Mentoring Keynote

About the Award

The Mentoring Keynote Lecture is given to an individual who exemplifies mentoring by their impact on the training of scientists and scholars who belong to underrepresented groups, particularly racial and ethnic minorities. The awardee is selected by the ASCB MAC. Note: Current members of the MAC are not eligible.

Award Details

The winner is presented a plaque and will deliver the Mentoring Keynote at Cell Bio Virtual 2021-An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Allowable expenses are covered by a grant from the NIH.

Who is Eligible

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 , 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.


All Recent Awardee Photos

Award Winners

  • 2021—Beronda Montgomery
  • 2020—MariaElena B. Zavala
  • 2019—David Asai
  • 2017—Isiah M. Warner
  • 2016—Tracy L. Johnson
  • 2015—JoAnn Trejo
  • 2014—Renato Aguilera
  • 2013—Lovell P. Jones
  • 2012—Winston Anderson
  • 2011—James H. Wyche
  • 2010—Isiah M. Warner
  • 2009—Lydia Villa-Komarof
  • 2008—Clifton Poodry
  • 2007—Elma Gonzalez