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  C.W. Cotterman Awards
  ASHG/FASEB Minority Travel Award Program





ASHG Annual Awards


Congratulates to the 2013 recipients of the Society’s four prestigious prizes in human genetics:


  • William Allan Award: Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD, Johns Hopkins Univ.

  • Curt Stern Award: John Moran, PhD, Univ. of Michigan

  • Excellence in Human Genetics Education Award: Jessie Davis, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

  • Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award: Kurt Hirschhorn, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Rochelle Hirschhorn, MD, New York University Langone Medical Center

You can review the press releases by clicking HERE.


The 2013 ASHG Awards will be presented to this year’s recipients at the ASHG Annual Meeting on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. For descriptions of these Awards, and for a list of past recipients, please see the Awards Overview page on the ASHG website.



ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research

Deadline has passed.



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the finalists and




You must submit an abstract to apply for this award.


ASHG provides merit-based research awards for trainees (predoctoral and

postdoctoral, including genetic counseling trainees) on the basis of submitted, competitive abstracts presented at the 2013 Meeting.

Criteria: Nominees must: (1) be an ASHG member and not more than six years in postdoctoral training; (2) be the first author on a submitted abstract (to be considered, trainees must check the appropriate box when submitting their abstract); (3) supply the name and e-mail address of a nominator/mentor (the nominator must be an ASHG member and must be able to verify the trainee’s work). [Note: Trainee Award applications will be evaluated only after nomination by a mentor. Trainees may not nominate themselves.]

Review and Selection: During the review process, all abstracts will be scored by the Program Committee. Semifinalists (approximately 60 awards) will receive complimentary meeting registration plus $750. Finalists (approximately 15-20) will receive an additional $250 and will have their platform or poster presentations reviewed on-site by the Awards Committee to determine the winners. Winners (three predoc and three postdoc) will receive an additional $1,000.

Notification: Recipients of Trainee Research Awards will be notified in August 2013, and checks will be distributed on-site in Boston. Overall winners will be notified at the Annual Meeting, prior to the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 26th.

For questions, contact Michael Dougherty, Director of Education, at


C.W. Cotterman Awards


Each September, the editorial board of the American Journal of Human Genetics selects two articles that best represent outstanding contributions to the field of genetics. The two awards are presented for the best papers published in AJHG during the previous year on which the first author was either a pre- or postdoctoral trainee and is an ASHG member. The awards will be presented at the ASHG 2013 Annual Meeting with a monetary award of $1000 and a plaque. Past winners are listed on the ASHG website.   



ASHG/FASEB Minority Travel Awards Program

Deadline: August 30, 2013


The ASHG/FASEB-MARC Program will sponsor the ASHG 2013 Minority Travel Awards to help support the participation of faculty/mentors, postdoctoral fellows, and students from minority institutions and historically black colleges and universities in the United States. Underrepresented minority faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows from majority institutions are also eligible to apply for these travel awards. The MARC travel awards will provide up to $1,850 in funding for travel-related expenses and meeting registration to each award recipient (in the form of reimbursement after the meeting). 


Criteria: Applicants must (1) submit an abstract to the ASHG 2013 Annual Meeting by the June 4, 2013 deadline; (2) be a member of ASHG; (3) register for the ASHG 2013 meeting by the early deadline of August 30; (4) be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident with legal status; (5) be from a minority institution or historically black college or university OR be an underrepresented minority faculty member, student, or postdoctoral fellow from a majority institution.


If you meet the criteria requirements listed above, you are eligible to apply for these awards. The travel awards are supported by a federal training grant from the NIGMS/NIH. 


More information about the ASHG/FASEB-MARC Travel Awards, including the application, is available here. All application materials must be received by the FASEB MARC Program Office by 5 pm EST, August 30, 2013. For questions, e-mail:



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