ASCB Porter Prizes for Research Excellence

About the Award

One graduate student and one postdoctoral researcher will be selected on the basis of scientific excellence. In the spirit of Keith Porter, the emphasis will be on their individual contributions to the advancement of science and on the novelty and creativity of their findings. We are looking for discoveries that provide new ideas and new avenues for exploration in cell biology.

Criteria for the review of applications will focus on individual scientific excellence, and the creativity and novelty of the research described, distinguishing as best possible the contribution of the individual student or fellow from the overall track record of the lab.

These awards are made possible by the Porter Foundation.

Award Details

An award of $2,000 for outstanding predoctoral research and an award of $4,000 for outstanding postdoctoral research will be awarded annually at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting. Recipients will receive a plaque and will be invited to dinner with the Porter lecturer. Travel costs of up to $1,000 will be provided to each recipient to attend the meeting to receive their award. Awardees will be invited to speak in a Minisymposium.

Who is Eligible

Graduate students and postdocs

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 should include CV (including a list of publications) and a 1-page essay describing your research and indicating how it exemplifies the pioneering spirit of Keith R. Porter’s contributions to cell biology. Two letters of support are required. One letter can come from a thesis or postdoctoral mentor, and the second from a faculty member who is neither an advisor nor collaborator, but is someone either within or outside of your home institution who can speak to your interactions with the broader scientific community. You must also submit an abstract to the 2019 ASCB|EMBO Meeting by July 15.

Deadline: July 15, 2019