Merton Bernfield Memorial Award

About the Award

This award for postdocs and graduate students was established with member donations in memory of Merton Bernfield.

Award Details

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

INTENT TO APPLY

Between April 5 and April 26 please indicate your intent to nominate a candidate or self-apply for an award. Doing so will allow the Society to assess the number of anticipated applications and the diversity of the candidate pool.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications will be accepted between April 27 and June 30. 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.
  • An abstract submission at the Cell Bio Virtual 2021- An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting.

 


Intent to Apply Deadline: April 26, 2021

Deadline: June 30, 2021

Submit Intent to Apply

Award Winners

  • 2020—Michael Trinh
  • 2019—Veena Padmanaban
  • 2018—Kelsie Eichel
  • 2017—Lawrence Kazak
  • 2016—Kara McKinley
  • 2015—Shigeki Watanabe
  • 2014—Prasanna Satpute
  • 2013—Panteleimon Rompolas
  • 2012—Ting Chen and Gabriel Lander
  • 2011—Dylan Tyler Burnette
  • 2010—Hua Jin
  • 2009—Chad G. Pearson
  • 2008—Kenneth Campellone
  • 2007—Ethan Garner
  • 2006—Lloyd Trotman
  • 2005—Stephanie Gupton
  • 2004—Chun Han
  • 2003—Erik Dent
  • 2002—Christina Hull
  • 2001—Sarah South and James Wohlschlegel