ASHG Trainee Research Excellence Award

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. Currently, the total value of ASHG’s Trainee Research Excellence Award is approximately $70,000 annually. Formerly known as the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Research Awards.

Abstract scoring is completed by the Program Committee, and about 60 top-ranking trainee-authored abstracts (semifinalists who receive $750 plus complimentary Annual Meeting registration) are submitted to the Awards Committee, which then 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.

Semifinalists and finalists are notified in July and August and may pick up their awards at the Annual Meeting. Otherwise, they will be sent their awards after the Annual Meeting (Note: We do not send awards early).

2023 Recipients

Past ASHG Trainee Research Excellence Award Recipients

Nomination Requirements

Nominees can find the option to apply for the ASHG Trainee Research Excellence Awards in the ASHG Annual Meeting abstract submission form, open each spring. Candidates are notified of their status in late summer.

Nominees must:

  • Be an ASHG member and not more than six years in postdoctoral training.
  • Be the first author on a submitted abstract (to be considered, trainees must check the appropriate box when submitting their abstract).
  • Supply the name and email address of a nominator/mentor (the nominator must be able to verify the trainee’s work). The nominator does not need to be an ASHG member.

Partners & Sponsors

Thank you to our partners and sponsors for their support of the 2023 ASHG Trainee Research Excellence Award.

Contributed to: Award for Trainee Research

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