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Society Awards



Deadline for nominations: May 1 of each year.


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

The deadline for award nominations is May 1 of each year. Society members are encouraged to nominate candidates by submitting a nomination form and required materials in PDF format through the online nomination site.

Nominees may be affiliated with non-academic institutions. 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.


Anatrace Membrane Protein Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Anatrace Membrane Protein Award, funded by Anatrace Inc., 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
  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

Distinguished Service Award

  • About the Award
  • Eligibility
The Distinguished Service Award, established by the Biophysical Society, honors service in the field of biophysics and contributions beyond achievements in research. The recipient receives an honorarium of $1,000.

Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have made an exceptional contribution to the field of biophysics and in its advancement outside of research.
  • 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
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae

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 $750.

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
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, focusing on educational and teaching contributions, and relevant list of publications

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, 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 $1,000 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
  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
  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.

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
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all relevant publications

US Genomics Award

Awarded 2006-2011 Past Awardees
  • About the Award
This Annual Award was established to recognize an exceptional researcher for seminal contributions to the field of Single Molecule Biology (SMB). This award recognizes work advancing the field of SMB as demonstrated through innovative research, publications, and other accomplishments related to detailing the properties, characteristics, or behavior of individual biomolecules.

The award is designed to elevate awareness and interest in the field of SMB and to enhance appreciation of the problems it addresses as well as the solutions it offers. It is intended to encourage and promote work in this area of biophysics, and importantly, to promote cross-disciplinary collaboration and application of SMB approaches by elevating appreciation of SMB principles among scientists across research fields.