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 at Cell Bio Virtual 2021- An Online ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Recipients will be presented a plaque and check following the conclusion of the meeting. Awardees will also be invited to speak in a Minisymposium.

Who is Eligible

ASCB members who are graduate students and postdocs. If you apply as a graduate student you must be enrolled as a graduate student at the time of the deadline.

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 , 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.
  • 1-page essay describing the applicants’ research and indicating how it exemplifies the spirit of Keith R. Porter’s contributions to cell biology.
  • 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.


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