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At the core of the GSA community are hardworking scientists contributing to our field from around the world. GSA Awards help recognize their outstanding achievements and support the professional development of early career members. Nominate a deserving colleague for a Society Award, apply for an Early Career Award, or just explore some of the recent contributions made by our incredible community.

Early Career Awards

DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics

This award provides up to $1,000 to graduate students and postdocs who wish to attend a conference or enroll in a laboratory course. It is granted in honor of DeLill Nasser, a long-time GSA member and National Science Foundation Program Director.

Early Career Poster Awards

Early Career Poster Awards recognize outstanding research presented at GSA Conferences presented by undergraduate and graduate student members.

GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards

To promote excellence in undergraduate research and education, this travel award grants financial assistance to undergraduate members attending and presenting research at a GSA conference.

James F. Crow Early Career Researcher Award

James F. Crow, whose contributions to the field of genetics were impactful and innumerable, considered his students to be his greatest gift to science. To honor and celebrate his legacy, GSA presents the James F. Crow Early Career Researcher Award to students and recent PhDs.

Presidential Membership Initiative

To be the most vibrant Society that we can be, it is imperative that we attract talented and creative individuals from diverse backgrounds. Diversifying membership is part of the effort to build a thriving scientific enterprise and to create a more equitable and inclusive Society. This program is designed to increase diversity in the Genetics Society of America membership by offering Presidential Membership packages to early career scientists.

Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards

This award, which honors the memory of Drosophila geneticist Victoria Finnerty, was established to support travel costs for undergraduates to attend the Annual Drosophila Research Conference.

Society Awards

Edward Novitski Prize

Named in honor of Drosophila geneticist Edward Novitski, this prize recognizes an extraordinary level of creativity and intellectual ingenuity in solving significant problems in genetics research. It honors solid, significant, scientific experimental work—either as a single experimental accomplishment, or as a body of work.

Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education

This award recognizes significant and sustained impact on genetics education, in honor of renowned geneticist and educator Elizabeth W. Jones. Recipients promote a deeper understanding of genetics through their work at any educational level, from K-12 to graduate school and beyond.

Genetics Society of America Medal

The Genetics Society of America Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of genetics in the last 15 years. The award honors those in our community who exemplify the GSA membership through highly meaningful contributions to modern genetics.

George W. Beadle Award

This award is granted in honor of George W. Beadle, GSA’s 1946 president and recipient of the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Recipients are recognized for service to the field of genetics that reaches beyond an exemplary research career.

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Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

The Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award, funded by The Gruber Foundation and named in honor of the groundbreaking contributions of Rosalind Franklin, is a career development research award intended to inspire and support new generations of women in the field of genetics.

Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

The Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of genetics. It recognizes the full body of work of an exceptional geneticist. Recipients of the Medal will have made substantial contributions to genetics throughout a full career.

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2021 Jones Award: Edward J. Smith

Ed Smith knows the power of having footsteps to follow. Six of his older brothers earned PhDs, he says, and observing their experiences helped him set his course. “It was important to me to learn from them,” he says. “If you have a good role model, you’ll be able to follow their paths, and you […]

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by Caroline Seydel


2021 Morgan Medal: Ruth Lehmann

One of life’s great mysteries is how a single egg cell can contain all the information needed to create a fully specialized complex organism, including more egg cells. Ruth Lehmann, director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT, has done a tremendous amount to solve that mystery. Beginning in her graduate student days, she uncovered a […]

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by Caroline Seydel


Congratulations, Undergraduate Travel Award winners!

To promote excellence in undergraduate research and education, GSA established the Undergraduate Travel Award, which supports travel costs for undergraduate members who are presenting at and attending a GSA conference. Congratulations to the Fall 2020 awardees! Susan Afolabi University of Maryland Baltimore County I am studying the effect of ferritin an iron storage molecule in […]

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by Editorial Staff