DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics

Genetics Society of America

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Next anticipated deadline: Nov 14, 2020 8:59pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 16, 2021 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $1,000

Fields of work: Genetics & Genomics

Applicant type: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Conference

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

NOTE: COVID-19 Update

We encourage you to apply even if you are worried that the event listed in your application may be cancelled. In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, any DeLill Nasser awardee whose intended conference has been cancelled will be able to apply their award to a future conference or course instead. Any course or conference is eligible that would enhance the recipient’s professional development in genetics. If you are a current DeLill Nasser Awardee and your event (including TAGC 2020) has been cancelled, you do not need to do anything. Once you feel it is an appropriate time to book travel for a replacement conference, please send an email to [email protected] with the name and date of the new event to obtain your award funds.

Background

In 2001, the Genetics Society of America established The DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, recognizing the critical role DeLill Nasser played in the field. The award supports young geneticists in their graduate or postdoctoral career stages by offering a $1,000 grant to attend conferences and enroll in laboratory courses.

DeLill Nasser was a long-time GSA member and National Science Foundation Program Director in Eukaryotic Genetics. Nasser, who died in 2000, was at the National Science Foundation for more than 22 years and has been called the “patron saint of real genetics” and a major force in the development of the field. By giving researchers time and support, Nasser enabled them to work on genetic problems, sometimes seemingly obscure, which resulted in significant progress in genetics; among many examples are her championing of Arabidopsis research and Drosophila neurogenetics. Nasser was especially supportive of young scientists, people who were beginning their careers, and those trying to open new areas of genetic inquiry.

Selection Criteria

In the first round, the DeLill Nasser Award Selection Committee will consider:

Significance of research: 

  • Research must be in genetics and not, for example, biophysics 
  • Research with higher impact on the field would be reviewed more favorably
  • Applicant-initiated science is an asset

Productivity, based on:

  • Publication record 
  • Letters of recommendation

Other considerations:

  • Demonstrated service and leadership (primarily for postdoctoral applicants) 
  • Seniority of student/postdoc (applicants nearing the end of their postdoctoral training or graduate degree who have been productive are generally given higher priority over those at the start of their training).

In the second round, the DeLill Nasser Award Selection Committee will consider:

The level of genetic content at the conference or course you would like to attend.

  • For example, conferences or courses focusing on neuroscience or developmental biology would be given lower priority than conferences/courses with high genetic content, unless the applicant can make a compelling case. 

Diversity:

  • Gender/ethnicity
  • Geographic location/type of institution

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • GSA members who are currently graduate students or postdocs may apply for a DeLill Nasser Award.
  • The DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics is awarded to individuals, not institutions;
    • as such, we make the check out to the award winner
  • A DeLill Nasser Award may be used to attend any course or conference that would enhance the recipient’s professional development in genetics.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.

Ineligibility:

  • Post-baccalaureates, lab technicians, or individuals who are searching for faculty positions but are no longer postdocs are not eligible.

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This page was last reviewed April 18, 2020 and last updated April 18, 2020