ASBMB Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award
The Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award was established to honor an outstanding scientist who has shown evidence of a sustained commitment to breaking down local and/or systemic barriers against scientists and students from historically marginalized or excluded groups. The awardee should demonstrate a sustained commitment to the encouragement of scientists from historically marginalized or excluded groups to enter the scientific enterprise and/or to the effective mentorship of those within it.
Dr. Ruth Kirschstein was a pathologist and the first woman to be appointed director of an institute at the National Institutes of Health. She was committed to championing causes that nobody else would touch, including the emerging AIDS epidemic, for which she secured funding and mobilized a team of NIH researchers to further investigate the disease. Dr. Kirschstein demonstrated passion in supporting students from historically marginalized backgrounds by cultivating the Minority Access to Research Careers Awards in 1975, now named the Maximizing Access to Research Careers Awards, which have supported many diverse undergraduate students in their pursuit of higher degrees. Reflecting on her commitment to diversity, Dr. Kirschstein once said, “If you have a population of leaders who are all men, they are never going to think of women. They are never going to think of minorities. They are only going to think of people like themselves.”
The award consists of a plaque, $3,000 and travel expenses to present a lecture at the ASBMB annual meeting. The awardee should discuss their scientific achievements and contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion during the award lecture. The recipient will be chosen by the ASBMB Maximizing Access Committee.
- Both nominees and nominators must be ASBMB members.
- Current MAC members cannot be nominated.
- Nominees must conduct research in the fields of biochemistry and/or molecular biology.
Guidance for the nomination letter and letters of support
Each nomination letter and letter of support should include the following information about the nominee:
- Major contributions to the field of biochemistry and/or molecular biology.
- Major contributions to supporting, mentoring and encouraging scientists and students from historically marginalized or excluded groups.
- Evidence of sustained contributions to breaking down systemic barriers against scientists and students from historically marginalized or excluded groups. (Provide examples. One example could be supporting historically marginalized or excluded groups through DEI program development.)
- Future contributions and plans regarding DEI.
Submit the following:
- Nomination letter listing nominee's achievements (not to exceed two pages)
- Condensed curriculum vitae or NIH Biosketch (note the Ph.D. or M.D. degree and date received)
- List of the nominee's five most significant publications
- Two letters of support (required)
Please use the member directory to verify that the nominee is an active member of the ASBMB.