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American Society Of Microbiology, Texas Branch Elects SHSU President

Sept. 20, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney


Madhusudan Choudhary, associate professor of Biological Sciences and director of the EURECA center, has added another title before his name, as he has been elected president of the American Society of Microbiology, Texas branch. His term will be from 2019-2021.

Choudhar2The society’s mission is to advance the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources, while providing a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

“I am honored to have been elected out of many qualified people from renowned institutions,” Choudhary said. “I am a United States citizen but originally came from India, and I am humbled to have been given the space to serve society in this way.”

Choudhary has been active with the Texas branch and national branch for the last 12 years and has many goals for his new position including increasing the number of undergraduate students involved. Currently, there are five active faculty and approximately 20 students participate each year.

His goals as President of the Texas ASM will be to:

1) Expand membership from more comprehensive universities and two-year institutions like community colleges across Texas. 

2) Strengthening and developing various teaching pedagogies for the microbiology courses for basic and clinical microbiology.

3) Involve more new faculty members on the leadership team.

4) Involve more faculty members for the shared governance of the society's tasks.

5) Establish undergraduate research awards to promote undergraduate research.

Texas ASM is open those interested in the science of microbiology and its diverse roles in areas such as the environment, ecology, health and medicine. 

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