ASCB Award for Excellence in Research by a Historically Excluded Person (HEP)

About the Award

This award for excellence in research, established in 2022, will first be presented in 2023 to an early career ASCB member who self-identifies as a Historically Excluded Person (HEP)*. The recipient will be within seven years of appointment to an independent position at the nomination deadline who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, is developing a strong independent research program, and exhibits the potential for continuing at a high level of scientific endeavor and leadership.

*ASCB defines a HEP as persons from the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, persons with disabilities, and persons in the LGBQTIA+ community.

Award Details

The winner will give a Minisymposium talk and will receive complimentary registration to Cell Bio 2023 ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Recipients will also be presented a plaque and $1,000 stipend following the conclusion of the meeting.

Who is Eligible

ASCB members who are categorized as a historically excluded person at the early (within 7 years of appointment) or mid-career (7-15 years in an independent position) level. Nominees must also be ASCB members.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate’s contributions to research in the field of cell biology.
  • Candidate’s contributions to achieving additional areas of the ASCB mission
  • Candidate’s demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

How to Apply

Applications are closed for this year.

Nominees for and recipients of ASCB honorific awards and prizes are expected to exemplify and to continue to exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. Letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in ASCB’s Mission Statement, the Community Code of Conduct, the Honorific Code of Conduct and the Workforce Diversity Statement.

As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA, the ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its award candidates. The ASCB looks at an individual’s research contributions and impact on the field, rather than the prestige of the journals where work is published.

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Award Winners

  • 2023—Damaris N. Lorenzo