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Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award
Established in 1984.
Deadline for nominations: May 1 of each year.
This award honors the memory of Dr. Margaret Dayhoff, former President of the Biophysical Society, Professor of Biophysics at Georgetown University, and Director of Research at the National Biomedical Research Foundation. Presented each year at the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, the award includes an honorarium of $2,000.
The Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award is given to a woman who holds very high promise or has achieved prominence while developing the early stages of a career in biophysical research within the purview and interest of the Biophysical Society. Achievement means that the candidate has already published substantial contributions to science; promise means that the candidate shows indications of leadership in ideas, organization, or other ways manifest for her colleagues within the scientific community. A candidate who has already received university tenure by the due date on nomination is not eligible. A candidate having a PhD or equivalent degree shall be eligible until she has completed 10 years of full-time work following the degree. A candidate with a Baccalaureate degree but without a PhD shall have 12 years of eligibility. Time taken off for child-rearing will not be counted in this total. Part-time work and other special circumstances will be evaluated at the discretion of the Committee. Candidates who work in non-academic environments are eligible if their work is published, meets academic standards, and they do not have tenure equivalency.
Nominee must be a woman who holds very high promise or has achieved prominence while developing the early stages of a career in biophysical research.
Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.
Nomination packets must include the following:
Completed Award Nomination Form
The most important item is a nominator’s letter with a personal recommendation. The letter should be no more than 4 pages, in a style similar to that supporting a promotion, and should comment as specifically as possible on:
* Overall scientific program and publications of the nominee with an evaluation of her specific contributions
* Contributions of the nominee, especially those not apparent in her publications
* Characteristics of the nominee indicating leadership and potential
Two supporting letters
Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including honors previously received
A publications list: Please attach a set of 3 papers that illustrate the merits of the nominee's contributions to science.
Include any personal hardship or other obstacle that has prevented the nominee from advancing at a normal rate including, but not limited to, family responsibilities or severely disadvantaged background. Please include your estimate of the number of years of extension appropriate to the circumstances. The judging standards will be the same for all nominees but the eligibility period may be extended with the agreement of the committee.
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Biophysical Society Founders Award
Established in 1986 as the Elisabeth Roberts Cole Award, and renamed in 2000.
The Founders Award, established by the Society, is given to scientists for outstanding achievement in any area of biophysics. These achievements are often reflected in the acceptance of and use by others in the field, either promptly or over a period of years. This award of $1,000 is granted annually.
Nominee must have made an outstanding achievement in an area of biophysics.
Nominations packets must include the following:
Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications
Emily M. Gray Award
Established in 1997; the first award was presented in 1998.
The Emily M. Gray Award is given for significant contributions to education in biophysics, contributions that may include a distinguished record of excellence in classroom instruction, in mentoring research scientists at any level, in developing novel educational methods or materials, in promoting scientific outreach efforts to the public or to youth, in generating a track record of attracting new students to thefield of biophysics, or in otherwise fostering an environment exceptionally conducive to education in biophysics. The Emily M. Gray Lecture will be the keynote presentation at the Student Symposium at the Annual Meeting. The winner receives an honorarium of $750.
Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to education in biophysics.
Nominee’s curriculum vitae, focusing on educational and teaching contributions, and relevant list of publications
Biophysical Society Distinguished Service Award
Established in 1991.
The Distinguished Service Award, established by the Biophysical Society, honors service in the field of biophysics and contributions beyond achievements in research. The recipient receives an honorarium of $1,000.
Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of biophysics and in its advancement outside of research.
Nominee’s curriculum vitae
Avanti Award in Lipids
Established in 1994.
Avanti Polar Lipids, Incorporated has established an annual award to be given by the Biophysical Society. The award will be given to an investigator for outstanding contributions to our understanding of lipid biophysics. The winner receives an honorarium of $3,000.
Nominee must have made important and well-recognized contributions to an understanding of lipid biophysics, including but not limited to the metabolism, enzymology, structure, or function of lipids or lipid membranes.
Nominee must not have received an Avanti Award in any prior year and may not nominate himself or herself.
Nominee may be of any nationality or academic rank, and may be affiliated with non-academic institutions provided that the work for which they are to be acknowledged has been published in a recognized scholarly journal.
Nominations packets must include the following
Letter (no more than 2 pages) supporting the candidacy of the nominee and highlighting specific publications deemed representative or especially worthy of recognition
Letter from the nominee accepting nomination
Two supporting letters from other Society members
Anatrace Membrane Protein Award
Established in 2007, first awarded in 2008.
The Anatrace Membrane Protein Award, funded by Anatrace Inc., was established to recognize an outstanding investigator who has made a significant contribution to the field of membrane protein research. The award is designed to promote membrane protein studies and recognize excellence in the field. This $3,000 award is distributed annually.
Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of membrane protein research including but not limited to studies of the structure, biochemistry, or biological function of membrane proteins.
Nominees must not have received the Anatrace Award in any prior 5-year period and may not nominate themselves.
Letter (no more than 4 pages) describing qualifications of the nominee and commenting on the nominee's scientific contributions to the field of membrane protein biochemistry/biophysics