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.

2022 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 Emily Josephs.

2022 Winner: Emily Josephs

Emily Josephs, who works in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University, is recognized as the recipient of the 2022 ASPB Early Career Award. Emily obtained her A.B. in human biology at Brown University and completed a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto in 2016. After training as an NSF Plant Genome Research Program Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, Emily started as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in 2019. Emily has made major discoveries that uncover the genetic and genomic bases of plant adaptation and genotype-by-environment effects. At MSU, Emily has established a strong and diverse research group to study how evolutionary forces have shaped quantitative variations in wild and domesticated plants by integrating population genomics and quantitative genetics.

Hiroshi Maeda, Chair (2017-2023)
Troy Magney, Past Winner (2021-2022)
Charlie Anderson (2020-2023)
Paula McSteen (2020-2023)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison