In January 2023, as part of its response to the Facing Our History – Building an Equitable Future initiative findings, ASHG suspended the use of individual names for all of its awards, pending review of any affiliation with eugenics or other harms. Until decisions are made about a naming policy and practice, ASHG’s awards have only descriptive titles. While that review occurs, this award will be referred to as the AJHG Trainee Award. Formerly, it was the AJHG C.W. Cotterman Award.
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. Two AJHG Trainee Awards will be given annually, with a monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque presented to the recipients at the Annual Meeting.
To be awarded the AJHG Trainee Award, nominees must:
- Have published a paper in AJHG in the last year as first author
- Be a pre- or post- doctoral trainee
- Be an ASHG member