travis Bourret at travisbourret@creighton.edu or 402-280-3750.

Registration: Due by March 8, 2019 for standard rate

Registration form

Registration costs

  1. Professional Branch Member; $50
  2. Professional Non-branch member: $65
  3. Graduate student: $5
  4. Undergraduate: $0 (but need to turn in must registration form)

Late Fee for Registration after 3/8: $5 for graduate students and $10 for professionals

See Registration Form for Payment Options

Questions: Contact Donald Rowen at drowen@unomaha.edu or 402-554-2143.


Friday night:
University of Nebraska, Omaha’s Allwine Hall and Milo Bail Student Center,
Mixer and Presentations will be in Allwine Hall 316 (just South of Student center)
Dinner will be in Milo Bail Student Center Food Court
6203 University Dr N, Omaha, NE 68132 (Google Map)
Parking: Park in the East Campus Garage
Map (see #11): View Parking map

Creighton University’s Mike and Josie Harper Center,
602 N. 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68178 (Google Map).
Driving Directions
Parking: Park south of the Harper Center


  1. Courtyard Omaha Downtown/Old Market Area 101 South 10th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68102. Can get tate is $129 per night for ASM meeting if booked by Feb. 22, 2019. Book for American Society of Microbiology
Abstract and schedule questions:

Travis Bourret

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Schedule Overview
Friday, March 15, 2019 At University of Nebraska Omaha, Allwine Hall 316
4:00-5:00 p.m. Mixer, Allwine Hall 316
5:00-5:15 p.m. Welcome, Allwine Hall 316
5:15–6:30 p.m. Dr. Elizabeth Rucks, UNMC
Dr. Maureen Donlin, St. Louis University
6:30–7:30 p.m. Dinner, Milo Bail Student Center Food court, 2nd flooor
7:30–8:45 p.m. ASM Distinguished Lecturer
Dr. Cheryl Nickerson, Arizona State University
8:45–9:00 p.m. Closing Announcements
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Creighton University, Harper Center
8:00-9:45 a.m. Coffee and rolls
Poster Session (Undergraduates & Graduate Students)
10:00-11:00 a.m. Oral Presentations I
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Oral Presentations II
12:00-1:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote speaker: Dr. Aaron Best
1:15-2:00 p.m. Selected Student Abstract Talks (15 min/ea)
Rob Todd, Creighton University
Radwa A. Hanafy, Oklahoma State University
Brianna Bullard, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2:00-3:00 p.m. Oral Presentations III
3:00-3:30 p.m. Dr. Matt Cabeen, Oklahoma State University
3:30-4:00 p.m. Dr. Kara De Leion, University of Missouri, Columbia
4:00-4:45 p.m. Students meet with Keynote speakers
Branch Business
4:45-5:00 p.m. Awards and Closing remarks

Missouri Valley branch Business

The officers of the Missouri Valley Branch have proposed amendments to the constitution of the Missouri Valley branch of ASM to get our constitution in line with recent changes at the national ASM and our current practices. We would like to vote on the proposed amendments at the meeting. The most recent constitution we could find was from 1969.

Download MV-ASM Constitution 1969 Download Constitution with Proposed Amendments 2019