The Genetics Society of America Medal honors an individual member of the Society for outstanding contributions to the field of genetics in the last 15 years. GSA established the Medal in 1981 to recognize members who exemplify the ingenuity of the GSA membership through elegant and highly meaningful contributions to modern genetics.
When the nomination period is open, you will find a link to the nomination form at the top of this page. Using the form:
- Describe the candidate’s important contribution to modern genetics (word limit: 500).
- 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 Medal in the year you nominate them and also in the following two years.
To be considered for the Genetics Society of America Medal, both the nominator and the nominee must be members of GSA. Nominees must have made an important, recent contribution to modern genetics.
Reviewers consider the following criteria when selecting a recipient:
- Has the applicant or nominee made an important contribution to modern genetics within the last 15 years?
The next nomination period will open in May 2020.
|2019||Anne Villeneuve, Stanford University|
|2018||Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University|
|2017||David Kingsley, Stanford University and HHMI|
|2016||Detlef Weigel, Max Plank Institute for Developmental Biology|
|2015||Steven Henikoff, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and HHMI|
|2014||Angelika B. Amon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and HHMI|
|2013||Elaine A. Ostrander, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health|
|2012||Joanne Chory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies|
|2011||John R. Carlson, Yale University|
|2010||Barbara J. Meyer, University of California, Berkeley|
|2009||Marian Carlson, Columbia University and HHMI|
|2008||Susan Lindquist, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and HHMI|
|2007||Shirley M. Tilghman, Princeton University|
|2006||Victor Ambros, Dartmouth Medical School|
|2005||Stephen J. Elledge, Harvard Medical School|
|2004||Trudy F. C. Mackay, North Carolina State University|
|2003||Jeffrey C. Hall, Brandeis University|
|2002||Andrew Z. Fire, Carnegie Institution of Washington|
|2001||H. Robert Horvitz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|2000||Jack Szostak, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School|
|1999||Charles H. Langley, University of California, Davis|
|1998||Ronald W. Davis, Stanford University School of Medicine|
|1997||Christine Guthrie, University of California, San Francisco|
|1996||Elliot Meyerowitz, California Institute of Technology|
|1995||Eric Wieschaus, Princeton University|
|1994||Leland H. Hartwell, University of Washington|
|1993||Jonathan R. Beckwith, Harvard University|
|1992||Maynard V. Olson, University of Washington|
|1991||Bruce S. Baker, Stanford University|
|1990||Nancy Kleckner, Harvard University|
|1989||Allan C. Spradling, Carnegie Institution of Washington|
|1988||David Botstein, Stanford University|
|Ira Herskowitz, University of California, San Francisco|
|1987||Sydney Brenner, University of Cambridge, UK|
|1986||Gerald Rubin, University of California, Berkeley|
|1985||Philip Leder, Harvard University|
|1984||David S. Hogness, Stanford University|
|1983||Charles Yanofsky, Stanford University|
|1982||Gerald R. Fink, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|1981||Beatrice Mintz, Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia|