ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education

The nomination period for 2023 ASBMB Annual Awards is now closed.

The ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education recognizes an individual who, at the undergraduate and/or graduate/professional levels, demonstrates an exceptional contribution to the teaching of biochemistry and molecular biology with a demonstrated commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to mentoring and advancing the careers of diverse students. Excellence can be demonstrated using examples of the nominee’s own teaching, leadership in education, pedagogical publications, scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), or educational research.

The award was instituted in 2005 and is given annually by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee.

The award consists of an honorarium of $3,000 and the opportunity to present a plenary symposium lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting.

Eligibility

Both nominees and nominators must be ASBMB members. Self-nominations are accepted. Current Education and Professional Committee members are not eligible to be nominated.

Application components​

  1. Nomination letter (not to exceed 2 pages): The nomination letter should address the candidate’s commitment to the tenets of the award outlined above with concrete examples.
  2. Condensed curriculum vitae or NIH biosketch of the nominee.
  3. Candidate’s five (5) most significant publications and/or relevant artifacts: Submitted as a single PDF, these publications and/or artifacts should further demonstrate the candidate’s commitment to the tenets of the award outlined above.
  4. Three (3) letters of support: Letters should be submitted as individual documents; each letter should address through examples the candidate’s commitment to the tenets of the award outlined above.

Evaluation criteria

The Education and Professional Development Committee will evaluate all complete, eligible application packages on the following criteria:

  • Candidate's demonstrated excellence in education as demonstrated through teaching, leadership in education, pedagogical publications, scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), or educational research.
  • Candidate's demonstrated commitment to mentoring and advancing the careers of diverse students.

Recipients

Joseph Provost

2022

  • Joseph Provost
Paul N. Black

2021

  • Paul N. Black

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Paul Craig

2018

  • Paul Craig

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Erin Dolan

2017

  • Erin Dolan

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Charles Brenner

2016

  • Charles Brenner

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Ellis Bell

2015

  • Ellis Bell
Harold B. White

2014

  • Harold B. White
James Ntambi

2013

  • James Ntambi
Judith G. Voet
Donald Voet

2012

  • Judith G. Voet & Donald Voet
Cheryl A. Kerfeld

2011

  • Cheryl A. Kerfeld
Lisa Gentile

2010

  • Lisa Gentile
Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom

2009

  • Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom
Michael F. Summers

2008

  • Michael F. Summers
Sarah C. Elgin

2007

  • Sarah C. Elgin
Thomas R. Cech

2006

  • Thomas R. Cech