WICB Junior Award for Excellence in Research

About the Award

A woman or non-binary person in an early stage of their career (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.

Award Details

The winner receives a plaque, complimentary Cell Bio 2024 meeting registration and abstract submission, a $1,000 stipend, and an invitation to speak at the meeting.

Who is Eligible

Candidates may be nominated more than once, and members of the WICB Committee are not eligible. Nominators, self-nominators and candidates must be ASCB members.

How to Apply

Application deadline: Submissions are now closed for 2024.


Candidates may either self-apply or be nominated. If you are nominating another person please obtain all required documentation from the candidate prior to proceeding.

  1. A biosketch that follows the NIH (or similar format), no longer than 5 pages.
  2. A narrative statement of no more than 2 pages that focuses on the candidate’s research achievements as well as indicating their contributions to one or more other areas of ASCB’s mission: Advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, or increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. The statement should be written by the candidate.
  3. Two letters of support, neither longer than 2 pages. At least one of the supporting letters must be from someone who is neither a collaborator, former trainee, nor mentor of the candidate; and who is at a different institution than the candidate.  The letters of support should explicitly address whether a nominee’s professional conduct over their career embodies the principles and expectations noted in the Community Code of Conduct and Honorific Code of Conduct.

All application materials should comment on the candidate’s:

  • Strong on-going research program
  • Potential for continued high level research
  • Leadership in their field or in the scientific community
  • Contributions to the ASCB mission (as described above)
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Career impact upon receiving this award

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Please Note

  1. ASCB wants to ensure that the pool of award candidates is as diverse and inclusive as possible. The demographic questions are for internal reporting only and are not viewable by award reviewers. The questions are not mandatory, however we would appreciate your responses so that we can assess our level of inclusivity.
  2. As a founder of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) ASCB does not use journal impact factors or other journal-based metrics in the evaluation process for its awards. 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—Sonya Neal
  • 2022—Shirin Bahmanyar - Junior
  • 2021—Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan - Junior
  • 2020—Prachee Avasthi - Junior
  • 2019—Sabine Petry - Junior
  • 2018—Sophie Dumont - Junior
  • 2017—Julie Canman - Junior
  • 2016—Barbara Mellone - Junior
  • 2015—Mihaela Serpe - Junior
  • 2014—Valentina Greco - Junior
  • 2013—Samara Reck-Peterson - Junior
  • 2012—Sophie G. Martin - Junior
  • 2011—Melissa May Rolls - Junior
  • 2010—Magdalena Bezanilla - Junior
  • 2009—Yukiko M. Yamashita - Junior
  • 2008—Coleen Murphy - Junior
  • 2007—Christine Jacobs-Wagner - Junior
  • 2006—Suzanne Eaton - Junior
  • 2006—Karen Oegema - Junior
  • 2005—Rebecca Heald - Junior
  • 2004—Inke Nathke - Junior
  • 2003—Claire Walczak - Junior
  • 2002—Clare Waterman-Storer - Junior
  • 2001—Laura Machesky - Junior
  • 2000—Linda Hicke - Junior
  • 1999—Yixian Zheng - Junior
  • 1998—Daphne Preuss - Junior
  • 1997—Lorraine Pillus - Junior
  • 1996—Sarah C. R. Elgin - Senior
  • 1996—Susan L. Forsburg - Junior
  • 1995—Trina Schroer - Junior
  • 1994—Julie Theriot - Junior
  • 1993—Cory Abate - Junior
  • 1992—Kathy Foltz - Junior
  • 1991—Alison Adams - Junior
  • 1991—Elizabeth Taparowsky - Junior
  • 1990—Sandra Schmid - Junior
  • 1989—Jeanne Lawrence - Junior
  • 1987—Vassie Ware - Junior
  • 1986—Mary Beckerle - Junior