Awards & Honors: American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Awards

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) invites nominations for its annual awards program. These awards recognize scientists for extraordinary contributions to the field of cell biology, and are presented at the ASCB Annual Meeting every December.

The following awards are considered Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).


Link: http://www.ascb.org/ascb-call-for-award-nominations/

Early Career Life Scientist Award

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Who is Eligible: An outstanding scientist who has served as an independent investigator for no more than seven years as of April 1.
  • How to Apply: Provide a nominating package that includes a CV, brief research statement, nominating letter, and no more than three letters of support (at least one of which must come from outside the nominee’s institution). Nominators and self-nominators must be ASCB members. (Electronic submission here. Direct questions to Christina Szalinski.)
  • Awards: The winner is presented a plaque and a monetary prize and will speak in a Minisymposium at the Annual Meeting. Expenses to attend the Annual Meeting are paid.

 E.B. Wilson Medal

  • Deadline: April 1
  • Summary: The ASCB’s highest honor for science, the E.B. Wilson Medal is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science.
  • Who is Eligible: An individual who has demonstrated significant and far-reaching contributions to cell biology over a lifetime in science. Nominators must be ASCB members, but the candidate need not be.
  • How to Apply: Provide a letter of nomination, the candidate’s CV, and no fewer than three, and no more than five, letters of support. (Electronic submission preferred to Azra Chughtai.)
  • Awards: The winner of the ASCB’s highest honor for science gives the E.B. Wilson Lecture at the Annual Meeting and receives the E.B. Wilson Medal. Expenses to attend the Annual Meeting are paid.

 E.E. Just Lecture Award

  • Deadline: May 1
  • Summary: Presented by the Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) at the ASCB Annual Meeting to memorialize early 20th-century biologist E. E. Just and to recognize outstanding scientific achievement by a minority scientist. The Awardee is selected by the ASCB MAC.
  • Who is Eligible: A minority scientist who has demonstrated outstanding scientific achievement. Nominators and self-nominators must be ASCB members, but the candidate need not be.
  • How to Apply: Provide a nomination package that includes a CV and a letter describing the nominee’s scientific achievement and mentoring support of underrepresented minority students and scientists. (Electronic submission preferred to Desirée Salazar.)

Merton Bernfield Memorial Award

  • Deadline: July 15
  • Summary: The Award was established with member donations in memory of Merton Bernfield. The winner will be selected on merit, will be invited to speak in an Annual Meeting Minisymposium, and will receive financial support to attend the meeting.
  • Who is Eligible: An outstanding graduate student or postdoctoral fellow (at the time of nomination) who has excelled in research.
  • How to Apply: The student or postdoc or his or her advisor should submit a one-page research statement, a CV (including list of publications), a copy of the abstract submitted to the current year’s Annual Meeting, and the advisor’s letter of recommendation. Postdocs may also submit the recommendation of their graduate student advisor. Duplicate applications from graduate students may be submitted for the Gilula and Bernfield Memorial Awards. Nominators and self-nominators must be ASCB members. (Apply here. Questions? Email Christina Szalinski.)
  • Awards: The winner is presented a plaque, is given financial support, and will speak at a Minisymposium at the Annual Meeting. Expenses to attend the Annual Meeting are paid.

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