2020 ASBMB Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 ASBMB Annual Awards. See details below of which awards are available.

Nominations for each award must include:

  • A nomination letter listing nominee's achievements (not to exceed two pages)
  • A condensed curriculum vitae or NIH Biosketch
  • A list of the nominee's five most significant publications
  • Letters of support (optional; three at maximum)

The nomination period closes May 21.

The awards will be presented at the ASBMB Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif., where awardees will present their lectures.


The ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education is given annually to a scientist who encourages effective teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology through their own teaching, leadership in education, writing, educational research, mentoring or public enlightenment. Nominators must be ASBMB members, but nominees need not be. The award includes a cash prize of $3,000, and the winner will present an award lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting.

The ASBMB–Merck Award recognizes outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Nominators must be ASBMB members, but nominees need not be. The award includes a plaque, a $5,000 cash prize and covers transportation and other expenses for the winner and partner/spouse to attend the ASBMB annual meeting and present an award lecture.

The Avanti Award in Lipids recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids. Nominators must be ASBMB members, but nominees need not be. The award consists of a plaque, $3,000 and transportation and expenses to present a lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting.

The Alice and C. C. Wang Award recognizes established investigators who are making seminal contributions to the field of molecular parasitology at the time of the award. Nominators must be ASBMB members. Self-nominations are accepted. The award includes $35,000 for use by the recipient’s research laboratory, a plaque and travel expenses for the recipient to attend the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture on his or her work. In addition, the winner will organize a half-day symposium on molecular parasitology at the ASBMB annual meeting.

The Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science  is awarded to an established scientist for outstanding accomplishments in basic biomedical research.  Nominators must be ASBMB members, but nominees need not be. The award consists of a $10,000 cash award, a plaque and travel expenses for attendance at the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture.

The Delano Award for Computational Biosciences is given to a scientist for the most accessible and innovative development or application of computer technology to enhance research in the life sciences at the molecular level. The contribution should include two key elements — more productive use of computers to accelerate and facilitate research, and ready access of these programs for the scientific community. Nominators must be ASBMB members, but nominees need not be. The award consists of a plaque, a $3,000 cash award and travel expenses for the recipient to attend the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture.

The Earl and Thressa Stadtman Young Scholar Award was established by their friends and colleagues to preserve their legacies as scientists and mentors. It is awarded to a scientist with 10 years or less of postdoctoral experience, including medical residency and fellowship. The award is issued every other year, alternating with The Earl and Thressa Stadtman Distinguished Scientist Award. Nominators must be ASBMB members, but nominees need not be. The award consists of a plaque, a $10,000 cash award and travel expenses for the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture.

The Herbert Tabor Research Award has been established to recognize the many contributions of Dr. Herbert Tabor to the Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Society. The award will be given for excellence in biological chemistry and molecular biology and the contributions to the community of scientists. Nominations must originate from ASBMB members and the nominee must be a member of the ASBMB. The award consists of a $30,000 research award, a plaque and travel expenses for the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture.

The Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry was established to honor the pioneering scientific accomplishments and the spirit of the late Professor Cohn. Dr. Cohn was the first female president of ASBMB, at the time known as the American Society of Biological Chemists. The award recognizes and honors scientists at all stages of their careers that have made substantial advances in understanding biological chemistry using innovative physical approaches. Nominators must be ASBMB members, but nominees need not be. The annual award includes a $5,000 cash prize and travel expenses to the ASBMB annual meeting to present an award lecture.

The Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award honors an outstanding scientist who has shown a strong commitment to the encouragement of under-represented minorities to enter the scientific enterprise and/or to the effective mentorship of those within it. The award includes a plaque, a cash prize of $3,000 and transportation expenses to present a lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting. The recipient is chosen by the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee. Nominations must be society members, but nominees need not be.

The Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research, established by ASBMB’s Lipid Research Division, recognizes outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids by young investigators who are an assistant professor or equivalent and with no more than 10 years of experience since receiving their degree (Ph.D. and/or M.D.). Nominators must be society members, but the nominees need not be. Self-nominations are accepted. The award includes a plaque, a $2,000 cash prize and transportation and expenses to present a lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting.

The William C. Rose Award recognizes outstanding contributions to biochemical and molecular biological research and a demonstrated commitment to the training of younger scientists, as epitomized by the late Rose. Nominators must be society members, but nominees need not be. The award includes a plaque, a $3,000 cash prize and transportation to the ASBMB annual meeting to present a lecture.