About the Award
This award for postdocs and graduate students was established with member donations in memory of Merton Bernfield.
The winner will give a Minisymposium talk and will receive complimentary registration to Cell Bio 2023 ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Recipients will also be presented with a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium following the conclusion of the meeting.
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.
- 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
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.
- Abstract submission to Cell Bio 2023 ASCB|EMBO Meeting
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 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.