Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society

48th Annual Meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina

September 9-13, 2017 - Raleigh Convention Center

Environmental Health Sciences Bridging the Gap between
Exposure, Mechanism and Public Health



The EMGS welcomes members and attendees from across the US and around the world. Our diversity is essential to our success, and as your national professional society, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive forum for the communication of world-class science. The EMGS Diversity and Inclusion committee sends a special welcome to members of the LGBT community.  Please reach out to any member of the EMGS Diversity and Inclusion Committee with your comments or concerns.

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EMGS Special Awards

The Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society present three special awards at the Annual Meeting.

EMGS Award

Conferred annually in recognition of outstanding research contributions in the area of environmental mutagenesis.

Alexander Hollaender Award

Conferred annually in recognition of outstanding contributions in the application of the principles and techniques of environmental mutagenesis to the protection of human health.

EMGS Service Award

Conferred occasionally in recognition of long-standing dedication and service to the Society.

EMGS Student Awards

2017 EMGS Student Education Award Call for Nominations

The Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs Committee are seeking nominations for the EMGS Student Education Award. This award looks to recognize mentors who deserve appreciation for their impact on the careers of EMGS members. This is a special opportunity for students who want to nominate a candidate to receive an award during the meeting. Current students and those who have received their degree within the last five years (New Investigators) are eligible to submit nominations. Please note that although the nominators do not have to be EMGS members, the nominee must be an EMGS member.

Each nominee must have a primary nominator and a supporting nominator. No additional paperwork is needed, just the nomination forms (2 per nominee). Please consider nominating that person who made a difference in your career! Nominations are requested by March 31. Completed forms should be sent to EMGS Headquarters.

Young Scientist Award

The Young Scientist Award is an exciting new opportunity for new investigators to showcase their talent to the EMGS community, while also communicating the importance of their research to the general public using a fun crowdfunding video! (Promotional campaign details to follow)

What is the award prize?

The award winner will receive:
- A plenary presentation at the EMGS Annual Meeting, Sept 9-13th in Raleigh, North Carolina
- A plaque recognizing the honor
- A $2500 award check to support of registration, travel costs, and honorarium
The winner will be announced by July 1, 2017.

Who should apply?

Award nominees should meet the following criteria:
- EMGS members in good standing; non-EMGS members can be nominated if willing to join EMGS
- Active scientists, with an intent to continue as such
- Postdocs ≥2 years post terminal degree; new faculty or equivalent scientific position for <3 years
- Willing and able to participate fully in the award promotional campaign, including a crowdfunding video and annual meeting activities

How do I nominate a deserving scientist?

The nomination process starts January 3, 2017 and the deadline for submission is March 1, 2017. Eligible candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by an EMGS member by sending in the Nominee’s full name, affiliation and contact information.

Please send any questions about the award and your nominations to: michelle.desimone@gmail.com or bobbk@emgs-us.org

What is the campaign process (briefly)? (please see the EMGS website for more details)

Nominees will be contacted by the Awards Committee to provide application materials. Eligible candidate applications will be screened and top candidates will be selected to move forward and notified by email. Selected candidates will be asked to provide a short biography and a 3-minute video about your research for a public crowdfunding voting mechanism. Anyone can support the candidate(s) by voting for their video, and THE MOST VOTES WINS. There is a nominal fee per vote (larger donations are accepted). All fees are tax-deductible donations to EMGS.

Student and New Investigator Travel Awards

Graduate students and new investigators are eligible for Travel Awards, which provide partial support to attend the EMGS Annual Meeting. These travel awards are based primarily on merit. Membership is a requirement that must be met prior to the final ranking. Membership can be obtained at any time via the EMGS website.

The number of travel awards funded is based on the budget approved by EMGS Council. New investigators are defined as individuals who have received their terminal degrees (e.g., PhD, ScD, MD, or DVM) within the past five years. Awards will be presented during the Banquet on Tuesday, September 12.

The deadline to apply for a Travel Award is June 16. Your abstract must be submitted via the abstract submission  system by June 16 for your application to be considered. Notification will be in early July.

Apply for the Award

Application Materials: The application is not complete until the following have been provided to EMGS Headquarters.

  • A copy of the abstract submitted to the meeting (abstract submission information) (link to the abstract submission page)
  • A letter of recommendation sent by the applicant’s current mentor (see template below)
  • A statement written by the applicant (250 words maximum) describing how the applicant expects to benefit from a travel award to attend the EMGS meeting

Materials should be submitted as a PDF or Word file. Award applications will be acknowledged by email. The deadline to submit Travel Award application materials and to complete online abstract submission is June 16, 2017.

Does your institution restrict the receipt of award monies? If so, you should still apply for a Travel Award. EMGS provides recognition without funding, when necessary, for eligible applicants.

In keeping with EMGS tradition, a student from a developing country currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in the USA or Canada is eligible to receive the Alexander Hollaender Travel Award. The applicant must indicate their desire to be considered for this award during the submission of their application.

Applicants must submit their abstract via the abstract submission system.

Student and New Investigator Presentation Awards

The Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs Committee invite all students and new investigators to submit abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations. All students and new investigators will automatically be entered in the best presentation/poster competition. Posters presented by students and new investigators will have special identification.

A total of six presentation awards will be given: the best oral presentation by a student and a new investigator, respectively, and the best and runner up poster presentation by a student and a new investigator, respectively. Award recipients will receive a monetary award, and new investigators are encouraged to submit a paper to the EMGS journal, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, which sponsors the poster presentation awards. To be considered for the award, the abstract must be submitted and presented by a student or new investigator.

Call for Volunteer Judges

Have fun and meet lots of great people while volunteering a few hours of service to judge student and new investigator poster and platform presentations. The Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs Committee are recruiting volunteers to assist in this important process. (Sorry, we cannot accept graduate students to serve as judges at this time.) You will not be asked to judge presentations from your own institution, or sessions that conflict with your own presentations. To volunteer for judging, simply mark the box on your registration form for the meeting. For more information, please contact Janece Bevans-Kerr at janecebk@emgs-us.org.