Distinguished Scientist Award Criteria

The Society of In Vitro Biology established the Distinguished Scientist Award in 2014 to recognize outstanding mid-career scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology. This award can only be received once. A nomination application must be submitted to the awards committee by January 15 of the application award year. Applications may be submitted by email to [email protected]. A nomination packet is valid for two consecutive years provided the nominee meets the award criteria. After the second year, if the nominee was not awarded but still meets the criteria, a new nomination packet is required and may be submitted.

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  1. Nominee has completed his/her terminal degree at least 15 years prior to the award date;
  2. Nominee has been a member of SIVB for at least 5 years;
  3. Nominee is a current active SIVB member;
  4. Nominee is living.

Award criteria

  1. Nominee demonstrated significant and original basic and/or applied research contributions in the area of in vitro biology;
  2. Nominee has excellent record of publications including peer-reviewed journal papers, review articles and/or issued patents;
  3. Nominee had successful mentoring of graduate students, postdocs, staff members, visiting scientists, peers, etc; or successful management record.


  1. A plaque.
  2. Recipient will be eligible to receive reimbursement of expenses up to $1,000 to attend the Annual Meeting to receive the award. Award can only be offered when section has funds to cover expenses.
  3. Up to one per section per year.

Nomination Procedures:

Nomination packet should include:

  1. Completed award nomination form signed by two nominators (at least one nominator must have active SIVB membership);
  2. Two additional supporting letters from qualified members of the scientific community who are familiar with the nominee’s contribution;
  3. Nomination letter;
  4. Complete vitae of the nominee including all professional achievements especially in the field of in vitro biology.
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