ASB CAREER AWARDS
The ASB Career Awards are meant to honor individuals who have made incredible contributions to ASB, education, and the biological sciences. They are the most important awards we offer, but they require your participation; read the descriptions below carefully and consider nominating someone you know who deserves it. Use the Intent to Nominate Form below so we can walk you through the nomination.
ASB John Herr Lifetime Achievement Award
This prestigious award was established by the Association of Southeastern Biologists in 2007 to recognize unusually significant contributions by its members to the life of the Association and to biology in the southeastern US. The award was first presented to its namesake, Distinguished Professor Emeritus John Herr (Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina), by President Kim Marie Tolson in Columbia, South Carolina on April 20, 2007, on the occasion of the 68th Annual Meeting of the Association. This award is to be presented at an Annual Meeting of the Association to no more than one recipient, but there is no requirement that it be given every year.
A nominator wishing to submit a candidate for this award to the Association must prepare a nomination package on behalf of the candidate to the President of the Association by June 15th to be in competition for the award presented at the next Annual Meeting. If you are considering a nomination, please complete the intent form.
A recipient of this award must have contributed in ways that set them apart from other members of the Association. In particular, the recipient must have:
The nomination package must include
Once the nomination package is received, the President will appoint a committee consisting of three individuals, at least one of whom will be a Past President and the other two officers or former officers of the Association. That committee will consider all active packages and will report a nomination of a single award recipient (if any) to the President of the Association, who will present it to the Executive Committee (EC). Upon a majority vote in favor of the nomination from the EC members present at such a meeting, the President will appoint an individual (typically the most recent Past President) to prepare a plaque and citation to be presented by the President to the recipient at the awards banquet during the upcoming Annual Meeting.
Other nomination packages may be held over for consideration, for a maximum of two additional years, after which time unsuccessful packages will be returned to their nominators.
ASB Meritorious Teaching Award
The Association of Southeastern Biologists Meritorious Teaching Award is one of the highest honors for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level in biology in the U.S. Southeast. Since 1953, ASB has recognized one of its members for outstanding teaching most years at the ASB Annual Banquet, the closing event of each spring meeting. The winner of the award receives $1500. The Meritorious Teaching Award Committee seeks nominations from the ASB membership and selects the winner. The Meritorious Teaching Committee urges the membership to consider qualified candidates at their institutions or at other ASB associated institutions for nomination and to assume the responsibility of coordinating and submitting materials for candidates’ nominations.
If you know of a worthy candidate, please complete the intent form, so we can guide the process. The deadline for submission of the nomination package is in the spring (specifics can be found at the ASB Calendar.) Getting the packet together might take some time, so do not wait to the last minute.
Eligible candidates will
The nominator may be a current or former student or a colleague. Possible candidates may not nominate themselves. The nominator should assemble a portfolio which includes:
The purpose of documentation is to show the educational influence this candidate has made by virtue of his or her role as a biology professor. Letters should discuss activities of the candidate such as advising, mentoring, involving students in research, using innovative teaching methods, curriculum and/or course development, participation in study/travel/research programs, sponsoring science related groups such as Beta Beta Beta, innovative service to their institution, ASB, or the community, etc. Documentation by students or former students might include how the candidate influenced their development and contributed to their own achievements.
Nomination PAckage Requirements
The nominator will
A) Send a cover letter to the Chair of the ASB Meritorious Teaching Award Committee noting
B) Include with the cover letter all letters of support and other materials in one pdf file and send to the Chair of the ASB Meritorious Teaching Award Committee. The Chair of the Committee will acknowledge receipt of the materials.
C) Send signed hard copies of the letter of nomination and all supporting letters. The hard copies will be a part of a file of materials presented to the winning candidate. These letters are usually the most meaningful part of the award to the winning candidate. Please contact the Chair for the address to send the hard copies.
D) Make sure the winning candidate attends the ASB banquet or is present virtually to accept the award.
ASB Lucrecia Herr Outstanding Biology Teacher Award
This award honors an outstanding high school biology teacher in the state where the ASB Annual Meeting is held. The awardee is based on recognition of the teacher for outstanding service by the state or by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). The first award was given in 2002 as The Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and the award was renamed for Lucrecia Herr in 2010 in recognition of her distinguished service in academics. If no candidate is available, the Education Committee will decide possible alternatives.
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SABS annually presents this Award in memory of Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew’s untiring service to the public, to plant systematics, and to this organization. This award is presented to individuals who have also distinguished themselves in professional and public service that advances our knowledge and appreciation of the world of plants and their scientific, cultural, and aesthetic values, and/or exceptional service to the society. The first Bartholomew Award was presented to Aaron J. Sharp in 1989. Learn more about the Elizabeth Ann Bartholomew Award.