Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award

This award is intended for outstanding members of the SMBE community who are in the midst of their research careers. The primary criterion is a record of truly outstanding research that has contributed broadly to the field of Molecular Biology and Evolution.  The prize includes recognition at the annual SMBE banquet, a cash prize of $2000 and a travel award to attend the annual meeting.  This award will be made annually.


2016 Margaret Dayhoff Mid-Career Award Winner:
Stephen I. Wright  

Stephen I. Wright is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Population Genomics at the University of Toronto. He completed an M.Sc. at McGill University with Dan Schoen and Thomas Bureau, his PhD with Deborah Charlesworth at the University of Edinburgh, and a postdoctoral fellowship with Brandon Gaut at the University of California Irvine.  His research interests focus on plant population and evolutionary genomics, with a particular interest in the genomic consequences of mating system evolution, quantification of genome-wide positive and negative selection, and the evolution of transposable elements.

Award Information

Eligibility: Applicants must be between eight and fifteen years post Ph.D.* as of the nomination deadline, and should be Associate Professors or recently promoted Full Professor. Members of the SMBE Council are not eligible for any awards during their years on council or in the year immediately following their service.

Nomination:  Nomination will be an open process that begins with a call to SMBE members, typically early in the calendar year.

All nominations will include:

  • A nomination letter that includes a recommendation for the candidate.

  • A one page statement summarizing the candidates work and its fit to the award. 
  • A CV of the candidate.  
  • A second recommendation letter

Process:  The President will convene an awards committee who will choose among those nominated.  It may also choose not to award the prize if no suitable candidates are nominated.

 

*Years post-PhD may be modified in the case of extenuating circumstances, such as childbirth,  etc. Extenuating circumstances will be considered by the awards committee on a case-by-case basis.

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