FASEB Excellence in Science Award

The FASEB Excellence in Science Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement by women in biological science.  Recipients are women whose career achievements have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research. 

The award recipient will be expected to present an Excellence in Science Award Lecture at the annual meeting of a FASEB Member Society. The recipient may choose the topic of her lecture and the meeting at which she will present the lecture.  A presentation of the award will take place in conjunction with the lecture. In addition to a $10,000 unrestricted research grant, the award covers the recipients travel to/from the meeting, hotel expenses, complimentary meeting registration, and a plaque in recognition of the award.

2016 Award Announcement

Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD has been chosen to receive the FASEB 2016 Excellence in Science Award

Nomination Information

The 2017 award nomination cycle will begin on January 1, 2016.

The recipient of the 2017 FASEB Excellence in Science Award will be chosen in June 2016. 

Nomination Criteria and Eligibility

  • Nominators and nominees must be a member of at least one FASEB Member Society but do not have to be members of the same society.
  • Recipients of the award are required to present an Excellence in Science Award Lecture at a scientific meeting of her choice in the award year.
  • All nominations must be submitted on the Excellence in Science Award nomination form (link provided below when nominations are being accepted).  The nomination form must be filled out in ONE session, so it is essential that nominators have all information and documents available before beginning the process.  All attachments to the nominee form MUST be in PDF format.

Evaluation Criteria

The Excellence in Science Award Committee will evaluate the nominations on the following criteria:

  • Scientific achievements including landmark discoveries, high impact publications, and scientific leadership
  • Training of students and postdoctoral fellows including impact on careers and teaching efforts
  • Contributions to the broader scientific community, such as leadership in professional organizations, university service and leadership, and public outreach

Submissions Documents

1. Nomination letter, setting forth in detail:
  • Contributions to the field that represent the nominee’s outstanding achievement in science
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Evidence of mentorship
  • Evidence of national recognition
  • Honors and awards
  • Synopsis of selected bibliography
2. Complete curriculum vitae documenting:
  • All publications
  • Leadership roles
  • Mentorship
  • Teaching
  • Honors and recognition
  • Grant awards
3. Five nominee reprints demonstrating most significant contributions

4. Three letters of support from the nominee’s peers illustrating impact on the field

5. Three letters of recommendation from trainees illustrating mentorship and impact on careers

Note:  the numbers of documents to be submitted are exact.  Additional documents will not be accepted and fewer documents than the numbers specified will be considered an incomplete nomination.

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