Advocacy Award

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.

Examples of genetics advocacy can include:

  • 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, or implementing genetics policy or legislation
  • 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.

Past Advocacy Awardees

Nomination Requirements

Advocacy Award candidates do not have to be ASHG members, but their nominators must be. The Awards Committee will review all nominations.

Required Nomination Materials

  • One nomination letter
  • Two letters supporting the nomination
  • Candidate’s resume or CV

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