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Society Awards

Through its awards program, the Biophysical Society honors its members and recognizes excellence in biophysics. The Society offers awards in eleven 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 application through the online nomination site. Please note that the nomination information will not be saved 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 those submitting letters of support. For specific information and eligibility requirements, click on the individual award categories.

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

 

Anatrace Membrane Protein Award

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nomination packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  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

2018 Awardee

Jue Chen

Rockefeller University

Past Awardees

2017: James U. Bowie
2016: Eric Gouaux
2015: Anthony Watts
2014: Douglas Rees
2013: Carol Robinson

2012: Charles R. Sanders
2011: Shelagh Ferguson-Miller
2010: Tom A. Rapoport
2009: Robert M. Stroud
2008: H. Ronald Kaback


Avanti Award in Lipids

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  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

2018 Awardee

Wonhwa Cho

University of Illinois

Past Awardees

2017: Sarah L. Keller
2016: Philip Yeagle
2015: Gerald Feigenson
2014: Michael Brown
2013: Joseph Zasadzinski
2012: Huey W. Huang
2011: Eric Oldfield
2010: James A. Hamilton
2009: Stephen H. White
2008: Ben de Kruijff
2007: Klaus Gawrisch

2006: Thomas E. Thompson
2005: Joachim Seelig
2004: Thomas J. McIntosh
2003: John F. Nagle and Stephanie Tristram-Nagle
2002: N/A
2001: Ronald McElhaney
2000: Edward A. Dennis
1999: Richard M. Epand
1998: Lewis C. Cantley
1997: Ching-hsien Huang


Michael and Kate Bárány Award

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee

  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members

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

2018 Awardee

Bianxiao Cui

Stanford University

Past Awardees

2017: Ahmet Yildiz
2016: Olga Boudker
2015: Sarah Teichmann
2014: Miriam Goodman
2013: Patricia Clark
2012: Vijay Pande
2011: Charalampos Kalodimos
2010: Mark J. Schnitzer
2009: Gaudenz M. Danuser
2008: Sergei I. Sukharev
2007: Taekjip Ha
2006: Anne-Frances Miller
2005: Vincent Hilser

2004: Paul R. Selvin
2003: Patricia Jennings
2002: William Zagotta
2001: Shimon Weiss
2000: Elizabeth A. Komives
1999: Gaetano T. Montelione
1998: Winfried Denk
1997: Donald W. Hilgemann
1996: David P. Corey
1995: Roderick MacKinnon
1994: Steven M. Block
1993: Ronald D. Vale
1992: Richard W. Aldrich


BPS Award in the Biophysics of Health and Disease

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  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

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 $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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee

  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members

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


Distinguished Service Award

Award available every other year.

The Distinguished Service Award, established by the Biophysical Society, honors service in the field of biophysics and contributions beyond achievements in research. The award is presented biennually.  The recipient receives an honorarium of $2,000.

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee

  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members

  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae

2018 Awardee

Leslie Loew

University of Connecticut Health Center

Past Awardees

2016: Yale E. Goldman
2015: Kamal Shukla
2014: Linda Kenney
2013: Klaus Schulten
2012: Edward Egelman
2011: Olaf Andersen
2010: Mordecai P. Blaustein
2009: Jeremy M. Berg
2008: Robert Callender
2007: Ken Dill

2006: Robert Gunn
2005: Sarah Hitchcock-DeGregori
2004: Mary Dicky Barkley
2003: Marvin Cassman
2002: Peter Moore
2001: Frederic M. Richards
2000: Helen Berman
1999: Stephen H. White
1998: Victor A. Bloomfield
1997: Thomas D. Pollard


Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nomination packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  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:

  3. *  Overall scientific program and publications of the nominee with an evaluation of her specific contributions

  4. *  Contributions of the nominee, especially those not apparent in her publications

  5. *  Characteristics of the nominee indicating leadership and potential

  6. Two supporting letters from other Society members

  7. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including honors previously received

  8. A publications list: Please attach a set of 3 papers that illustrate the merits of the nominee's contributions to science.

  9. 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.

2018 Awardee

Carrie Partch

University of California, Santa Cruz

Past Awardees

2017:Julie S. Biteen
2016: Sophie Dumont and Polina Lishko
2015: Antonina Roll-Mecak
2014: Sarah Veatch
2013: Jennifer Ross and Katherine Henzler-Wildman
2012: Lucy R. Forrest
2011: Diane Lidke
2010: Crina Nimigean and Maria Spies
2009: Teresa Giraldez, Adrienne L. Fairhall, and Jin Zhang
2008: Judith Klein-Seetharaman
2007: Kalina Hristova
2006: Anne Hinderliter
2005: Sarah Keller
2004: Dorothee Kern
2003: Hao Wu
2002: Gina MacDonald
2001: Millie M. Georgiadis and Ka Yee Christina Lee
2000: Millie M. Georgiadis and Ka Yee Christina Lee

1999: Lydia Gregoret
1998/99: Judith R. Mourant
1997/98: Bonnie Anne Berger
1996/97: Susan Marqusee
1995/96: Lynne Regan
1994/95: Hillary C. M. Nelson
1993/94: Jean S. Baum
1992/93: Carol Vandenberg
1991/92: Hazel M. Holden and Francine R. Smith
1990/91: Jeanne Rudzki Small
1989/90: Anne Walter
1988/89: Nancy L. Thompson
1987/88: Rachel Klevit
1986/87: Barbara E. Ehrlich
1985/86: Barbara A. Lewis
1984/85: Dagmar Ringe and Bonnie Ann Wallace


Fellow of the Biophysical Society Award

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  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

2018 Fellows of the Biophysical Society

Patricia Bassereau
Institut Curie Research Centre, France

James Bowie
University of California, Los Angeles

Astrid Graslund
Stockholm University, Sweden

Roderick Mackinnon
Rockefeller University

Sheena Radford
University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Sriram Subramaniam
National Cancer Institute, NIH

H. Lee Sweeney
University of Florida

Harel Weinstein
Weill Cornell Medical College

2017 Jonathon Howard, Lewis E. Kay, Brian Kobilka, Michael Levitt, Jane S. Richardson, Petra Schwille, Bonnie Wallace
2016 Mario L. Amzel, Charles L. Brooks, Walter J. Chazin, Jane Clarke, Angel E. Garcia, Antoinette Killian, Matthias Rief, Nancy L. Thompson, Eduardo Perozo
2015 Joseph J. Falke, Susan Marqusee, Sarah Hammes- Schiffer, George Phillips, Timothy Lohman, James Sellers
2014 Barbara Baird, Michael Brown, Lila Gierasch, Karolin Luger, Benoit Roux, Michael Sheetz, Devarajan Thirumalai, David Warshaw
2012 Toshio Yanagida, Klaus Schulten, Carlos Bustamante, Frances Separovic, Tamar Schlick, José Onuchic, Gregory Voth
2011 Valerie Daggett, Donald M. Engelman, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Erwin Neher, Ruth Nussinov, Lynne J. Regan, Anthony Watts
2010 Steven M. Block, David S. Cafiso, G. Marius Clore, Michael A. Edidin, Shelagh Ferguson-Miller, Andrew Joshua Wand
2009 Donald M. Bers, Betty J. Gaffney, Robert L. Jernigan, Mark T. Nelson, Diane M. Papazian
2008 Timothy A. Cross, Eve E. Marder, Ivan Rayment, Stephen G. Sligar, Attila Szabo
2007 Steven Boxer, Maurizio Brunori, William Cramer, Elliot L. Elson, George P. Hess
2006 Michael Bárány, Yale Goldman, Martin Gruebele, M. Thomas Record, J. Walter Woodbury, Xialing Sunney Xie
2005 Sunney I. Chan, Edward H. Egelman, Jeffrey Skolnick, David D. Thomas, Ernest M. Wright
2004 David L. Beveridge, Ronald N. McElhaney, Mauricio Montal, Brian D. Sykes
2003 Mordecai P. Blaustein, David R. Davies, Richard M. Epand, John Gergely, Rufus Lumry, James H. Prestegard, Peter G. Wolynes
2002 David DeRosier, Ken Dill, William A. Eaton, Joachim Frank, Hans Frauenfelder, Robert Gennis, Wayne Hendrickson, Terrell L. Hill, Joseph Hoffman, H. Ronald Kaback, Irwin Kuntz, Jon Lederer, John L. Markley, John Schellman, Ignacio Tinoco, Peter H. von Hippel, Stephen White, Clare Woodward, Bruno Zimm
2001 Helen Berman, Ludwig Brand, George Feher, Manuel Morales, Wilma Olson, Arieh Warshel
2000 Gary K. Ackers, Richard W. Aldrich, Clay M. Armstrong, Daniel Axelrod, Robert L. Baldwin, Francisco Bezanilla, Rodney L. Biltonen, Kevin P. Campbell, Charles R. Cantor, Donald L. D. Caspar, Carolyn Cohen, Donald M. Crothers, David Eisenberg, S. Walter Englander, Bertil Hille, Barry Honig, Wayne Hubbell, Hugh E. Huxley, William P. Jencks, Jack H. Kaplan, Peter S. Kim, Susan Lowey, J. Andrew McCammon, Harden M. McConnell, Gerard Meissner, Peter B. Moore, V. Adrian Parsegian, Thomas D. Pollard, Frederic M. Richards, Michael G. Rossman, Harold Scheraga, Andrew P. Somlyo, Avril V. Somlyo, Robert M. Stroud, Andrew G. Szent-Gyorgyi, Thomas E. Thompson, Richard W. Tsien, Watt W. Webb, Annemarie Weber

Founders Award

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. The awardee receives an honoratium of $2,000.

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee

  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members

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

2018 Awardee

James Spudich

Stanford University

Past Awardees

2017: Donald E. Ingber
2016: Steven Block
2015: Harold Scheraga
2014: Arieh Warshel
2013: Peter von Hippel
2012: Sunney Xie
2011: Attila Szabo
2010: S. Walter Englander
2009: Keiichi Namba
2008: Peter G. Wolynes
2007: Clara Franzini-Armstrong
2006: William A. Eaton
2005: Thomas G. Spiro
2004: Carlos Bustamante
2003: Irwin Kuntz
2002: Barry Honig

2001: M. Thomas Record
2000: Carolyn Cohen
1999: Robert L. Baldwin
1998: Michael G. Rossmann
1997: William H. Woodruff
1996: Ignacio Tinoco, Jr.
1995: David A. Yphantis
1994: Gary K. Ackers
1993: David J. DeRosier and Joachim Frank
1992: Robert M. Glaeser
1991: Wayne L. Hubbell
1990: Joel Brown
1989: Ramon Latorre
1988: Seymour H. Koenig
1987: Lawrence B. Cohen
1986: George Eisenman


Emily M. Gray Award

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 award is given biennually.  The winner receives an honorarium of $2000.

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  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

2018 Awardee

Madeline Shea

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Past Awardees

2017: Enrique M. De La Cruz
2016: Douglas Robinson
2015: Meyer Jackson
2014: Alberto Diaspro
2013: Louis de Felice
2012: Kenneth Dill and Sarina Bromberg
2011: Bertil Hille
2010: Greta Pifat-Mrzljak
2009: Philip C. Nelson
2008: Donald M. Crothers

2007: John Steve Olson
2006: Ignacio Tinoco, Jr.
2005: Barry R. Lentz
2004: Richard D. Ludescher
2003: Michael Summers
2002: Norma Allewell
2001: Jane Richardson
2000: Charles Cantor and Paul Schimmel
1999: Kensal E. van Holde
1998: Muriel S. Prouty


Kazuhiko Kinosita Award in Single Molecule Biophysics

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 $2,500.

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee

  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members

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

2018 Awardee

Taekjip Ha

Johns Hopkins University

Past Awardees

2017: Shin'ichi Ishiwata

US Genomics Award Past Awardees

2011: Toshio Yanagida
2010: Jane Clarke
2009: Julio M. Fernandez
2008: Steven M. Block
2007: Howard C. Berg
2006: James A. Spudich


Ignacio Tinoco Award of the Biophysical Society

The Ignacio "Nacho" Tinoco Award of the Biophysical Society honors the scientific contributions, work, and life of an outstanding biophysical chemist, educator, and mentor. Tinoco’s contributions to the spectroscopic, thermodynamic, structural, and single-molecule study of biopolymers consistently deepened our understanding of fundamental biophysical principles, constantly moving this field toward new frontiers. Through his unconditional devotion to science, he established a highly cooperative, generous, inclusive, and friendly environment for scientific discovery and advancement that should be honored and perpetuated. Accordingly, this award is intended to 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 $2,500.

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 Application through the online portal and required documents in PDF Format.
     

Nominations packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Nomination Application through the online portal. You will need to have the name of the nominee, name of the nominator, and names of those who will write supporting letters. All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  2. Letter describing qualifications of the nominee

  3. Two supporting letters from other Society members

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