The Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education recognizes individuals or groups who have had significant, sustained impact on genetics education at any level, from K-12 through graduate school and beyond. Recipients of this award will have promoted greater exposure to and deeper understanding of genetics through distinguished teaching or mentoring; development of innovative pedagogical approaches or tools; design of new courses or curricula; national leadership; and/or public engagement and outreach. Recipients need not be GSA members.
The award was named posthumously for Elizabeth W. Jones (1939–2008), who was the recipient of the first GSA Excellence in Education Award in 2007. She was a renowned geneticist and educator who served as the 1987 GSA president and as editor-in-chief of GSA’s journal GENETICS for nearly 12 years (1996-2008). Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and the first PhD in genetics granted by the University of Washington. She completed postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University for five years before joining Carnegie Mellon in 1974.
At the time of her death, Jones was University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, the institution’s highest faculty honor. She also served as head of the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences. Her lab used genetic approaches to understand how proteins in yeast cells reach their proper destinations.
When the nomination period is open, you will find a link to the nomination form on this page. Using the form:
- Choose from the following list all of the ways that the candidate has promoted greater exposure to and deeper understanding of genetics (select all that apply):
- Distinguished teaching or mentoring
- Development of innovative pedagogical approaches or tools
- Design of new courses or curricula
- National leadership
- Public engagement and outreach
- describe how influential this candidate’s contributions have been to genetics education or general STEM education, indicating how his or her impact on education has been sustained as well as significant.
- Provide a secondary nominator’s name and contact information. GSA will contact the secondary nominator for a second letter of recommendation.
- List the name of the nominee, their current institution, and their email address. GSA will contact the nominee to request their CV for inclusion in the nomination packet.
Once GSA receives all the necessary materials, the Board of Directors will review the nominations and select a recipient.
All nominations will remain active for three years. That means the nominee will be considered for the award in the year you nominate them and also in the following two years.
To be considered for the Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education, the nominee does not need to be a GSA member. However, nominees who are members of GSA will be given priority in the selection process. Nominees must have promoted greater exposure to and deeper understanding of genetics through distinguished teaching or mentoring; development of innovative pedagogical approaches or tools; design of new courses or curricula; national leadership; and/or public engagement and outreach.
Reviewers consider the following criteria when selecting a recipient:
- Has the nominee promoted greater exposure to and deeper understanding of genetics?
- Has the nominee had significant, sustained impact on genetics education?
The next nomination period will open in May 2020.
|2019||Bruce Weir, University of Washington in Seattle|
|2018||Steven Farber, Carnegie Institution for Science &
Jamie Shuda, University of Pennsylvania
|2017||Sally G. Hoskins, City College of the City University of New York|
|2016||William Wood, University of Colorado|
|2015||Louisa A. Stark, University of Utah|
|2014||Robin Wright, University of Minnesota|
|2013||A. Malcolm Campbell, Davidson College|
|2012||David A. Micklos, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory|
|2011||Peter J. Bruns, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (retired)|
|2010||Utpal Banerjee, University of California, Los Angeles|
|2009||Sarah C. R. Elgin, Washington University in St. Louis and HHMI|
|2008||R. Scott Hawley, Stowers Institute for Medical Research|
|2007||Elizabeth W. Jones, Carnegie Mellon University|