Society Prizes

Through its awards program, the Society for Mathematical Biology honors its members and recognizes excellence in mathematical biology. Nominations for the awards are solicited and evaluated by the Society for Mathematical Biology Awards Committee.

Nomination Process
The Society is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Society prizes through March 31st, 2018. Society members are encouraged to nominate candidates by submitting the required materials in PDF format to the Society Secretary. The nominator must submit:

  • Contact information for the nominators and nominee,
  • A letter (no more than 4 pages) describing the nominee’s qualifications and commenting on the nominee’s scientific contributions for the society award,
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including all publications, and
  • Two supporting letters.

Nominees may be affiliated with non-academic institutions, however, please note that Society membership is a requirement for the nominator, and nominee.

The Society offers awards in eight different categories:

Akira Okubo Prize
The Akira Okubo Prize honors outstanding and innovative theoretical work, for establishing superb conceptual ideas, for solving tough theoretical problems, and/or for uniting theory and data to advance a biological subject. The prize is jointly administered by the Society for Mathematical Biology and the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology. The Akira Okubo Prize consists of a cash prize of $500 and a certificate given to the recipient. The Okubo Prize winner is expected to give a talk at the joint meeting of the SMB and JSMB, the SMB, or the JSMB annual meetings. In 2019, the prize will be awarded to a junior investigator (assistant professor or equiavelent). For specific information and eligibility requirements, visit the Akira Okubo Prize site.

Arthur T. Winfree Prize
The Arthur T. Winfree Prize honors a theoretician whose research has inspired significant new biology. Nominations of individuals to be considered for the prize may focus on a single paper or series of papers which illustrate the close connection between theory and experiments, or may be based upon a larger body of theoretical work produced by the individual which has led to significant new biological understanding affecting observation/experiments. The Winfree Prize consists of a cash prize of $500 and a certificate given to the recipient. The winner is expected to give a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. For specific information and eligibility requirements, visit the Arthur Winfree Prize site.

Distinguished Service Award
The Society for Mathematical Biology Distinguished Service Award honors service in the field of mathematical biology, service for the Society of Mathematical Biology, and contributions beyond achievements in research. The award recipient will receive a cash award of $500 and a certificate at the award ceremony in the Annual Meeting of the Society. For specific information and eligibility requirements, visit the Distinguished Service Award site.

H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award
The H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award recognizes the scientific contributions made by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who is making exceptional scientific contributions to mathematical biology. The award is acknowledged with a certificate, and a cash prize of USD $500. The award recipient will receive a certificate at the Society for Mathematical Biology Awards Ceremony, and an invitation to attend to the Annual Meeting of the Society. In 2019, the prize will be awarded to a postdoctoral fellow. For specific information and eligibility requirements, visit the H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award site.

John Jungck Prize for Excellence in Education
The John Jungck Prize for Excellence in Education is given for significant contributions to education in mathematical biology, including a distinguished record of excellence in classroom instruction, mentorship of research scientists at any level, development of novel educational methods, materials, or programs, promotion of scientific outreach efforts to the public or to youth, a track record of attracting new students to the field of mathematical biology, or creation of an environment exceptionally conducive to education in mathematical biology. The prize consists of a cash prize of $500 and a certificate given to the recipient. The winner is expected to give a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. For specific information and eligibility requirements, visit the John Jungck Prize for Excellence in Education site.

Leah Edelstein-Keshet Prize
The Leah Edelstein-Keshet Prize recognizes a woman with a demonstrated track record of exceptional scientific contributions to mathematical biology and/or has effectively developed mathematical models impacting biology. The recipient exemplifies a high level of scientific endeavor, and leadership. The prize consists of a cash prize of $500 and a certificate given to the recipient. The winner is expected to give a talk at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. In 2019, the prize will be awarded to an established scientist (associate/full professor or equivalent). For specific information and eligibility requirements, visit the Leah Edelstein-Keshet Prize site.

Lee A. Segel Prize for Best Papers
The Lee Segel Prize honors outstanding contributions to the field of mathematical biology published in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. There are two categories: the Best Paper Award, and Best Student Paper Award. The Lee Segel Prizes are awarded every two years in even years. Papers published in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology published in the previous two years are eligible. The Best Paper Award consists of $3000 USD and an invitation for one of the authors to present the paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. The Best Student Paper Award consists of $2000 USD and an invitation for one of the authors to present the paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Recipients are selected by the Award Committee without nominations.

Society for Mathematical Biology Fellows
The Society for Mathematical Biology Fellows Program honors members of the Society who are recognized by the scientific and scholarly community as distinguished for their contributions to the discipline. The society can aim to name up to two fellows every two years. The award will consist of a certificate, which it will be handed in the Awards ceremony at the Annual Meeting. For specific information and eligibility requirements, visit the Fellows Program site.

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