Early Career Award

The Early Career Award was instituted by the Society in 2005 to recognize outstanding research by scientists at the beginnings of their careers. This award is a monetary award made annually for exceptionally creative, independent contributions by an individual, whether or not a member of the Society, who is generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation. Breaks in careers will be considered when addressing the time limit of this award.

2016 Winners

The Early Career Award acknowledges outstanding research by a scientist generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. This year’s Early Career Award co-recipients are Cora MacAlister and Jin Suk Lee.

Cora MacAlister

Cora MacAlister

Cora MacAlister, assistant professor (University of Michigan), is recognized for exceptional contributions and creativity in her studies of the molecular mechanisms of plant development, particularly with respect to transcriptional control of stomatal development and inflorescence architecture in diverse plant species.

Jin Suk Lee

Jin Suk Lee

Jin Suk Lee, assistant professor (Concordia University), Montréal, is recognized for her exceptional contributions to plant cell signaling, particularly with respect to mitogen-activated protein kinases that participate in auxin signaling, and peptide-receptor kinase signaling pathways that regulate stomatal development and inflorescence architecture.


Michael Hahn, Chair (2014-2017)
Cora MacAlister, Past Winner (2016-2017)
Jin Suk Lee, Past Winner (2016-2017)
Keiko Torii (2014-2017)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nominations & Deadlines

The Early Career Award will be offered again in 2017. Please check the nominations page in January 2017 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2015 Daniel Chitwood

2014 Jing-Ke Weng

2013 Michael Gore

2012 Michael Nodine

2011 Ravi Maruthachalam

2010 R. Keith Slotkin

2009 Siobhan Brady

2008 Ping He

2007 Elena Shpa

2006 Simon Chan

2005 Shin-ya Miyagishima