We will be accepting applications for conferences and
courses occurring between July 1—Decmber
31, 2014, in February.
In recognition of the critical role
DeLill Nasser played for the discipline
and for her love of genetics, in 2001
The Genetics Society of America
established The DeLill Nasser Award for
Professional Development in Genetics, an
award for graduate students and
postdoctoral trainees, to support travel
costs for young geneticists to attend
national and international meetings and
enroll in laboratory courses. The Award
is named for long-time GSA member and
National Science Foundation Program
Director in Eukaryotic Genetics, DeLill
Nasser, who died in 2000, was at NSF for
more than 22 years and was considered
the “patron saint” of genetics and
friend of many geneticists. She was
primarily interested “in the science”
and because of this interest championed
the funding of the genomic sequencing of
Arabidopsis and research in Drosophila.
Giving them time and support, Nasser
enabled researchers to work on genetic
problems, sometimes seemingly obscure,
which resulted in significant progress
in genetics research. For more about Nasser, please see the tribute published in the August 2001 issue of GENETICS.
Nasser was especially supportive of
young scientists, people who were
beginning their careers and those trying
to open new areas of genetic inquiry.
Review criteria for the award:
In the first round,
applications are judged on:
Significance of research:
MUST be in genetics and not, for example, biophysics
higher impact on the field would be reviewed more
Applicant-initiated science an asset
Productivity, based on:
service and leadership
of student/postdoc – applicants nearing the end of their postdoctoral
training or graduate degree who have been productive are
generally given higher priority over those at the start
of their training.
second round, applications are judged also on:
fit between the student/postdoc and their choice of
, or course
Previous DeLill Nasser Award Winners
DeLill Nasser Awards have two rounds of applications per year; one for courses and conferences occurring between January 1 and June 30, and another for courses
and conferences occurring between July 1 and December 31. Monitor the GSA e-News and this webpage for updates about application windows.
Contribute to The DeLill Nasser Fund:
Contribute online with your membership renewal or click here to donate online.
Or, send a check to the Genetics Society
of America with “DeLill Nasser Fund” written in the lower left memo and mail to:
Genetics Society of America
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3998
* The Genetics Society of America is a nonprofit 501 (C) 3 corporation and contributions are tax deductible under the U.S. Federal Income Tax Code.