Marietta Wheaton Saunders Award


The Marietta Wheaton Saunders Award was created to honor Marietta Wheaton Saunders (1954-2023), Managing Director of the Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) from 1993 – 2023. Mrs. Saunders was passionate about the research of the members of the Society. The goal of this award is to inspire African American and Hispanic students to contribute to the innovative science that is a trademark of the in vitro biology and biotechnology fields. Through this support, the awardee will have the opportunity to: (1) present his/her research to an audience of senior scientists at the annual meeting of the SIVB, (2) socialize with researchers actively working in his/her area of interest, (3) connect with members, often well known in the field, with the potential for development of a mentoring relationship, and (4) become an active participating member of the SIVB.The Marietta Wheaton Saunders Award is presented annually to an African American or Hispanic undergraduate or graduate student in the amount of $750 plus eligibility to receive the SIVB Travel Award up to an additional $500. This award is granted to one (1) student/year with the purpose of providing assistance to support their professional career development in the field of in vitro biology and/or biotechnology.The SIVB Student Award Program provides recognition and financial support for student’s who have contributed and made outstanding achievements in the field of in vitro biology. Students applying for the Marietta Wheaton Saunders Award must submit:
  1. An Official Abstract Submission (to be submitted online) and completed online Student Registration;
  2. A 4-page (maximum) letter indicating award(s) applying for, and narrative of methods, results, and supporting figures/tables as appropriate;
  3. Research director/supervisor certification that the work was performed by the student applicant;
  4. A letter of recommendation from a research advisor; and
  5. A 750-word essay highlighting both their intent for professional career in the field of in vitro biology or biotechnology and any challenges this opportunity will help them overcome.

Students competing for awards may apply for multiple awards, must satisfy specific award criteria, and must present their papers at the Meeting as scheduled. Winners will be notified prior to the meeting. The student awardees must present their submitted research papers and be present at the meeting award ceremony.

Your submission should be sent to:

Student Awards
Society for In Vitro Biology
672 Old Mill Rd., Suite 284
Millersville, MD 21108
Email: [email protected]

Application Deadline is January 31.

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