The award nomination form for 2021 ASHG professional awards closed on April 29, 2021. After the submission deadline, the ASHG Awards Committee reviews all nominations, which are ultimately approved by the ASHG Board of Directors. Nominees and nominators will be notified of their nomination’s status in late summer 2021 and public announcement of award recipients will follow soon after.
Since 1962, ASHG has honored outstanding achievements in the field through its annual awards. Each spring, ASHG members are invited to nominate their colleagues for these prestigious awards. Nomination materials include the candidate’s CV, a formal nomination letter, and an online form. Self-nominations are permitted. The ASHG Awards Committee then reviews all nomination materials and chooses awardees using a scoring rubric. Awardees are announced over the summer.
These awards recognize individuals with a diverse background of experience, ideas, and perspectives for a variety of activities, including carrying out substantial research and far-reaching scientific contributions to the field, expanding human genetics education, promoting the science of human genetics and its application for the common good, and mentoring the next generation of human genetics and genomics professionals. ASHG is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in all its forms, and encourages nominations of outstanding scientists who represent that breadth of background and experience.
In addition to monetary prizes, awardees are invited to give a 15-30-minute talk at the ASHG Annual Meeting and receive complimentary travel to and registration for the meeting.
Please note that joint nominations are discouraged, and that no more than 2 individuals can be nominated for an award (with an exception made for the Advocacy Award). A joint nomination may be considered in some circumstances, but nominators must make a strong case as to why the two individuals would jointly share the award. In this case, award prize money and speaking time at the annual meeting would be split between the 2 awardees.
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- William Allan Award
- Curt Stern Award
- Arno Motulksy-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education
- Advocacy Award
- Early-Career Award
- Mentorship Award
- Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award
- C.W. Cotterman Award
ASHG welcomes and encourages nominations for awards and honors. We strongly encourage members to consider nominations reflecting the diverse geographic, gender, ancestry, and scientific disciplines and specialties we represent.
Nominators will be asked to state whether, to the best of their knowledge, the individual they are nominating has consistently exhibited professional conduct that meets the standards articulated in the current ASHG Code of Ethics (https://www.ashg.org/about/code-of-ethics/). Nominators are not asked or expected to independently investigate or make determinations but rather to attest to their own professional knowledge of the candidate and to review awards procedures and policies.
Prior to ASHG bestowing an award, all nominees will be informed of professional conduct expectations for awards. Nominees will be given the opportunity to decline to be considered, with no imputation of any inappropriate conduct presumed should the nominee withdraw. If nominees proceed to be considered, they will be asked to disclose, confidentially and in writing, whether they are now, or have been, subject to an allegation, inquiry, action or decision regarding alleged professional misconduct as outlined in the ASHG Code of Ethics, or whether they have engaged in conduct that could reasonably give rise to such a claim. A disclosure will not automatically disqualify a nominee from an award, but it will allow the Society to confidentially consider such questions as part of its decisions to bestow an award.
A procedure for considering allegations regarding past awardees has also been established.