ASCB Award for Excellence in Research by a Historically Excluded Person (HEP)

About the Award

This award for excellence in research is presented to an early or mid-career ASCB member who self-identifies as a Historically Excluded Person (HEP)*. The recipient will be 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.

*ASCB defines a HEP as persons from the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, persons with disabilities, and persons in the LGBQTIA+ community.

Award Details

The winner will receive a $1,000 stipend, complimentary registration and abstract submission for Cell Bio 2024, and an invitation to speak at the meeting.

Who is Eligible

ASCB members who are categorized as a historically excluded person at the early (within 7 years of appointment) or mid-career (7-15 years in an independent position) level. Nominees must be ASCB members.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions to research in the field of cell biology.
  • Candidate’s contributions to achieving additional areas of the ASCB mission.
  • Candidate’s demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2024 award will be accepted April 15 through May 15.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: If you are nominating another person please obtain all required documentation from the candidate prior to proceeding.

  • A biosketch that follows the NIH (or similar format), no longer than 5 pages.
  • A narrative statement of no more than 2 pages that addresses how the candidate’s achievements have contributed to the advancement of at least 2 of the 5 core elements of the ASCB mission statement, with one of the elements addressing the nature of this award. The statement should be written by the candidate.
  • Two letters of support, neither longer than 2 pages.

Nominees for and recipients of ASCB honorific awards and prizes are expected to exemplify and to continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in ASCB’s Mission Statement, the Community Code of Conduct, the Honorific Code of Conduct and the Workforce Diversity Statement.

As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA, the ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its award candidates. The ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

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Award Winners

  • 2023—Damaris N. Lorenzo