The American Society of Human Genetics honors excellence in the field through a variety of awards programs each year that strive to recognize accomplishment throughout the field embers across spans of career stage and backgrounds. More information on awards that appear at the annual meeting are below.

Professional Awards

ASHG Honors Charles Rotimi & Sarah Tishkoff with 2019 Curt Stern AwardEach year, ASHG recognizes outstanding members of the human genetics and genomics community with its 7 annual professional awards. Nominations are collected from members each spring and winners are recognized at the ASHG Annual Meeting. View the 2022 awardees here and view their acceptance presentations here.

American Journal of Human Genetics and Human Genetics and Genomics Advances Awards

Each September, the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics selects two trainee-authored articles published in AJHG in the previous year that best represent outstanding scientific contributions to the field of human genetics. These two authors are awarded the C.W. Cotterman Award with a monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque. Beginning in 2022, the editorial board of Human Genetics and Genomics Advances also selects two junior investigator-authored articles published in HGGA for recognition. Winners are announced in October.

Charles J Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research

Qualifying trainee abstract authors will be asked to indicate interest during the abstract submission process.

 ASHG offers the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research awards for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. These merit-based awards recognize highly competitive abstracts submitted and presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting.  A listing of this year’s semi-finalist and finalists will be available in September. Winners are selected at the Annual Meeting and announced in late October.

Developing Country Awardees gathered to celebrate their research accomplishments at the 2019 Diversity Reception.Developing Country Awards

Qualifying abstract authors are asked to indicate interest during the abstract submission process

ASHG provides up to 10 awards to individuals living in countries categorized by the World Bank as having low-income or lower-middle-income economies (see the list of eligible countries). Award recipients receive up to $3,000 (USD) for meeting-related travel expenses, complimentary meeting registration, and complimentary membership. For more information on ASHG’s Developing Country Awards, please visit our website. A listing of this year’s recipients will be available in August.

Human Genetic Scholars Initiative:

The Human Genetics Scholars Initiative is a 2-year intensive mentorship program for individuals from underrepresented groups aimed at Identifying, mentoring, and helping prepare a select group of high-potential, diverse early-career individuals for professional success.


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