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William Allan Award
The William Allan Award is the top prize given by the American Society of Human Genetics; it was established in 1961 in memory of William Allan (1881-1943), who was
one of the first American physicians to conduct extensive research in human genetics. The Allan Award is presented annually to recognize substantial and
far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity. The recipient is presented with
an engraved medal and a monetary award of $25,000 at the ASHG Annual Meeting. The Allan Award winner is also invited to present a 30-45 minute address at the ASHG
Annual Meeting, and it is customary to publish a manuscript of the presentation in The American Journal of Human Genetics.
This award is given on a yearly basis, but can be omitted in any given year at the discretion of the Board. Nominations will be solicited from the ASHG Awards
Committee and the general membership.
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Curt Stern Award
The Curt Stern Award honors the memory of Curt Stern (1902-1981) as an outstanding pioneering human geneticist. This award is presented yearly for outstanding scientific achievements in human genetics that have occurred during the last 10 years. The work could be a single major discovery or may be a series of contributions on a similar or related topic. A plaque and a monetary award of $10,000 are presented to the recipient(s) at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Nominations for the Stern Award will be solicited from the ASHG Awards Committee and the general membership.
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Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education
*renamed in 2015 (formerly the ASHG Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education)
ASHG established this award to recognize outstanding contributions to human genetics education. Nominees must have made contributions that are recognized nationally
or internationally as being of exceptional quality and great importance to human genetics education. Nominees should have long-standing involvement in genetics
education, contributions in more than one area, and contributions of substantive influence on individuals and/or organizations. Examples of the types of
contributions that might qualify a nominee include: producing a set of writings that has had a major influence on human genetics education, developing a curriculum
or innovative teaching program that is widely emulated, writing a book that has been adopted by many universities, or developing an educational website. Nominees may be individuals or groups. All nominees and winners must be current ASHG
members. If a group is nominated, at least one nominee in the group must be a current member. A monetary award of $10,000 and plaque will be presented to the recipient(s) at
the Society's Annual Meeting.
Nominees for the Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education may emerge from
submissions from the membership, from the
Awards Committee, or from the Information
and Education Committee. The Information and
Education Committee will review all
nominations and make a recommendation to the
Awards Committee. Those proposing a
candidate for this award should be aware
that committee members might not be
acquainted with the nominee, and they will
benefit from receiving the following
materials as part of the online application
process: (1) a formal letter of nomination
that addresses the criteria listed above;
(2) the nominee’s CV; and (3) up to a
maximum of three supporting statements from
others who are familiar with the nominee's
contributions to human genetics education. Nominees who are not selected for this award will remain eligible, without re-nomination, for an additional two years following the year of nomination.
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The ASHG Advocacy Award honors individuals or groups of individuals who have exhibited excellence and achievement in promoting the science of human genetics and its application for the common good. Areas of advocacy may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- promoting the importance of genetics and an understanding of genetically based healthcare in society at large;
- increasing public awareness of ethical, legal, and policy-related issues in genetics;
- promoting the importance of funding for biomedical research;
- spearheading/shepherding/implementing genetics policy or legislation; and
- improving familiarity with genetics research and genetic testing among a broad range of audiences.
The award recipient receives a plaque and a monetary award of $10,000 at the Society’s Annual Meeting. The award is presented annually, but may be omitted in any given year at the discretion of the Nominating Committee and Board.
Nominees need not be members of ASHG, but nominations must come from members of the Society.
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The ASHG Mentorship Award honors ASHG members who have significant records of accomplishment as mentors. The award is open to individuals at all academic ranks, but eligible candidates must have demonstrated a sustained pattern of exemplary mentorship at the graduate student, postdoctoral, residency, or fellowship level.
Candidates can be nominated by a colleague or a mentee. The nomination letter should describe the mentorship accomplishments of the candidate in sufficient detail for the selection committee to evaluate the candidacy. While it is not necessary to provide a list of all individuals trained by the nominee, the selection committee will consider information regarding mentorship style and its profound personal and/or professional impact on representative trainees, including their career decisions, trajectories and accomplishments. A second supporting letter is required. Either or both letters can contain testimonial support from other trainees with their expressed permission. At least one of these letters must come from a mentee, and at least one of the two individuals writing letters must be a member of ASHG. In addition, the nominee’s CV must accompany the letters of nomination.
The awardee will receive a plaque and a monetary award of $10,000 at the Society's Annual Meeting.
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Early-Career Award - New for 2017!
The Early-Career Award recognizes scientists who are in the early stages of their careers as independent investigators. The candidate must not have been an independent investigator for more than 10 years and the work submitted for consideration must have been primarily the product of the candidate’s independent lab. A plaque and a $10,000 prize will be presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting.
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Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award
This prestigious award established by ASHG in honor of the late Dr. Victor A. McKusick, is presented on behalf
of the Society to an individual whose professional achievements have fostered and enriched the development of various human genetics disciplines. Potential recipients should
exemplify the enduring leadership and vision required to ensure that the field of human genetics will flourish and successfully assimilate into the broader context of science,
medicine, and health. They also may have made major contributions to awareness or understanding of human genetics by policy makers or by the general public. A plaque and $10,000
prize will be presented in honor of the awardee at the ASHG Annual Meeting.
ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research
ASHG honors excellence in research conducted by predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (including genetic counseling trainees) through merit-based awards that
recognize highly competitive abstracts submitted and presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting. These awards were renamed in 2012 to honor the late Dr. Charles Epstein, who was a past president of ASHG,
former editor of AJHG, and winner of both the William Allan Award and the McKusick Leadership Award.
The Program Committee and Awards Committee,
in consultation with the ASHG Board of
Directors, determine the number of awards,
the categories for which they are given, and
the prize amounts of each award. Currently,
the total value of ASHG’s Trainee Awards is
approximately $70,000 annually.
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 email
address of a nominator/mentor (the nominator
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: Abstract
scoring is completed by the Program
Committee, and the ~60 top-ranking
trainee-authored abstracts (semifinalists
who receive $750 plus complimentary Annual
Meeting registration) are submitted to the
Awards Committee, which selects 18 finalists
(who receive an additional $250) prior to
the Annual Meeting. Finalists' presentations
are judged by Awards Committee members at
the Annual Meeting and six winners receive
an additional $1,000 each.
and finalists are notified in August, and may pick up
their awards at the Annual Meeting (Note: We do not
mail awards.). Overall winners are announced at the
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C.W. Cotterman Award
Each September, the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics selects two articles published in the journal
in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics. Two Cotterman Awards will be given annually and a
monetary award of $1000 and a plaque will be presented to the recipients for the top two papers published in the Journal during the previous year on which the first
author was either a pre- or post- doctoral trainee and an ASHG member.
Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
In recognition of the groundbreaking contributions of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, this career development research award is intended to inspire and support new generations of women in the field of
genetics. Successful candidates are women in the first one to three years of an independent faculty-level position whose work displays originality and scientific creativity, making seminal discoveries
within their fields.
The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award is funded by The Gruber Foundation, and is administered by a joint committee appointed by the Genetics
Society of America and the American Society of Human Genetics.
Every three years, two women are chosen to receive the Rosalind Franklin Award, and each awardee receives $75,000 over three years ($25,000 per year). One award funds genetics research in human and
non-human mammals, and another award funds genetics research in model organisms.
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