Society Awards



2019 Biophysical Society Awards Submission 

Through its awards program, the Biophysical Society honors its members and recognizes excellence in biophysics. The Society offers awards in nine different categories. Nominations for the awards are solicited and evaluated by the Biophysical Society Awards Committee.

The nominations submission site for 2019 awardees is now accepting applications through May 1, 2018. Society members are encouraged to nominate candidates by submitting a nomination form and required materials in PDF format through the online nomination site. Please note that the entry does not save until you have clicked the submit button.  You are encouraged to have all required materials ready when starting the online nomination process. Nominees may be affiliated with non-academic institutions, however, please note that Society membership is a requirement for the nominator, nominee, and letters of support. For specific information and eligibility requirements, click on the award categories.

All honorees are presented their awards at the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society.

Please note: The Emily M. Gray Award and the Distinguished Service Award are awarded in alternating years, beginning in the 2019 awards cycle. Nominations for the Emily M. Gray Award will be accepted for 2019 and for the Distinguished Service Award for 2020.

Anatrace Membrane Protein Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Anatrace Membrane Protein Award, funded by Anatrace Products LLC, was established to recognize an outstanding investigator who has made a significant contribution to the field of membrane protein research. The award is designed to promote membrane protein studies and recognize excellence in the field. This $3,000 award is distributed annually.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of membrane protein research including but not limited to studies of the structure, biochemistry, or biological function of membrane proteins.
  • Nominees must not have received the Anatrace Award in any prior 5-year period and may not nominate themselves.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nomination packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter (no more than 4 pages) describing qualifications of the nominee and commenting on the nominee's scientific contributions to the field of membrane protein biochemistry/biophysics
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications

Avanti Award in Lipids

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
Avanti Polar Lipids, Incorporated has established an annual award to be given by the Biophysical Society. The award will be given to an investigator for outstanding contributions to our understanding of lipid biophysics. The winner receives an honorarium of $3,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made important and well-recognized contributions to an understanding of lipid biophysics, including but not limited to the metabolism, enzymology, structure, or function of lipids or lipid membranes.
  • Nominee must not have received an Avanti Award in any prior year and may not nominate himself or herself.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominee may be of any nationality or academic rank, and may be affiliated with non-academic institutions provided that the work for which they are to be acknowledged has been published in a recognized scholarly journal.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter (no more than 2 pages) supporting the candidacy of the nominee and highlighting specific publications deemed representative or especially worthy of recognition
  3. Letter from the nominee accepting nomination
  4. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  5. Nominee’s curriculum vitae

Michael and Kate Bárány Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Michael and Kate Bárány Award for Young Investigators recognizes an outstanding contribution to biophysics by a person who has not achieved the rank of full professor at the time of nomination. This award was established by the Biophysical Society. In recognition of the endowment gift from Michael and Kate Bárány, the award was renamed in 1998. The Award recipient receives an honorarium of $2,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of biophysics.
  • Nominee must not have reached rank of full professor at time of nomination.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications

BPS Award in the Biophysics of Health and Disease

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The BPS Award in the Biophysics of Heath and Disease honors a BPS member who has made a significant contribution to understanding the fundamental cause or pathogenesis of disease, or to enabling the treatment or prevention. The award recipient receives an honorarium of $2,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of biophysics.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications

BPS Innovation Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The BPS Innovation Award recognizes a BPS member who advances our fundamental understanding of biological systems through the development of novel theory, models, concepts, techniques, or applications. The award recipient receives an honorarium of $3,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of biophysics.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications

Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
This award honors the memory of Dr. Margaret Dayhoff, former President of the Biophysical Society, Professor of Biophysics at Georgetown University, and Director of Research at the National Biomedical Research Foundation. Presented each year at the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, the award includes an honorarium of $2,000.

The Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award is given to a woman who holds very high promise or has achieved prominence while developing the early stages of a career in biophysical research within the purview and interest of the Biophysical Society. Achievement means that the candidate has already published substantial contributions to science; promise means that the candidate shows indications of leadership in ideas, organization, or other ways manifest for her colleagues within the scientific community. A candidate who has already received university tenure by the due date on nomination is not eligible. A candidate having a PhD or equivalent degree shall be eligible until she has completed 10 years of full-time work following the degree. A candidate with a Baccalaureate degree but without a PhD shall have 12 years of eligibility. Time taken off for child-rearing will not be counted in this total. Part-time work and other special circumstances will be evaluated at the discretion of the Committee. Candidates who work in non-academic environments are eligible if their work is published, meets academic standards, and they do not have tenure equivalency.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must be a woman who holds very high promise or has achieved prominence while developing the early stages of a career in biophysical research.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nomination packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. The most important item is a nominator’s letter with a personal recommendation. The letter should be no more than 4 pages, in a style similar to that supporting a promotion, and should comment as specifically as possible on:

    *  Overall scientific program and publications of the nominee with an evaluation of her specific contributions
    *  Contributions of the nominee, especially those not apparent in her publications
    *  Characteristics of the nominee indicating leadership and potential

  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including honors previously received
  5. A publications list: Please attach a set of 3 papers that illustrate the merits of the nominee's contributions to science.
  6. Include any personal hardship or other obstacle that has prevented the nominee from advancing at a normal rate including, but not limited to, family responsibilities or severely disadvantaged background. Please include your estimate of the number of years of extension appropriate to the circumstances. The judging standards will be the same for all nominees but the eligibility period may be extended with the agreement of the committee.

Fellow of the Biophysical Society Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
This award honors the Society's distinguished members who have demonstrated sustained scientific excellence.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must demonstrate sustained scientific excellence.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Three letters in support of the nomination from Society members, one which must be written by the nominator (no more than three letters in total)
  3. A copy of the nominee's CV/biosketch, not to exceed four pages
  4. A list of the 10 most important papers the nominee has published
  5. A 300-word maximum paragraph summarizing the nominee's overall contributions and impact
  6. A one-sentence citation that could be used in award announcement

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Founders Award, established by the Society, is given to scientists for outstanding achievement in any area of biophysics. These achievements are often reflected in the acceptance of and use by others in the field, either promptly or over a period of years. This award of $2,000 is granted annually.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an outstanding achievement in an area of biophysics.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications

Emily M. Gray Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Emily M. Gray Award is given for significant contributions to education in biophysics, contributions that may include a distinguished record of excellence in classroom instruction, in mentoring research scientists at any level, in developing novel educational methods or materials, in promoting scientific outreach efforts to the public or to youth, in generating a track record of attracting new students to thefield of biophysics, or in otherwise fostering an environment exceptionally conducive to education in biophysics. The Emily M. Gray Lecture will be the keynote presentation at the Student Symposium at the Annual Meeting. The winner receives an honorarium of $2,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to education in biophysics.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, focusing on educational and teaching contributions, and relevant list of publications

Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single Molecule Biophysics

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single Molecule Biophysics recognizes outstanding researchers for their exceptional contributions in advancing the field of single molecule biophysics. This award honors the life and work of Professor Kazuhiko Kinosita, Jr., who helped to establish the field, and who performed many elegant experiments, including proving conclusively the rotation of individual molecules of the F1 ATPase (ATP synthase). The award is intended to encourage investigators, to promote further developments in single molecule biophysics, to advance the type of cross-disciplinary research that is characteristic of this field, and to elevate an appreciation of single molecule studies among scientists in general. The Award recipient receives an honorarium of $3,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of biophysics.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications

Ignacio Tinoco Award of the Biophysical Society

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Ignacio "Nacho" Tinoco Award of the Biophysical Society, which was established to honor the scientific contributions, work, and life of an outstanding biophysical chemist, educator, and mentor, will recognize meritorious investigators who make fundamental and/or seminal contributions to the physical chemistry of biopolymers and/or who actively promote and sustain a collaborative, inclusive, and engaging research environment in the field. The award recipient receives an honorarium of $3,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of biophysics.
  • Nominee must be a member of the Society in good standing.
  • Nominator must submit completed Nomination Form and required documents.

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Form
  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee
  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications