American Society of Naturalists

A membership society whose goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

Nominations for the Joint Council IDEA Award

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Nominations should be submitted by January 15, 2020.

The American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists announce the call for nominations for the 1st annual ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award. The IDEA Award will be given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient will receive a plaque at the annual meeting of ASN/SSB/SSE and a $1000 honorarium.

***Eligibility Note: No contemporary officer, editor, member of diversity committee, or meeting organizer of the three societies is eligible for the award.***

Nomination packages should include:

1)       A single letter including biographical information (name, title, organization) of the person or group being nominated, along with a short description (300 words or less) of the activities supporting the nomination.  The letter must also include a section on the nature of impact the person or group has had on inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field.  

2)       A brief biosketch or list of activities (maximum 3 pages) for the person/group nominated.

3)       Self-nominations are welcome and should be accompanied by a letter of support for the nomination from someone familiar with the activities of the nominee.

Nominations should be submitted by January 15, 2020 by going to the award nomination form: