About the Award
This award for postdocs and graduate students was established with member donations in memory of Merton Bernfield.
The winner will speak at a Minisymposium at Cell Bio Virtual 2021- An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting and will be presented a plaque and $1,000 check following the conclusion of the meeting. Meeting registration will be paid if the winner is a nonmember.
Who is Eligible
An outstanding graduate student or postdoctoral fellow (at the time of nomination) who has excelled in research. Nominators and nominees must be ASCB members.
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.
- An abstract submission at the Cell Bio Virtual 2021- An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting.