Mentoring Keynote

About the Award

The Mentoring Keynote Lecture is given by an individual who exemplifies mentoring through their impact on the training of scientists and scholars who belong to underrepresented groups, particularly racial and ethnic minorities. The recipient is selected by the ASCB MAC.

Award Details

The winner receives a plaque, a $1,000 stipend, complimentary meeting registration, and will give the Mentoring Keynote at Cell Bio 2024.

Who is Eligible

Nominators and self-nominators must be ASCB members, but the candidate need not be. Current voting members of the MAC are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate’s history of mentoring impact and significant contributions to mentoring the next generation of URM/PEER scientists
  • Candidate’s strong history of funding to foster mentoring best practices, as appropriate to the nominee’s home institution
  • Candidate’s national/international recognition in science in his/her field
  • Candidate’s national/international recognition in mentoring of URM/PEERs in the sciences

How to Apply

Application deadline: Submissions are now closed for 2024.


Candidates may either self-apply or be nominated. If you are nominating another person please obtain all required documentation from the candidate prior to proceeding.

  1. A biosketch that follows the NIH (or similar format), no longer than 5 pages.
  2. A narrative statement of no more than 2 pages that describes the candidate’s qualifications for this award and their contributions to ASCB. The statement should be written by the candidate.
  3. Two letters of support, neither 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.  The letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in the Community Code of Conduct and Honorific Code of Conduct.

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Please Note

  1. ASCB wants to ensure that the pool of award candidates is as diverse and inclusive as possible. The demographic questions are for internal reporting only and are not viewable by award reviewers. The questions are not mandatory, however we would appreciate your responses so that we can assess our level of inclusivity.
  2. As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its awards. 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—Antentor Hinton
  • 2022—John Matsui
  • 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