Early-Career Award

The ASHG 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.

All nominees must be current ASHG members.

Past Early-Career Awardees

Required Nomination Materials

  • a formal letter of nomination addressing why the candidate is qualified for this award (500 word maximum)
  • the nominee’s CV
  • at least one (up to three) reference letter from those who are familiar with the nominee’s work (each 500 words maximum). One reference must be an ASHG member.

Additional Judging Criteria:

1) The candidate’s work has a significant impact on the field of human genetics. Significance can be assessed based on factors such as: innovation, impact of work on the scientific field, collaborations, etc.
2) The candidate has shown significant contributions to diversity and outreach in their independent lab: Impact and reach of the candidate’s work to the general public; candidate’s efforts for outreach; candidate’s effort on diversity.
3) The candidate has demonstrated a commitment to mentoring and training the next generation of scientists: Candidate’s trainees, teaching and other mentoring related activities within the lab; involvement in various mentoring opportunities outside the lab.

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