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.

2019 Winner

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 recipient is James Schnable.

2019 Winner: James Schnable

The ASPB Early Career Award is bestowed to Dr. James Schnable (University of Nebraska), Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture. James obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley, and split his postdoctoral training between the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Expertise in the Schnable laboratory focuses on quantitative and functional genomics across grass species, as well as automated plant phenotyping. James’s work has shed light on the evolution, expression, and function of the multiple subgenomes of paleopolyploid crops. James has accumulated a truly impressive track record of collaborations, publications, funded research projects, editorial positions, companies co-founded, and community resources developed.


R. Keith Slotkin, Chair (2017-2020)
James Schnable, Past Winner (2019-2020)
Lucia Strader (2017-2020)
Hiroshi Maeda (2017-2020)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nominations & Deadlines

The Early Career Award will be offered again in 2020. Please check the nominations page in January 2020 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2018 Gaurav Moghe

2017 Julia Santiago Cuellar

2016 Cora MacAlister and Jin Suk Lee

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