The Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in
The Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education recognizes an individual or group that has had significant, sustained impact on genetics education at any level, from K-12 through graduate school and beyond. Recipients of the Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education will have promoted greater exposure to and deeper understanding of genetics through distinguished teaching or mentoring, development of innovative pedagogical approaches or tools, design of new courses or curricula, national leadership, and/or public engagement and outreach.
The award was named posthumously for Elizabeth W. Jones (1939-2008),
who was the recipient of the first GSA
Excellence in Education Award in 2007.
She was a renowned geneticist and educator who served as
the 1987 GSA president and as editor-in-chief of GSA’s journal GENETICS
for nearly 12 years (1996-2008). At the time of her death, Jones was University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, the institution’s highest faculty honor. She also served as head of the Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Frederick A. Schwertz Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences. Her lab used genetic approaches to understand how proteins in yeast cells reach their proper destinations. Jones earned a bachelor’s in chemistry and the first PhD in genetics granted by the University of Washington; she completed postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University for five years before joining Carnegie Mellon in 1974.
Nominees will be considered for three
years without the need to update