SPC Professor Named Microbial Sciences Council Member

Professor Shannon examining a microscope slide with a student.
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The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recently appointed St. Petersburg College Natural Science Professor Dr. Shannon McQuaig Ulrich a council member on ASM’s Council on Microbial Sciences.

The American Society for Microbiology is an organization made up of more than 30,000 scientists and health professionals who aim to promote and advance the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. About half of the international organization’s members are located outside the United States in 122 countries.

ASM’s new Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) represents Society members and serves as the key connection between ASM’s members and leaders. Ulrich said she wants to help develop innovative strategies to move ASM forward.

“I would like to like to see progress in opportunities for minorities and increased support for both faculty and students interested in research at primarily-teaching institutions,” she said.

Ulrich finished her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida, and her PhD in Biology with a concentration in Ecological and Environmental Microbiology from the University of South Florida. She began teaching at SPC in 2010.

After joining the ASM in 2000 as a freshman in college, Ulrich has served as a member and leader of the Florida branch, where she was president for two years, vice president for two years and secretary for two years. She said she is extremely honored to be elected for a three-year term to this national position.

“Attending the annual ASM meetings was one of the highlights of both my graduate and undergraduate careers,” she said. “I was able to share my research, receive vital feedback on my projects and network with microbiologists across the nation. I’m excited by the opportunity to work with the Council and ASM Board to broaden the outreach of ASM and encourage younger scientists to be involved in the Society.” 

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