Awards (Updated 6/5/06)

2006 Competition Results

  • Walter M. Fitch Prize
    Jennifer Cork
    North Carolina State University
    Characterizing three candidate balanced polymorphisms in Arabidopsis thaliana: a reverse genetics approach

  • Walter M. Fitch Prize
    Joanna Kelley
    University of Washington
    Positive selection in primate tooth enamelin and evidence for human population specific adaptation

  • Lifetime Work Award
    Tomoko Ohta
    National Institute of Genetics, Japan
    Contributions to Evolutionary Genetics

  • Council Service Award
    Brian Golding
    McMaster University
    Distinguished contributions toward fostering Molecular Evolutionary Biology

  • Best Graduate Student Poster
    D. Allan Drummond
    California Institute of Technology
    Protein misfolding as a dominant regulator of sequence evolution

  • Best Post-Doctoral Poster
    Heather Norton
    University of Arizona
    Sequence Variation in the Human Pigmentation Candidate Gene SLC24A5


Contestants for Fitch Student Prize

  • Anne Fischer (Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • Joanna Kelley (University of Washington)
  • Adam Boyko (Cornell University)
  • Carolin Kosiol (EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute)
  • Brian Tuch (University of California, San Francisco)
  • Jennifer Cork (North Carolina State University)
  • Ryan Garrick (La Trobe University)
  • Yi Xing (University of California, Los Angeles)

Graduate Student Travel Awardees

  • Steffen Beisswanger (University of Munich (LMU))
  • Bastien Boussau (Université Lyon 1 Claude Bernard)
  • Hua Chen (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Nathaniel Clark (University of Washington)
  • D. Allan Drummond (California Institute of Technology)
  • Weilong Hao (McMaster University)
  • Ryan Hernandez (Cornell University)
  • Amanda Larracuente (Cornell University)
  • John Masly (University of Rochester)
  • Pleuni Pennings (University of Munich (LMU))

Undergraduate Student Travel Awardees

  • Holly Basta (Montana State University)
  • Katrina Claw (Arizona State University)
  • Valerie Limpright (University of British Columbia)
  • Tessa Robinson (Smith College)
  • Tara Swope (Montana State University)
  • Randa Tao (University of Michigan)
  • Jana Lemau (Arizona State University)
  • Megan Quinn (Pennsylvania State University)

Walter M. Fitch Prize
Beginning with the first annual meeting of the SMBE in 1993, the Walter M. Fitch Symposium has provided a forum for young investigators to showcase their exemplary research. (See last year's participants)
  Eligibility
Members of the SMBE who are either current graduate students or postdoctoral researchers (who received the primary doctoral-level degree no earlier than May 1, 2005). (Become an SMBE member)

Application
Submit an abstract and indicate your interest in this award.

Selection
8-10 individuals will be selected to enter the competition on the basis of the abstracts submitted.

Presentation
Each contestant will make a 20-minute platform presentation in the Fitch Award Competition Symposium on May 25, 2006. The winner will be chosen based on these presentations.

Travel Award
Each selected contestant will receive a travel award to cover the cost of airfare, accommodations, and meeting registration expenses.  The travel award amount will not exceed US $1,000 for each domestic US contestant and $1,500 for each international contestant.

Additional Awards
Each participant will receive an online student/postdoc MBE subscription for the year of 2007. The winner will be awarded US $1,000.


Graduate Student Travel Award
SMBE announces competition for 10 graduate students travel awards.
  Eligibility
Members of the SMBE who are currently enrolled as graduate students. (Become an SMBE member)

Application
Submit an abstract and indicate your interest in this award. A graduate student can enter the Walter M. Fitch Prize and the Graduate Travel Award competitions at the same time.

Selection
10 individuals will be chosen to receive the award on the basis of the abstracts submitted.

Presentation
Each awardee will make a 15-minute platform presentation in a symposium.  The symposium will be assigned based on the awardees' research description.

Travel Award
Each awardee will receive funds to cover the cost of airfare, accommodations, and meeting registration expenses for the 2006 meetings at ASU.  The travel award amounts are US $1,000 for each US contestant and US $1,500 for each international contestant.

Additional Awards
Each participant will receive an online student MBE subscription for the year of 2007.


Travel Award for Undergraduate Students from Under-Represented Groups
The SMBE is pleased to make available 10 travel awards for undergraduate students from under-represented and minority groups.
  Eligibility
Candidates must be currently enrolled as undergraduate students (Bachelor's level degree) at the time of application and be from under-represented groups (e.g., minority groups and women).

Application
Submit an abstract and indicate your interest in this award.

Selection
10 individuals will be chosen to receive the award on the basis of the abstracts submitted.

Presentation
Each awardee will be required to make either a platform or a poster presentation.  The assignments of symposium and poster sessions will be based on the awardees' research description.

Travel Award
Awardees will receive a travel award to cover the cost of airfare, accommodations, and meeting registration expenses.  The travel award amounts are US $1,000 for each US contestant and US $1,500 for each international contestant.

Additional Awards
Awardees will receive online student MBE subscriptions for the year of 2007.


Best Graduate Student Poster Award
This award will be given to the graduate student with the most outstanding poster presentation at the conference, as determined by appointed SMBE judges.
  Eligibility
Candidates must be current graduate students.

Application
All posters presented by graduate students are automatically entered in this competition. 

Award
The awardee will receive a certificate and books.


Best Postdoctoral Student Poster Award
This award will be given to the postdoctoral student with the most outstanding poster presentation at the conference, as determined by appointed SMBE judges.
  Eligibility
Candidates must have completed their graduate degree and should be currently conducting post-doctoral research.

Application
All posters presented by postdoctoral students are automatically entered in this competition. 

Award
The awardee will receive a certificate and books.


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