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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.


  • NAS Award in Molecular Biology: Age Limit Extended
    The NAS Award in Molecular Biology recognizes a recent notable discovery by a young scientist (preferably no older than 45) who is a citizen of the United States. In certain cases, scientists up to 50 years of age are eligible for consideration. For example, having children or other life events that routinely add time to tenure clocks. For nominations of scientists over 45, please describe in the nomination letter why an age extension is appropriate. 

Looking Forward- Featured Recipient

Previous NAS award recipients continue to achieve outstanding advancements in their fields. Over 120 have received a National Medal of Science, 79 have received a Nobel Prize, and 49 have a Lasker Award. NAS Awards: Looking Forward checks back in with previous award recipients. 

NAS member Huda ZoghbiBaylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, received the 2016 Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal for her pioneering contributions to the fields of neurodegenerative proteinopathies, autism spectrum disorders, epigenetics, and developmental biology by coupling clinical observation and gene discovery with focused, in-depth mechanistic study. Her recent work is focused on better understanding Rett syndrome, a rare condition that causes girls to appear to lose the ability to speak and socialize, and develop tremors around 6 to 18 months of age. To hear more about her work, watch the video below.

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