Awards

Graduate Student Research Paper Award

The Molecular Foundry User Executive Committee is happy to announce the first annual Graduate Student Research Paper Award of $1,000, generously supported by the AUM Sponsors, to be given to an exceptional first-authored student paper published between 2017-2019.  The paper must be based on work performed at the Molecular Foundry and acknowledge the Molecular Foundry, and the first author must have been a student when the majority of the work was performed, graduating no earlier than 2017.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Research paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Date of first publication should be 2017 or later.
  • The paper must be based on work performed at the Molecular Foundry.
  • Use of the Molecular Foundry must be acknowledged in the paper.
  • The first author graduate student should have graduated no earlier than 2017.
  • Nominations can be submitted by the student’s research advisor or by Molecular Foundry staff. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • Co-first-authored papers will be accepted. The contribution of each first author should be explained in detail.
  • Abstract submissions for an oral or poster presentation at the User Meeting are still encouraged, but the winner of the student paper award will be excluded from the poster competition.
  • The winner must be present at the Molecular Foundry User Meeting to receive the award. Travel support may be available on request.

Nomination and Selection Process

  • A statement summarizing the novelty and impact of the work (20 words maximum).
  • A nomination letter from the student’s Principal Investigator or Foundry Staff contact detailing the student’s contribution and role in the project, as well as the scientific merit and challenging aspects of their work. Because of the Foundry’s highly multidisciplinary nature, the nomination letter should use language suitable for non-experts in the field.
  • A short statement identifying which portion of the published work was carried out at the Molecular Foundry (50 words).
  • Student Curriculum Vitae
  • PDF copy of the manuscript
  • Nominations will be evaluated by the User Executive Committee.

Submission Process and Deadline

  • Nominations must be submitted here.
  • The deadline for submitting nominations is June 13th, 2019.
  • The winner will be notified by June 20th, 2019, and invited to give a 10-minute presentation of their paper at the Molecular Foundry User Meeting.
  • The winner will be announced at the Molecular Foundry User Meeting on August 21, 2019.

Prize

A $1,000 award, supported by the AUM Sponsors, will be awarded to the best first-author graduate student paper. The award winner will be announced on August 21st, 2019.

Please direct questions to Francesca Toma ([email protected]).

Outstanding Staff Service Award

The Molecular Foundry User Executive Committee (UEC) is soliciting nominations for the Outstanding Staff Service Award that will be ​presented on August 22nd, 2019 during the User Meeting. This annual award recognizes staff that have provided outstanding service by going above and beyond to support ​the user community.

Nomination materials

  • A nomination statement (300 word maximum) highlighting the nominated staff member’s efforts in supporting and assisting users, providing specific examples of the outstanding service.
  • Nominations may list additional users supporting the nomination. Supporters will be contacted by the User Executive Committee and required to confirm their support to the nomination.
  • Submit your nomination here.

Deadlines

  • Nominations will be accepted between May 13th and June 30th, 2019
  • Winner will be announced during lunch on the second day of the user meeting, August 22nd, 2019.

Please direct questions to Francesca Toma ([email protected]).