ASCB honorific award might be the boost your career needs

ASCB honorific award

ASCB offers numerous honorific awards for every career stage. Most come with travel funds to attend the ASCB|EMBO meeting, as well as a speaking opportunity, while some offer cash. All awards would be prestigious additions to anyone’s CV. There’s something for everyone, so please consider applying. We want to honor our outstanding ASCB members!

Most of the award applications are due on May 15; two awards for grad students or postdocs must be turned in by July 15. Applying is simple. Current ASCB members can either self-nominate or nominate a colleague. There is even an award for individuals outside of the Society. Each award has slightly different submission requirements, so check the website for each one in the list below.

The following award applications are due by May 15:

Early Career Scientists

Early Career Life Scientist Award: Independent investigator for no more than seven years

WICB Junior Award for Excellence in Research: Woman within seven years of appointment to an independent position

Mid-Career Scientists

WICB Mid-Career Award for Excellence in Research: Woman with 7-15 years in an independent position

Established Scientists

ASCB Fellows: ASCB member for 10 of the last 15 years

E.B. Wilson Medal: Individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to cell biology over a lifetime

Sandra K. Masur Senior Leadership Award: Woman or man at a later career stage (generally full professor)

ASCB Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity: Scientist or professional with a strong track record in diversity and inclusion

Underrepresented Minorities

E.E. Just Lectureship: Individual who has demonstrated outstanding scientific achievement


Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education: Individual with innovative and sustained contributions to science education

Distinguished Nonmembers

Public Service Award: Outstanding national leadership in support of biomedical research

The following award applications are due by July 15:

Graduate Students and Postdocs

ASCB Porter Prizes for Research Excellence: Grad students and postdocs

Merton Bernfield Memorial Award: Grad students and postdocs

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. 

About the Author:

Thea Clarke is the Director of Communications and Education at the American Society for Cell Biology.