William Allan Award

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.

Past William Allan Awardees 

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.

Judging Criteria

  1. Ground-breaking/foundational discoveries that changed the path of genetics
  2. Novel ideas/approaches that had a continuous and far-reaching impact on the field
  3. Sustained scientific productivity over decades
  4. Representation of diversity reflecting ASHG membership
  5. Cultivation and mentorship of the next generation of scientists

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