Beginning with the first annual meeting of the SMBE in 1993, the Walter M. Fitch Symposium has provided a forum for young investigators.


Members of the SMBE who are either current graduate students or postdoctoral researchers and who received the primary doctoral-level degree no earlier than one year before the first day of the month of an annual meeting are eligible for the Fitch Prize awarded at that meeting.

Memberships with or without a subscription to the Journal are available (


On the basis of abstracts submitted to the Chair of the Fitch Prize committee, the committee selects about 10 individuals to enter the competition. Contestants may receive partial travel support from the Society.