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Call for Nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Service Award

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented yearly as part of the NPA Annual Meeting. The award represents appreciation for an individual or group/entity that has demonstrated either a profound, sustained, or leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience. The award is presented in alternating years to either an individual or group/entity. In 2015, the award will be presented to a group/entity.

2015 Nomination Process

Deadline for submission: Friday, October 31, 2014

To submit a nomination, please provide the following:

  1. Brief description of the nominee (250-word limit).
  2. Letter(s) of nomination/support for the nominee.
  3. Up to three (3) supporting documents (for example, publications or websites).

Submit the nomination package electronically by e-mailing it in a PDF format to

The NPA Executive Committee will be responsible for reviewing nominations, and recommending a candidate to the NPA Board of Directors for the final selection.

Past Recipients

2004: Ruth Kirschstein, M.D., Senior Advisor to the Director, National Institutes of Health

2005: National Academies' Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy

2006: Laurel L. Haak, Ph.D., Science Director, Discovery Logics

2007: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

2008: Shirley Malcom, Ph.D., Director, Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2009: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

2010: Trevor Penning, Ph.D., Director, Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), University of Pennsylvania

2011: Science Careers and The Gladstone Institutes

2012: Philip Clifford, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Medical College of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin

2013: Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

2014: Shirley M. Tilghman, Ph.D., President Emerita and Professor of molecular biology, Princeton University

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