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WICB Awards

  1. WICB Junior Award for Excellence in Research—a woman in an early stage of her career (within six years of appointment to an independent position at the nomination deadline) who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, is developing a strong independent research program, and exhibits the potential for continuing at a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.


    Provide a letter of nomination, a CV, and up to three letters of support, including at least one from outside the nominee's institution.

  2. WICB Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Research—a woman at the mid-career level (7-15 years in an independent position at the nomination deadline) who has demonstrated a track record of exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology and/or has effectively translated cell biology across disciplines, and who exemplifies a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.


    Provide a letter of nomination, a CV, and up to three letters of support, including at least one from outside the nominee's institution.

  3. WICB Senior Leadership Award—a woman or man at a later career stage (generally full professor or equivalent) whose outstanding scientific achievements are coupled with a record of active leadership in mentoring both men and women in scientific careers.


    Provide a letter of nomination highlighting scientific achievements as well as examples of leadership and mentoring, a CV, and up to five letters of support. At least one letter must come from outside the nominee's institution, and two must be from current or former mentees of the nominee. Letters should include specifics of the nominee's mentoring history.

Each winner is presented with an honorarium and a plaque at the ASCB Annual Meeting. Expenses to attend the Annual Meeting are paid. Please note that candidates may be nominated more than once, and members of the WICB Committee are not eligible. Nominators must be ASCB members.

Deadline is April 1 (electronic submission only; please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

Past WICB Career Recognition - Awardees

Year   Senior Mid-Career Junior
2014 Sandra L. Schmid Valerie Weaver Valentina Greco
2013 Lucille Shapiro Elizabeth A. Miller Samara Reck-Peterson
2012 Marianne Bronner   Sophie G. Martin
2011 Susan Rae Wente   Melissa May Rolls
2010 Zena Werb   Magdalena Bezanilla
2009 Janet Rossant   Yukiko M. Yamashita,
2008 Fiona Watt   Coleen Murphy
2007 Frances Brodsky   Christine Jacobs-Wagner
2006 Joseph Gall   Suzanne Eaton
Karen Oegema
2005 Elizabeth Blackburn   Rebecca Heald
2004 Susan Lindquist   Inke Nathke
2003 Philip Stahl   Claire Walczak
2002 Natasha Raikhel   Clare Waterman-Storer
2001 Joan Brugge   Laura Machesky
2000 Shirley Tilghman   Linda Hicke
1999 Ursula Goodenough   Yixian Zheng
1998 Christine Guthrie   Daphne Preuss
1997 Elaine Fuchs   Lorraine Pillus
1996 Sarah C. R. Elgin   Susan L. Forsburg
1995 Virginia Zakian   Trina Schroer
1994 Ann Hubbard   Julie Theriot
1993 Mina Bissell   Cory Abate
1992 Helen Blau   Kathy Foltz
1991 Hynda Kleinman   Alison Adams
Elizabeth Taparowsky
1990 Dorothea Wilson
Rosemary Simpson
  Sandra Schmid
1989 Dorothy Bainton   Jeanne Lawrence
1988 No Awardees selected
1987 Dorothy M. Skinner   Vassie Ware
1986 Mary Clutter   Mary Beckerle

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