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The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is an international organization whose goals are to provide facilities for association and communication among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolution, as well as its practitioners and teachers. In order to accomplish these goals, the Society publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution. The Society sponsors an annual meeting, as well as smaller satellite meetings or workshop on important, focused, and timely topics. It also confers honors and awards to students and researchers.

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Call for Best Graduate Student Paper of 2021 Nominations

Dear SMBE Members,

SMBE is calling for nominations for Best Graduate Student Papers of 2021. These awards provide recognition for outstanding papers in both our SMBE journals,  Molecular Biology & Evolution (MBE) and Genome Biology & Evolution (GBE). There will be one Best Graduate Student Paper award for each journal. Like last year, each journal may also name up to 3 ‘honorable mentions’ for outstanding runners-up.

All articles published in the calendar year 2021 are eligible for nomination. This corresponds to papers published in the printed volume 38 in MBE and volume 13 in GBE. Please see below for additional information on eligibility.

Winners will receive a prize each of US$ 500, runners up a prize each of US$ 100.

Best Regards, 
James McInerney
President, SMBE

Eligibility & Nomination

1. All articles published in the two SMBE journals, Molecular Biology & Evolution and Genome Biology & Evolution (one prize for each journal), in the calendar year 2021 are automatically eligible if the final publication date of the nominated paper is not more than two years later than the date of the nominee's Ph.D.

2. The nominated graduate student must be the first author or joint first-author of the nominated paper.

3. An article and its first author can be nominated by anyone; self-nominations are acceptable.

4. A signed letter from the Ph.D. advisor, MSc advisor, or equivalent, confirming that the paper was part of the nominee’s thesis or graduate work is required.

5. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 15, 2022.

How to Enter

Please send the name of the nominee, a scan of the signed advisor letter, and the name of the paper for which the award is to be considered as a SINGLE PDF to smbe@allenpress.com. Please use the email subject line "MBE/GBE Best Student Paper Nomination", deleting journal name as appropriate.

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  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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We are excited to announce SMBEeverywhere!

Dear SMBE Members,
We are excited to announce SMBE's Global Symposia series for 2022-23, SMBEeverywhere! We have a terrific slate of symposia topics and are thrilled to bring these events to our members free of charge. If you are not yet a member, please join SMBE so that you can attend. The first symposium is slated for July 11, 2022, so please mark your calendars for this event!
SMBEeverywhere will be a series of ten virtual, 1-day Global Symposia which will occur in time zones across the globe starting in July 2022 and running through April 2023. Each GS will consist of plenary talks, contributed talks, a poster session, and time for discussion. Talks will be delivered via livestream, and recorded when possible. All recorded talks and posters will be available in the Gathertown space until June 2023, allowing for real-time interactions both during and between each GS throughout the year.
Please visit the SMBEeverywhere website for a glimpse of the GS themes and dates for this year. Registration will be opening May 10, 2022 and will be available throughout the year. You can register for as many events as you would like to attend! Abstract submissions are now open, and deadlines for each GS are listed, as well as the invited speakers and organizers. A special thank you to all of our organizers, we appreciate the hard work you have already put into making SMBEeverywhere happen!
Sincerely,
Sarah Schaack and Stephen Wright
SMBEeverywhere Co-Organizers

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  • Tuesday, May 03, 2022
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SMBE IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) 2022 Proposal Call - Extended Deadline

Dear SMBE Members,
SMBE, through the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) task force, aims to address systemic racism, sexism, colonialism and other exclusion in our society. With this in mind, a budget of up to $25,000 per year will be dedicated to initiatives that help reduce inequities in molecular biology and evolution research. The task force would therefore like to invite members of SMBE to propose initiatives that would take place in the year 2022/2023. Examples of initiatives could include, but are not limited to, workshops, symposia, training opportunities, stand-alone featured talks, or inequity data collection in particular groups, countries, or regions (to name a few). 
Guidelines and instructions for proposals
  • At least one of the organizers must be a member of SMBE. Please note that you can apply for a complementary SMBE membership by contacting the SMBE council.

  • A short description (between half and one full page) of the proposed idea should be submitted by email to smbe.contact@gmail.com for review by 23rd May 2022. This is the initial submission. Submissions should address how the proposal will help advance the goals of the SMBE IDEA task force. 

  • The initial submission should include the names and full contact information of all organizers and involved institutions. Universities/organizations providing additional financial support, if involved, should also be listed. 

  • Initial submissions will be reviewed and pre-selected by the IDEA task force, and candidates will be notified with a decision within 3 weeks after the initial submission deadline (by 6th June). 

  • If the initial submission is selected, organizers are expected to submit a full project plan by email to smbe.contact@gmail.com by 25th July 2022. This must include a budget and time plan, as well as relevance and expected short and long-term impacts of the initiative on inclusion, diversity, equity and/or inclusion. The IDEA task force commits to aiding organizers during the development of the project plan.

  • Successful proposals will be notified by 15th August 2022.

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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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SMBE IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) 2022 Proposal Call

Dear SMBE Members,
SMBE, through the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) task force, aims to address systemic racism, sexism, colonialism and other exclusion in our society. With this in mind, a budget of up to $25,000 per year will be dedicated to initiatives that help reduce inequities in molecular biology and evolution research. The task force would therefore like to invite members of SMBE to propose initiatives that would take place in the year 2022/2023. Examples of initiatives could include, but are not limited to, workshops, symposia, training opportunities, stand-alone featured talks, or inequity data collection in particular groups, countries, or regions (to name a few). 
Guidelines and instructions for proposals
  • At least one of the organizers must be a member of SMBE. Please note that you can apply for a complementary SMBE membership by contacting the SMBE council.

  • A short description (between half and one full page) of the proposed idea should be submitted by email to smbe.contact@gmail.com for review by 16th May 2022. This is the initial submission. Submissions should address how the proposal will help advance the goals of the SMBE IDEA task force. 

  • The initial submission should include the names and full contact information of all organizers and involved institutions. Universities/organizations providing additional financial support, if involved, should also be listed. 

  • Initial submissions will be reviewed and pre-selected by the IDEA task force, and candidates will be notified with a decision within 3 weeks after the initial submission deadline (by 6th June). 

  • If the initial submission is selected, organizers are expected to submit a full project plan by email to smbe.contact@gmail.com by 25th July 2022. This must include a budget and time plan, as well as relevance and expected short and long-term impacts of the initiative on inclusion, diversity, equity and/or inclusion. The IDEA task force commits to aiding organizers during the development of the project plan.

  • Successful proposals will be notified by 15th August 2022.

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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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SMBE Awards 2022: 30 April EXTENDED deadline for nominations and applications

Dear SMBE Members,

Please be reminded of the EXTENDED deadline approaching for:

1. The SMBE Graduate Student Excellence Award provides a forum for young investigators to showcase their exemplary research at the annual meeting. We showcase the winners of this award at the Graduate Student Excellence Symposium, which will be part of SMBE Everywhere symposia in 2022. More details for the symposium will follow in the coming months.

Eligibility: Current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are members of the Society and who received their primary doctoral-level degree no earlier than July 2021 are eligible. Eligibility extensions can be granted for any career disruption or delay; such an extension should be requested in a cover letter. Approximately eight winners will be selected every year to cover the broad spectrum of research covered by SMBE.

How to apply: You must email a scientific abstract (not to exceed 300 words for body of abstract), title of proposed presentation, and your Curriculum Vitae to smbe@allenpress.com.

The deadline for applications for this award is 30 April 2022.

2. SMBE seeks nominations for Faculty Awards for Early-Career Excellence, Mid-Career Excellence, Lifetime Contribution, and Community Service. Please consider nominating those of your colleagues you believe deserve to be rewarded for their extraordinary achievements and dedication to the field. Updated descriptions of the awards follow; please read them carefully. 

Nominations require a nomination letter, which should clearly indicate the award under consideration and also serve as a recommendation letter; a separate one-page summary of the nominee’s qualifications for the award; a CV of the nominee; and an additional letter of recommendation. Self-nomination is not allowed. The nominator need not be an SMBE member, but the nominee must be a member of SMBE to be considered for the award.

SMBE Early-Career Excellence Award

This annual award is intended for outstanding members of the SMBE community who are in the early stages of an independent research career (3-7 years post-Ph.D). The primary signal of research excellence is a trajectory of innovative, creative research that is moving the field of Molecular Biology and Evolution forward.  The ideal candidate will be one whose career embodies the values of the society, for example in mentoring, outreach, and teaching. The prize includes recognition at the annual SMBE banquet, a cash prize of $2000 and a travel award to attend the annual meeting. 

SMBE Mid-Career Excellence Award

This annual award is intended for outstanding members of the SMBE community who are in the midst of their research careers (8-15 years post-Ph.D.). The primary criterion is a record of truly outstanding research that has contributed broadly to the field of Molecular Biology and Evolution. The ideal candidate will be one whose career embodies the values of the society, for example in mentoring, outreach, and teaching. The prize includes recognition at the annual SMBE banquet, a cash prize of $2000 and a travel award to attend the a

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  • Tuesday, April 05, 2022
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Nominations for SMBE President-elect, Secretary and 2 Councilors

Submit your nominations by Friday, April 15, 2022

SMBE members are invited to submit nominations for SMBE President-Elect, Secretary and 2 Councilors whose terms will begin on January 1, 2023. All of these positions are for a duration of three years. As our society grows and thrives, council members play important roles in guiding its development and in soliciting and implementing programs that support our members, while enriching opportunities for young scientists from around the world, and overseeing our two excellent journals (MBE and GBE) as well as our annual meeting, regional meetings, and satellite meetings.

Please send your nominations with a brief statement in support of your suggestion (self-nominations are welcome) to Justin Blumenstiel and Nadia Singh. We ask the nominators to confirm explicitly that the person they are nominating has already confirmed their willingness to run for office. Please send your nominations by Friday, April 15, 2022. 
As the society grows and thrives, council members play important roles in guiding its development and in soliciting and implementing programs that support our members, while enriching opportunities for young scientists from around the world, and overseeing our two excellent journals (MBE and GBE) as well as our annual meeting, regional meetings, and satellite meetings.
Nominations will be reviewed by the nominations committee* who will then put forward a slate of two candidates for each position for membership vote.

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  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022
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