Genetics Society of America Medal

The nomination period is currently open. Nominations are due October 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT


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.

Nomination Process

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.

Selection Criteria

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?

Important Dates

The nomination period is currently open. Nominations are due October 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Past Recipients

2020 Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University
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