The Awards Committee reviews nominations for the five Society Awards: Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, GSA Medal, George W. Beadle Award, Edward Novitski Prize and Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. A yearly conference call is held to review the top-rated nominations. The discussion includes considering the criteria for each award as well as diversity in gender, race, and research specialty. The Awards Committee compiles a list of 3–4 nominees for each award to present to the Board of Directors at the December board meeting. The list includes a brief description of each nominee and a summation of the Committee’s rationale behind their decisions. New members are appointed by the Chair of the committee to serve a three-year term. The Committee is made up of GSA members that reflect the diversity of research in genetics.