About the Award
The purposes of this award are to honor early 20th century biologist Ernest Everett Just, who made seminal contributions to cell and developmental biology, and to recognize the outstanding scientific achievements of a U.S. researcher belonging to an historically excluded racial or ethnic group. For more information on the life and accomplishments of E.E. Just, please see a 2019 article by Professor W. Malcolm Byrnes of Howard University: https://doi.org/10.1002/mrd.23270. The E.E. Just awardee is selected by the ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC).
The E.E. Just Award is given annually, and the awardee presents the E.E. Just Lecture at Cell Bio Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting. The awardee receives a plaque and the E.E. Just medal.
Who is Eligible
Eligible individuals are U.S. researchers with outstanding scientific achievements who belong to racial or ethnic groups historically excluded from bioscience. Nominators and self-nominators must be ASCB members, but the candidate need not be. Current voting members of the MAC are not eligible.
Historically excluded racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. biomedical workforce include Black/African Americans, Latinx/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Alaska Natives and people indigenous to U.S. Pacific Island territories. In addition, the MAC recognizes that exclusion and under-representation are contextual. Therefore, the E.E. Just Award selection committee considers the nominator’s description of the nominee’s eligibility, which may include belonging to a group not mentioned above, but which is excluded or under-represented within the nominee’s own personal or professional context.
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 Anti-Harassment Policy and the Workforce Diversity Statement.
As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA https://sfdora.org/) , 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.
How to Apply
Applications are now closed. Award winners will be announced on September 1, 2021
- 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 your, or your nominee’s, achievements have contributed to the advancement of at least 3 of the 5 core elements of the ASCB mission statement, with one of the elements addressing the nature of this award.
- No more than 3 letters of support, none longer than 2 pages. At least one of the supporting letters must be from someone who is neither a collaborator, former trainee, nor mentor of the candidate; and who is at a different institution than the candidate.