About the Award
ASCB’s Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity is an annual award recognizing one scientist who has a strong track record in research or serves a critical role in fostering cell biology research, and has demonstrated the importance of inclusion and diversity in science through mentoring, cultural change, outreach, or community service.
The award is made possible by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 to be used at awardee discretion to further inclusion activities; be featured in a video at the 2022 Cell Bio Meeting Keynote; be featured in an article in the ASCB Newsletter; and contribute an essay in MBoC.
Who is Eligible
A scientist who has a strong track record in research or a professional who serves a critical role in fostering cell biology and related life sciences research who has made an impact by encouraging a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment through mentoring, cultural change, outreach, or community service. The nominees do not have to be members of ASCB.
How to Apply
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Applications are closed for 2022. Award winners will be announced on September 1, 2022. 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 3 of the 5 core elements of the ASCB mission statement, with one of the elements addressing the nature of this award.
- 2 letters of support, neither 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.
The deadline to apply or nominate is May 16, 2022. Award winners will be announced on September 1, 2022
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.