Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award

The Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award, first given by the Society in 2011, honors Eric E. Conn’s contributions in plant biology by recognizing young scientists who will be inspired to follow in his footsteps. The award recognizes not only outstanding research but also demonstrated excellence in outreach, public service, mentoring, or teaching by plant scientists at the beginning of their careers. This award is a monetary award made biennially for demonstrated commitment by a member of the Society who is generally not more than five years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation. It also provides a one year membership to the Society. Breaks in careers will be considered when addressing the time limit of this award.

2017 Winner: Prateek Tripathi

Prateek Tripathi (The Scripps Research Institute) is recognized for his significant contributions to the field of circadian clock research and for his dedication to student training and mentoring, public service and outreach. Prateek’s research and high-impact publications have shed light on how key clock genes regulate reproductive development in Arabidopsis. Prateek has also contributed broadly to ASPB activities, including service as an ASPB Ambassador and as a member of the Society’s Membership Committee. He also has taken an active role in teaching and mentoring at his home institution, as well as through the Planting Science initiative. Prateek has received numerous awards for his outstanding outreach and service activities.


Danny Schnell, Chair (2016-2021)
Christophe Maurel (2014-2019)
Laurie Smith (2016-2021)
Caren Chang (2016-2021)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nomination & Deadlines

The Eric E. Conn Young Investigator Award will be offered again in 2019. Please check the nominations page in January 2019 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2015 – Joe Louis
2013 – Daiskuke Urano
2011 – Hiroshi Mae