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Annual ASCB Kaluza Prizes Supported by Beckman Coulter

In 2014 the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), in collaboration with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, is awarding three cash prizes ($5,000, $3,000, and $1,000*) to honor academic excellence in graduate student research. Seven other finalists will receive travel awards to attend the ASCB/IFCB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, December 6-10. Six of the top 10 finalists will also be invited to speak at a minisymposium supported by Beckman Coulter at the Annual Meeting.

All applicants must be ASCB members and either current graduate students or researchers who received their PhD within two years of this year's application deadline. Both U.S. and international scientists are welcome to apply. Applicants who applied in 2013 are permitted to apply again. Not an ASCB member? No problem, join now. Grad students pay only $42 and postdocs only $66 to join ASCB.

A selection committee of renowned experts, chaired by ASCB President Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, will evaluate applications based on the significance and originality of scientific achievements in the broadly defined field of cell biology and basic biological sciences.

In keeping with guidelines from the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), candidates will be evaluated on the significance of discoveries they have made, not on the impact factor of the journals where results have been published. Candidates are strongly encouraged to articulate clearly and succinctly, in one page or less, what scholarly achievements they are most proud of and why those results could have not been achieved without their specific contribution. Finalists will be asked for a recommendation letter in mid-August.

The application deadline is July 31, 2014. Submit a one-page essay describing what you have accomplished (maximum 600 words) and your CV in one combined PDF. Applicants will be notified in early October. The awards will be presented to the winners at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting in Philadelphia, December 6-10. Any questions? Please contact Thea Clarke.

For more information on Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Inc., visit www.beckmancoulter.com

*Prizes are subject to federal and state tax.




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