Innovation in Education Award

About the Award

This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated innovation in education. Innovation is defined as a novel educational accomplishment that has significantly impacted progress in achieving ASCB’s mission on the basis of work done within 3 years prior to the nomination. The innovation should be aligned with the core tenets of the ASCB Declaration on Effective and Inclusive Undergraduate Biology Education.

Award Details

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

Who is Eligible

This award is open to ASCB members who are either early career (within 7 years of appointment) or mid-career (7-15 years in an independent position) scientists. Candidates may be nominated or may self-nominate. Nominators must be members, but support letter authors do not need to be.

Selection Criteria

  • Candidate’s innovative contributions to science education
  • 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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