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 IDEA Award

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Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2021


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 2nd 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(s) will each receive a plaque at the annual meeting of ASN/SSB/SSE and a $1000 honorarium (shared among recipients if more than one).

***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. Nomination Letter: A single letter of support (1-2 pages) including biographical information (name, title, organization) of the person or group being nominated, along with a short description of the activities supporting the nomination. The letter must also include a section on the nature of the impact the person or group has had on inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field. For self-nominations, this letter should be written by someone familiar with the activities of the nominee.
  2. Biosketch: A brief biosketch or list of activities (maximum 3 pages) for the person/group nominated.
  3. Optional Supplementary Material: Any material you believe clarifies the activities of the nominee relevant to this award (maximum 3 pages)

Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2021 by going to the award nomination form:

For more information about the ASN Diversity Committee, see