DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics

Genetics Society of America

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Grant amount: US $1,000

Next deadline: Apr 2, 2020

Later deadlines: Nov 14, 2020 8:59pm PST

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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In recognition of the critical role DeLill Nasser played for the discipline and for her love of genetics, in 2001 The Genetics Society of America established The DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, an award for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, to support travel costs for young geneticists to attend national and international meetings and enroll in laboratory courses. The Award is named for long-time GSA member and National Science Foundation Program Director in Eukaryotic Genetics, DeLill Nasser.

Nasser, who died in 2000, was at NSF for more than 22 years and was considered the “patron saint” of genetics and friend of many geneticists. She was primarily interested “in the science” and because of this interest championed the funding of the genomic sequencing of Arabidopsis and research in Drosophila. Giving them time and support, Nasser enabled researchers to work on genetic problems, sometimes seemingly obscure, which resulted in significant progress in genetics research. For more about Nasser, please see the tribute published in the August 2001 issue of GENETICS.

Nasser was especially supportive of young scientists, people who were beginning their careers and those trying to open new areas of genetic inquiry.

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  • Only GSA members who are currently graduate students or postdocs may apply for a DeLill Nasser Award.
  • Research MUST be in genetics and not, for example, biophysics.
  • 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.


  • In the first round, applications are judged on:
    • 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 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, applications are judged also on:
    • The genetic content of proposed course/conference and fit between course/conference and applicant; eg conferences/courses focusing on neuroscience or developmental biology would be given lower priority than conferences/courses with high genetic content unless a compelling case can be made
    • Diversity:
      • Demographics
      • Geographic location/type of institution
      • This often comes to light in the letters of recommendation
    • The budget


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