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 Society’s Annual Meeting. The Allan Award winner is also invited to present a 30-45 minute address at the Annual Meeting, and it is customary to publish a manuscript of the presentation in The American Journal of Human Genetics.
All nominees must be current ASHG members. This award is given on a yearly basis, but can be omitted in any given year at the discretion of the Board.
Required Nomination Materials
- a formal letter of nomination addressing why the candidate is qualified for this award (500 words maximum)
- the nominee’s CV
- at least one (up to three) reference letter from those who are familiar with the nominee’s contributions to human genetics (each 500 words maximum). One reference must be an ASHG member.
- Ground-breaking/foundational discoveries that changed the path of genetics
- Novel ideas/approaches that had a continuous and far-reaching impact on the field
- Sustained scientific productivity over decades
- Representation of diversity reflecting ASHG membership
- Cultivation and mentorship of the next generation of scientists