Women in Cell Biology Awards

About the Award

WICB Junior Award for Excellence in Research

A woman in an early stage of her career (within seven years of appointment to an independent position at the nomination deadline) who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, is developing a strong independent research program, and exhibits the potential for continuing at a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.

  • Provide a letter of nomination, a full-length CV, and up to three letters of support, including at least one from outside the nominee’s institution.
  • The winner is presented a plaque and $1,000 and will speak in a Minisymposium at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting. Meeting registration, economy airfare, up to 4 nights hotel, and up to 4 days per diem are paid.

WICB Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Research

A woman at the mid-career level (7-15 years in an independent position at the nomination deadline) who has demonstrated a track record of exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology and/or has effectively translated cell biology across disciplines, and who exemplifies a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.

  • Provide a letter of nomination, a full-length CV, and up to three letters of support, including at least one from outside the nominee’s institution.
  • The winner is presented a plaque and $1,000 and will speak in a Minisymposium at the ASCB/EMBO Meeting. Meeting registration, economy airfare, and up to 3 nights hotel are paid.

The Sandra K. Masur Senior Leadership Award

A woman or man at a later career stage (generally full professor or equivalent) whose outstanding scientific achievements are coupled with a record of active leadership in mentoring both men and women in scientific careers.

  • Provide a letter of nomination highlighting scientific achievements as well as examples of leadership and mentoring, a full-length CV, and up to five letters of support. At least one letter must come from outside the nominee’s institution, and two must be from current or former mentees of the nominee. Letters should include specifics of the nominee’s mentoring history.
  • The winner is presented with a plaque and $1,000. Meeting registration, economy airfare, and up to 3 nights hotel are paid.

Who is Eligible

Candidates may be nominated more than once, and members of the WICB Committee are not eligible. Nominees do not need to be ASCB members. Nominators and self-nominators 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

Deadline: May 15, 2019

Award Winners

  • 2019—Sabine Petry - Junior
  • 2019—Coleen T. Murphy - Mid-Career
  • 2019—Rong Li - Senior
  • 2018—Eva Nogales - Senior
  • 2018—Elizabeth H. Chen - Mid-Career
  • 2018—Sophie Dumont - Junior
  • 2017—Harvey F. Lodish - Senior
  • 2017—Karen Oegema - Mid-Career
  • 2017—Julie Canman - Junior
  • 2016—Susan Gerbi - Senior
  • 2016—Tricia Serio - Mid-Career
  • 2016—Barbara Mellone - Junior
  • 2015—Angelika Amon - Senior
  • 2015—Amy S. Gladfelter - Mid-Career
  • 2015—Mihaela Serpe - Junior
  • 2014—Sandra L. Schmid - Senior
  • 2014—Valerie Weaver - Mid-Career
  • 2014—Valentina Greco - Junior
  • 2013—Lucille Shapiro - Senior
  • 2013—Elizabeth A. Miller - Mid-Career
  • 2013—Samara Reck-Peterson - Junior
  • 2012—Marianne Bronner - Senior
  • 2012—Sophie G. Martin - Junior
  • 2011—Susan Rae Wente - Senior
  • 2011—Melissa May Rolls - Junior
  • 2010—Zena Werb - Senior
  • 2010—Magdalena Bezanilla - Junior
  • 2009—Janet Rossant - Senior
  • 2009—Yukiko M. Yamashita - Junior
  • 2008—Fiona Watt - Senior
  • 2008—Coleen Murphy - Junior
  • 2007—Frances Brodsky - Senior
  • 2007—Christine Jacobs-Wagner - Junior
  • 2006—Joseph Gall - Senior
  • 2006—Suzanne Eaton - Junior
  • 2006—Karen Oegema - Junior
  • 2005—Elizabeth Blackburn - Senior
  • 2005—Rebecca Heald - Junior
  • 2004—Susan Lindquist - Senior
  • 2004—Inke Nathke - Junior
  • 2003—Philip Stahl - Senior
  • 2003—Claire Walczak - Junior
  • 2002—Natasha Raikhel - Senior
  • 2002—Clare Waterman-Storer - Junior
  • 2001—Joan Brugge - Senior
  • 2001—Laura Machesky - Junior
  • 2000—Shirley Tilghman - Senior
  • 2000—Linda Hicke - Junior
  • 1999—Ursula Goodenough - Senior
  • 1999—Yixian Zheng - Junior
  • 1998—Christine Guthrie - Senior
  • 1998—Daphne Preuss - Junior
  • 1997—Elaine Fuchs - Senior
  • 1997—Lorraine Pillus - Junior
  • 1996—Sarah C. R. Elgin - Senior
  • 1996—Susan L. Forsburg - Junior
  • 1995—Virginia Zakian - Senior
  • 1995—Trina Schroer - Junior
  • 1994—Ann Hubbard - Senior
  • 1994—Julie Theriot - Junior
  • 1993—Mina Bissell - Senior
  • 1993—Cory Abate - Junior
  • 1992—Helen Blau - Senior
  • 1992—Kathy Foltz - Junior
  • 1991—Hynda Kleinman - Senior
  • 1991—Alison Adams - Junior
  • 1991—Elizabeth Taparowsky - Junior
  • 1990—Dorothea Wilson - Senior
  • 1990—Rosemary Simpson - Senior
  • 1990—Sandra Schmid - Junior
  • 1989—Dorothy Bainton - Senior
  • 1989—Jeanne Lawrence - Junior
  • 1987—Dorothy M. Skinner - Senior
  • 1987—Vassie Ware - Junior
  • 1986—Mary Clutter - Senior
  • 1986—Mary Beckerle - Junior