Jane Silverthorne Early Career Award

The Early Career Award, which was instituted by the Society in 2005, was renamed in 2023 to honor the contributions of Jane Silverthorne to the science of plant biology – and, in particular, her commitment to programs that nurture early career researchers. The award, which recognizes outstanding research by scientists at the beginnings of their careers 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.

2024 Winner: Diane Wang

Diane R. Wang is recognized as the recipient of the 2024 Jane Silverthorne ASPB Early Career Award. Diane obtained her B.S. and PhD from Cornell University. During her PhD with Dr. Susan McCouch, she used quantitative genetics to identify genetic variation controlling important agricultural and domestication traits in rice. After a postdoc in ecological modeling with Scott Mackay at the University of Buffalo, Diane joined the faculty at Purdue University in 2020. Her group integrates process-based modeling with plant physiology, genomics, and quantitative genetics to predict the impact of climate change on crops.

Paula McSteen, Chair (2020-2025)
Moises Exposito-Alonso, Past Winner (2023-2024)
Charlie Anderson (2020-2024)
Ravishankar Palanivelu (2023-2026)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison