Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Applications

Nominations Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Gregorio Weber Award for Excellence in Fluorescence Theory and Applications, sponsored by ISS, Inc, is intended to recognize and honor distinguished investigators who have significant and original contributions to the advancement and applications of fluorescence techniques. Awardees will receive a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium which will be presented to the honoree at the Fluorescence Biological Subgroup meeting during the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. The award is named after Professor Gregorio Weber, who pioneered the developments in the theory and the application of fluorescence techniques to biology and biochemistry.


  • Nominees must be senior-level researchers with a rank of full professor, lab director or equivalent.

Nomination packets must include the following:

  • 1-2 page description of the individual's accomplishments and their relevance to the field.
This award is sponsored by the Biological Fluorescence Subgroup.

Young Fluorescence Investigator Award

Nomination Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Young Fluorescence Investigator Award is given to an outstanding researcher at the beginning of his or her career for significant advancements and/or contributions in or using fluorescence methodologies. This award is sponsored by Horiba Jobin Yvon and consists of a $1,000 honorarium and an invitation to present a 20-minute research talk at the Subgroup Meeting during the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting.


  • All pre-tenure faculty or junior level investigators who have completed their Ph.D. and are working in the field of fluorescence; self-nominations are not allowed.

Nominations packets must include the following:

  • Letter of Nomination that highlights how the candidate's work represents novel and exciting applications of fluorescence to biology and biophysics
  • Include the candidate's CV, a reprint which exemplifies the candidate’s contribution and three letters of support.
This award is sponsored by the Biological Fluorescence Subgroup.

Young Bioenergeticist Award

Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2019

The Young Bioenergeticist Award is given to outstanding graduate students and postdocs as voted on by the members of the Bioenergetics Subgroup Council. The Young Bioenergeticist Award is based on the candidate's track record of accomplishments as well as the candidate's abstract that will be presented at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting.


  • Graduate students/postdoctoral fellows working in the bioenergetics field

Nominations packets must include the following:

  • CV of the nominee
  • Letters of recommendation (including one from the mentor, who must be a subgroup member) 
  • A copy of the abstract submitted to the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting
This award is sponsored by the Bioenergetics Subgroup.

Junior Faculty Award

Nomination Deadline: November 30, 2018

The purpose of the Award is to boost the visibility of a beginning faculty member whose research and recent achievements focus on cutting-edge investigations of biomolecular processes in living organisms. The research can involve computation, theory or experiment. The winner will present a featured talk at the 2019 Biopolymers in Vivo subgroup symposium on Mar 2 in Baltimore, MD.

The BIV Awards Committee that selects the winner is comprised of the BIV Executive Committee, the two immediate Past Chairs, and the BIV Student and Postdoc Representatives. The outcome will be announced by December 31, 2018.


Candidates must be a member of the subgroup and be employed by a research university at the tenure-track assistant professor level. The Award comprises a plaque and a check for $2000 to be awarded at our symposium. The winner must register for the meeting at his/her own expense, but the subgroup will try to reimburse travel costs, pending success in obtaining sponsorships.

To apply, candidates must submit (1) a cover letter that includes a short statement about the significance of their past research accomplishments, (2) a one-page outline of current and future research plans with their "research vision", (3) a two-page curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, and (4) a letter of support from their department head. These items should be sent as a single pdf file to  Each candidate must also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent by the recommenders to the same email address.

This award is sponsored by the Biopolymers in vivo Subgroup.

Sir Bernard Katz Award

Nomination Deadline: 2019 application process is now closed.  

The Sir Bernard Katz Award for Excellence in Research on Exocytosis and Endocytosis is named after the investigator who established the exocytotic nature of synaptic transmission and discovered the ligand-gated channel basis for the post-synaptic response. He is one of the founding fathers of biophysics and neuroscience.

About Bernard Katz:

Bernard Katz was born on March 26, 1911, in Leipzig, Germany, of Russian Jewish origin. His early education was at the Albert Gymnasium in Leipzig (1921-1929). He then studied Medicine at the University of Leipzig and obtained his MD in 1934.

Katz fled Germany in 1935 and was accepted as a Ph.D. student by Professor A.V. Hill at University College, London (UCL), where he worked until August 1939. He referred to Hill as his greatest scientific influence and later described this period as “the most inspiring period of my life.” Katz then left Britain for Sydney, Australia, where he worked with John Eccles and Stephen Kuffler. In 1941 he became a naturalized British citizen, and in 1942 he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and served as a Radar Officer in the South West Pacific until the end of the war. Immediately after the war Hill invited Katz to return to UCL in 1946 as Assistant Director of Research and Henry Head Research Fellow. During this period, he presented the first description of inward rectification and demonstrated, together with Alan Hodgkin, that the overshoot of the action potential results from an influx of Na+. In 1952 Katz succeeded Hill as Professor of Biophysics at UCL (he headed a department there until his retirement in 1978). Katz also married Marguerite "Rita" Penly, and they had two children, David and Jonathan, during this time.

During the 1950s, Katz and Paul Fatt observed spontaneous miniature synaptic currents and developed the “quantal hypothesis” that is the basis for our current understanding of neurotransmitter release as exocytosis and for which he received the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology (together with Ulf von Euler and Julius Axelrod) in 1970. In the late 1960s, Ricardo Miledi and Katz advanced the hypothesis that depolarization-induced influx of Ca2+ triggers exocytosis. In the early 1970s, Miledi and Katz quantified the voltage noise induced in muscle by acetylcholine to infer properties of single ion channels before they could be directly measured and thus opened the era of molecular neuroscience.

In addition to his scientific achievements, Katz was also admired for his crisp, unpretentious writing style. He remained scientifically active long after his retirement. Katz's wife died in 1999, and he himself died at age 92 on April 20, 2003.

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This award is sponsored by the Exocytosis & Endocytosis Subgroup.

Kenneth S. Cole Award

Nomination Deadline: October 26, 2018

The Kenneth S. Cole Award is given to one or more investigators in the field of membrane biophysics, in recognition of their research achievements as well as their potential for future contributions. The recipient of the Award will be selected by the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will be established annually consisting of the Chair, the Chair-elect, the past-Chair and two Subgroup members who are not Subgroup Officers, and who will be appointed by the Chair for a one-year term. Nominations may be made by any Subgroup member. The nomination package must include the nominee’s curriculum vitae as well as a brief statement summarizing the nominee’s qualifications, contributions and potential for future achievements. One or more letters of support may also be enclosed, which need not be from members of the Subgroup. The Award will be presented at the subgroup dinner following the Saturday afternoon symposium at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting.


  • Investigator who has made a substantial contribution to the understanding of membrane biophysics
    Nomination packets must include the following:
    A brief statement summarizing the qualifications of the nominee, emphasizing the contributions that the nominee has made to membrane biophysics, and a CV.
This award is sponsored by the Membrane Biophysics Subgroup.

Thomas E. Thompson Award

Nomination Deadline: July 1, 2018

The Thomas E. Thompson award recognizes an outstanding contribution in the field of membrane structure and assembly.

The award will be presented at the Membrane Structure and Assembly Subgroup (MSAS) symposium during the Annual Meeting. The winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and will be invited to present an award lecture at the symposium.

Goals of the Award: Promote excellence in research in membrane structure and assembly. Increase the visibility of MSAS members within the Biophysical Society. Celebrate the legacy of Thomas E. Thompson, a pioneer in the field of membrane structure and assembly, and a former president of the Biophysical Society and Editor-in-Chief of the Biophysical Journal.


Nominees must have made an exceptional contribution to our understanding of membrane structure and assembly. Nominees must have an active research program. Preference will be given to mid-career researchers who have not previously been recognized by a Biophysical Society award. Nominees must be a member of the MSAS.

Nomination packets must include the following:

  • A nomination letter from an MSAS member
  • Two supporting letters
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae

Selection Committee

  • The recipient will be chosen by the Awards Committee.
This award is sponsored by the MSAS Subgroup.