Biological Sciences Section Awards

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Nathan Shock New Investigator Award

Nathan ShockThe Nathan Shock New Investigator Award is given annually for innovative and influential publications. Established in 1986 to honor Dr. Nathan Shock, a pioneer in gerontological research at the National Institutes of Health, and a founding member of The Gerontological Society of America, the award is designed to acknowledge outstanding contributions to new knowledge about aging through basic biological research. 

Deadline
March 31, 2019

Requirements

  • Nominees must have a PhD, MD, DDS, or equivalent degree and must be within seven years of their postdoctoral research.
  • A single nomination letter signed by at least three (3) supporters.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • A summary of the research (no more than 1,000 words).
  • A re-print of relevant research papers.

Nature of Award
The recipient receives a certificate, and will present a brief lecture at the Biological Sciences Section Business Meeting and Award Presentation at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.

Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete online award nomination here.

Past Awardees
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George Sacher Student Award

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The George Sacher Student Award is given to the best student paper or poster contribution by a GSA member at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting. George Sacher served as President of the Society in 1979. 

The award is designed to encourage research and to foster interest among students in the Biological Sciences section to play an active role in the Society's annual meetings. A paper or poster must be submitted prior to the deadline.

Final Submission Deadline
September 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Must be a student member of the society.
  • Must submit an abstract for the Annual Scientific Meeting.
    • The abstract must be accompanied by a letter from the student's advisor.
    • The abstract must be accepted for the conference.
    • The student must present the work at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
    • A 1,500 word paper or poster must be submitted before the deadline.

Nature of Award
The recipient will be recognized at the Biological Sciences Section Business Meeting and Award Presentation at the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, TX.

Self Nomination Process
In order to submit for the award, you will need to provide two copies of your paper (one blinded, one not), and abstract control ID number via a nomination link.

Past Awardees
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Austin Bloch Post-Doctoral Fellow Award

The Biological Sciences and Health Sciences sections are offering The Austin Bloch Postdoctoral Fellow Award to recognize an outstanding paper or poster contribution by a Postdoctoral Fellow in biomedical sciences. The Biological Sciences and Health Sciences Sections alternate annually in selecting the award from among their respective section's submissions. In order to be eligible for the award, the primary author's abstract must be submitted to the Biological Sciences Section and accepted for presentation at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. A paper or poster submission, based on the accepted abstract, should be submitted by the deadline. 

Final Submission Deadline
September 1, 2020

Requirements

  • Biological Sciences Section members are eligible to apply in years ending in an even number. 
  • Must be engaged in relevant research.
  • Must submit an abstract for the Annual Scientific Meeting.
    • The abstract must be accompanied by a letter from the student's advisor.
    • The abstract must be accepted for the meeting.
    • The student must present the work at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
    • A 1,500 word paper, or a poster must be submitted by the deadline.

Nature of Award
The recipient receives $200, a certificate, and will be recognized at recognized at their respective Section Business Meeting and Award Presentation at the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, TX.

Self Nomination Process
In order to submit for the award in 2020, you will need to provide two copies of your paper/poster (one blinded, one not), letter from the student's advisor, and abstract control ID number via a nomination link.

Past Awardees
View here

 

Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction

isw2The Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction is named in honor of the founder of the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and is intended to honor exceptional contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of aging by members of the scientific community. This award is given by AFAR, however, the recipient of this award gives a lecture at GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting. 

For more information please visit the AFAR website:
http://www.afar.org

Past Recipient's Lectures 
2011 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction Lecture: From Mice to Methuselah: What We Can Learn from the Comparative Biology of Aging

By Steven N. Austad, PhD



Vincent Cristofalo "Rising Star" Award in Aging Research

The late Vincent Cristofalo devoted his professional career equally to two pursuits: doing aging research, and encouraging younger scientists to investigate important problems in the biology of aging. Vince set an example of wise leadership, sophisticated judgment, and solid accomplishment that remain an inspiration to all who knew him. The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) established the Vincent Cristofalo "Rising Star" Award in Aging Research in his honor.

For more information please visit the AFAR website:
http://www.afar.org