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Important Dates
Abstract Submission Opens Sept 27, 2016
Conference Registration Opens Oct 3, 2016
Workshop Application Deadline Nov 7, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline Nov 10, 2016
Larry Sandler Award Submission Deadline Dec 22, 2016
Late Abstract Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2017
Early(Discounted) Conference
Registration Deadline
Feb 3, 2017
Hotel Reservations Deadline March 3, 2017


2017 Meeting Organizers
Leanne Jones, Chair
Doris Bachtrog
Claude Desplan
Amy Kiger


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Drosophila 2017 Poster




Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture


We invite nominations of candidates to present the Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture held on the opening night of the 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, March 29, 2017, in San Diego, CA. The Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture was established in 1988 by the colleagues, friends and students of Dr. Larry Sandler after his untimely death in 1987. The award serves to honor Dr. Sandler for his many contributions to Drosophila genetics and his exceptional dedication to the training of Drosophila biologists.


Any student completing a Ph.D. in an area of Drosophila research between July 2015 and December 2016 is eligible and may be nominated by his/her thesis advisor.


Past recipients of this honor are:


Bruce Edgar, 1988
Kate Harding, 1989
Michael Dickinson, 1990
Maurice Kernan, 1991
Doug Kellogg, 1992
David Schneider, 1993
Kendal Broadie, 1994
David Begun, 1995
Chaoyong Ma, 1996
Abby Dernburg, 1997

Nir Hacohen, 1998
Terence Murphy, 1999
Bin Chen, 2000
James Wilhelm, 2001
Matthew C. Gibson, 2002
Sinisa Urban, 2003
Sean McGuire, 2004
Elissa Hallem, 2005
Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, 2006
Yu-Chiun Wang, 2007

Adam A. L. Friedman, 2008
Timothy T. Weil, 2009
Leonardo Koerich, 2010
Daniel Babcock, 2011
Stephanie Turner Chen, 2012
Weizhe Hong, 2013
Ruei-Jiun Hung, 2014
Alejandra Figueroa-Clarevega, 2015


Nominations should include curriculum vitae, a thesis abstract of one or two pages, and a letter of nomination from the thesis advisor.


The winner receives complimentary airfare, accommodations and registration for the 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference as well as a lifetime membership in GSA.


Nominations should be sent as .doc or .pdf files for receipt by December 22, 2016, to: Bob Duronio



DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics


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.


For more information and to apply, click here.



Poster Awards


six awards will be given for the best poster designs. First ($500), second ($300) and third ($200) place prizes will be given to the students (both undergraduate and graduate) judged to have the best posters. Both scientific merit and clarity of visual presentation will be taken into account.


To be eligible, your poster must be displayed from 11:00 pm on March 29 - 11:00 pm on April 1, 2017.


This competition is only open to students. Judging will be by postdocs. PI's are not eligible.



The Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards


This fund, which honors the memory of Victoria Finnerty, has been established to support travel costs for undergraduates engaged in research to attend the Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Vickie, who died in February 2011, was a long-time member of the Genetics Society of America and served the Drosophila community and the Genetics community at large in many capacities.


A wonderful geneticist, Vickie’s ground-breaking work as a graduate student used high resolution recombination analysis to dissect gene structure. This set the stage for a 35 year career in which she excelled as a gifted teacher as well as research scientist.


For more information and to apply, click here.



Drosophila Image Award


The Drosophila Image Award was established in 2004 to recognize compelling images that communicate important findings in Drosophila research. Any image from a paper that has accepted for publication in the calendar year preceding the Drosophila Research Conference is eligible and can be submitted by the researcher who generated it. The Award is given to the most striking image and video that clearly convey an important biological result.


Details of the competition and Award Committee members can be found at



FASEB-MARC Travel Awards


The FASEB-MARC Program provides funding for travel awards to support the participation of faculty/mentors, students, post-baccalaureates, postdoctoral fellows, and students from minority institutions and historically black colleges and universities. Underrepresented minority faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows from majority institutions are also eligible to apply for the travel awards. The travel awards are funded up to $1,850 each for travel-related expenses and for meeting registration. Travel awards are provided as reimbursements after the meeting.


FASEB MARC travel awards are processed as reimbursements to the award recipients. An award recipient will be required to pay his/her meeting and travel-related expenses first and then request reimbursement from the FASEB MARC Program Office after completion of the meeting/conference.


To apply or for more information on the details of FASEB MARC travel awards, click here.