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 Cell Bio Virtual 2020- An Online ASCB|EMBO 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.
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
Provide a nomination package that includes a letter of nomination or self-nomination; one letter of reference (if a nomination) or two letters of reference (if self-nomination) that describes the nominee’s contributions to inclusion that have increased diversity; and a CV, resume, or brief bio that highlights career accomplishments. Candidates may be nominated more than once.