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Call for 2020 Nominations for ASPB Awards

Open January 3, 2020
Nomination Deadline: Wednesday February 19, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET)

According to ASPB’s bylaws, "The Society shall recognize meritorious research and service in plant biology by the presentation of awards to deserving individuals. Selection of individuals for awards shall be made by selection from the nominations submitted by the membership."

Member participation in this honors process is essential if the awards are to represent the judgment of the practitioners of the science.

It is important to have a substantial response to a request for nominations. The larger the group of nominees, the greater the value and meaningfulness of the ASPB awards program. Do not delay. By starting the nominating process now, meeting the deadline should pose no problem.

PLEASE NOTE: Letters of recommendation will still be accepted but are no longer required for any awards. Please see step 1 below for details.


Awards to be Presented in 2020: (Hover over titles to read more)

  • Charles Albert Shull Award
    Charles Albert Shull Award (ASPB Membership is Required)
    This award was initiated in 1971 by the Society to honor Dr. Charles A. Shull, whose personal interest and support were largely responsible for the founding and early growth of the Society. It is a monetary award made annually for outstanding investigations in the field of plant biology by a member who is generally under forty-five years of age on January 1st of the year of presentation, or is fewer than ten years from the granting of the doctoral degree. Breaks in careers will be considered when addressing the age limit of this award. The recipient is invited to address the Society at the annual meeting the following year.
  • Charles F. Kettering Award
    Charles F. Kettering Award
    This award was established by an endowment from the Kettering Foundation in 1962 to recognize excellence in the field of photosynthesis. It is a monetary award to be given in even-numbered years to an individual for meritorious work in photosynthesis. ASPB membership is not required.
  • Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award
    Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award (ASPB Membership is Required)
    This is the oldest award, established in l925 at the first annual meeting of the Society through the generosity of Dr. Charles A. Shull. It honors Dr. Charles Reid Barnes, the first professor of plant physiology at the University of Chicago. It is an annual award for meritorious work in plant biology; it provides a life membership in the Society to an individual who is at least sixty years old. Membership is a requirement for the award, and, if appropriate, every fifth award should be made to an outstanding plant biologist from outside the United States.
  • Early Career Award
    Early Career
    The Early Career Award was instituted by the Society’s executive committee in 2005 to recognize outstanding research by scientists at the beginnings of their careers. This award is a monetary award made annually for exceptionally creative, independent contributions by an individual, whether or not a member of the Society, who is who is generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation. Breaks in careers will be considered when addressing the time limit of this award.
  • Enid MacRobbie Corresponding Membership Award
    Enid MacRobbie Corresponding Membership Award (ASPB Membership is Required)
    This honor, initially given in 1932, provides life membership and Society publications to distinguished plant biologists from outside the United States in recognition of their contributions to ASPB and to plant biology. The honor is conferred by election on the annual ballot. The committee selects no more than three (3) candidates, and these are placed on the ballot for approval of corresponding membership by majority vote. The president notifies successful candidates of their election. Election of a corresponding member is to be considered each year, and held if warranted, provided the election will not increase the number of corresponding members beyond two (2) percent of the dues-paying membership. Membership is a requirement for this award.
  • Excellence in Education Award
    Excellence in Education Award
    This award, initiated in 1988, recognizes outstanding teaching, mentoring, and/or educational outreach in plant biology by an individual, whether or not a member of the Society. It is a monetary award to be made annually in recognition of excellence in teaching, leadership in curricular development, or authorship of effective teaching materials in the science of plant biology.
  • Fellow of ASPB Award
    Fellow of ASPB Award (ASPB Membership is Required)
    Established in 2007, the Fellow of ASPB Award may be granted to current members in recognition of direct service to the Society and distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology. Areas of contribution may include education, mentoring, outreach, research and professional and public service. Examples of relevant Society service include, but are not restricted to, service on or on behalf of ASPB committees, service on editorial boards of ASPB journals, and active involvement in ASPB meetings. Current members of ASPB who have contributed to and been members of the Society for at least 10 years cumulative prior to their nomination are eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Fellow of ASPB honor, which may be granted to no more than 0.2% of the current membership each year, receive a certificate of distinction and a lapel pin.
  • Lawrence Bogorad Award
    Lawrence Bogorad Award
    The Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research was instituted by the Society in 2006 to honor Dr. Bogorad’s many contributions to plant biology, including his influential efforts to bring the techniques of molecular biology to bear on problems in plant biology; his groundbreaking research on chloroplast genetics, bio-genesis, structure, and function; and his inspired teaching and mentoring. The ASPB Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology is a monetary award made biennially to a plant scientist, whether or not a member of the Society, whose work both illuminates the present and suggests paths to enlighten the future.
  • Robert Rabson Award
    Robert Rabson Award
    The Robert Rabson Award, first given by the Society in 2012, recognizes Bob Rabson’s steadfast advocacy of plant biology through creation of funding programs in the Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences. The award recognizes postdoctoral scholars and faculty-level early career scientists, whether or not members of the Society, in academic, government and corporate research institutions who have made excellent contributions in the area of bioenergy research. The award is made biennially to a researcher who is no more than five years post-PhD on January 1st of the year of presentation, with consideration of breaks in career relative to this time-frame. The award recipient is given a monetary award and a one-year membership in the Society.
  • Stephen Hales Prize
    Stephen Hales Prize (ASPB Membership is Required)
    This award honors the Reverend Stephen Hales for his pioneering work in plant biology published in his 1727 book Vegetable Staticks. It is a monetary award established in 1927 for an ASPB member who has served the science of plant biology in some noteworthy manner. The award is made annually. The recipient of the award is invited to address the Society on a subject in plant biology at the next annual meeting.

ASPB Awards Nominating Procedures:

Lists of previous award winners are available on our website. Simply click on the award name of interest and select the "Past Winners" tab.

Any ASPB member may serve as a nominator and may nominate individuals for more than one award. Making a nomination is a simple two-step procedure. As you prepare the nominating package, remember to:

  • State the award for which the person is being nominated.
  • Provide your name and e-mail address.
  • Provide the nominee’s name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.


Assemble a nomination package that includes the following items:

  • 1-2 page letter of nomination in which you state the nominee’s qualifications for the award (contributions relevant to the objective of the award and significance of those contributions).
  • A curriculum vitae or resume, or a short description of the nominee that includes information such as education, positions held, accomplishments, previous honors or awards, past service to ASPB or to the profession, and a list of key publications/patents where appropriate.


Submit the nomination package by Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). All nominations must be submitted electronically. Please submit your nomination as a Single PDF file.


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If you are unable to login to the nomination awards system, or have questions, please contact:

Sylvia Lee
American Society of Plant Biologists
Executive and Governance Affairs Administrator
15501 Monona Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Email: slee@aspb.org
Phone: 301-296-0898
Fax: 301-279-2996

NOTE: Nominators are required to update their previous year's nomination and resubmit as new for this award cycle if they want to continue supporting their original nomination and/or there are new credentials or supporting data to add to the file. Nominations for the last three award cycles are kept by ASPB so please contact Sylvia Lee if you would like to access a PDF of your previous year’s nomination. A list of recent past winners is available at www.aspb.org/awards-funding/aspb-awards/ for your reference. Simply click on the award name and select the past winners tab.