Awards and Honors


Special Awards

The Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society gives three special awards at the Annual Meeting: The Annual EMGS Award, The Alexander Hollaender Award, and the EMGS Service Award in addition a variety of other awards listed below.

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

Nominations for the EMGS Award are due by December 10, 2020.


  • EMGS membership is not required
  • Relevance of the work to the EMGS mission
  • Scientific activity in the area of the causes and mechanistic bases of DNA damage and repair, mutagenesis, heritable effects, epigenetic alterations in genome function, and their relevance to disease measured by the number of publications, invited speaker and or guest lecturer and/or previous awards.
  • Service to the professional community (EMGS and/or others) and/or the general public 

Who can nominate:
Any EMGS member and members of the scientific community

What to submit:
One letter of nomination, addressing the criteria mentioned above
At least one supporting letter (maximum of 3 supporting letters)
CV or biographical sketch of the nominee

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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. 

Nominations for the Alexander Hollaender Award are due by December 10, 2020.

Who can nominate:
Any EMGS member and members of the professional community 

What to submit:

  • One letter of nomination, addressing the criteria mentioned above
  • At least one supporting letter (maximum of 3 supporting letters)
  • CV or biographical sketch of the nominee

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EMGS Service Award: Conferred from time to time in recognition EMGS members of long-standing dedication and service to the Society.

Nominations for the EMGS Service Award are due by December 10, 2020.


  • EMGS member
  • Service to the EMGS above and beyond normal service in governance
  • Leadership in special projects related to EMGS mission and EMGS leadership

Who can Nominate:
Any EMGS member.

What to submit:

  • One letter of nomination describing why the nominee deserves recognition.
  • Between 0-2 letters of support.

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Education Award: Conferred from time to time in recognition of EMGS members of long-standing dedication to educating and mentoring the future generation of scientist in field of environmental mutagenesis.

Nominations for the Education Award are due by December 10, 2020.


  • EMGS member
  • Involvement in mentoring and/or education activities involving students and/or young investigators.
  • Individuals who made a difference in your career.

Who can nominate:
Any EMGS members or student or new investigator working/collaborating with the nominee (EMGS membership for the student or new investigator is not necessary)

What to submit:

  • One letter of nomination describing in detail why the nominee deserves recognition. 
  • 1-2 letters of letters of support (preference is given to individuals working/collaborating with the nominee).

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Please nominate deserving candidates (candidates need not be EMGS members). Nominations should include a cover letter that succinctly states why this candidate is deserving of this award, as well as two additional letters of support. Nominations for the EMGS Award and the Hollaender Award ideally should also include the candidate’s CV. Nominations can be sent any time before December 10, 2020. Please assemble all nomination materials into a single PDF file (nameofaward-nameofnominee.pdf) and upload it to the appropriate award above.

EMGS Young Scientist Award

The Young Scientist Award is an exciting opportunity for young investigators to showcase their talent to the EMGS community while communicating the importance of their research to the public using a fun crowdfunding video!

The nomination process starts Jan 1. Eligible candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by an EMGS member by sending in the nominees name, affiliation, and contact information! 

Award nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • EMGS members in good standing; nonmembers can be nominated if willing to join EMGS
  • Active scientists, with an intent to continue as such
  • New investigators 2 years post terminal degree OR new faculty or equivalent for 3 years
  • Willing and able to participate fully in the award promotional campaign and annual meeting

Nominees will be contacted to provide the following materials:

  • CV, including the names of three references
  • Letter of support from the mentor and/or nominator
  • Two examples of the nominees published scholarship
  • One-page summary of the nominees research, including their agreement to participate in the campaign
  • Three-minute video explaining the research suitable for a lay audience

The winner will be announced by July 16. The award winner will receive:

  • A plenary lecture presentation at the EMGS Annual Meeting
  • A plaque recognizing the honor
  • $2,500 award check to support meeting registration, travel costs, and honorarium

Submit Nomination

Student and New Investigator Presentation Awards

The Education, Student and New Investigator Affairs Committee invites all students and new investigators to submit abstracts for either poster or oral presentations. Your submission will automatically be entered in the Best Presentation/Poster Competition. Posters presented by students and new investigators will have special identification for judging.

Four first prize presentation awards will typically be given:

1. Best oral presentation by a student.

2. Best oral presentation by a new investigator.

3. Best poster presentation by a student.

4. Best poster presentation by a new investigator.

Four, second place awards for each of the presentations listed above will also be given.

Award recipients will receive a monetary award. New investigators are highly encouraged to submit a paper to the EMGS Journal, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, which sponsors the awards. To be considered for the award, the abstract must be submitted and presented by the student or new investigator.

EMGS Student and New Investigator Travel Awards

Students and New Investigators are the future of our Society. An EMGS priority is to foster the career development of students and postdoctoral level investigators, helping them establish the long-term collaborative relationships that will make EMGS their professional home. Therefore, the EMGS offers a limited number of Student and New Investigator Travel Awards to assist students and new investigators to attend and participate in the EMGS Annual Meeting.

Students and new investigators (doctoral degrees within the past five years) are eligible for Travel Awards, which provide partial support to attend the EMGS Annual Meeting. Travel awards are based primarily on merit. The applicant must be a member of EMGS prior to the award application deadline. Membership can be obtained at any time via the EMGS website.

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. Application requirements are the same as all travel awards.

Application Requirements

  1. An abstract submitted to the current annual meeting.
  2. A letter of recommendation sent by the applicant’s current mentor/advisor sent to or submit it online in the application form below. (Recommended elements for mentor letters.)
  3. 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.
  4. Applicant must be an EMGS member.  Membership can be obtained at anytime via the EMGS website.

Travel Award Application Form

If your institution restricts the receipt of award monies, the most meritorious applications will still receive EMGS recognition without funding, when applicable.

EMGS Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program

The EMGS is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship until January 24, 2021. This scholarship provides funding and resources needed to help underrepresented undergraduate students attend the EMGS annual meeting and encourage scientific research. This scholarship program encourages scientific research by underrepresented undergraduate students and supports their attendance at EMGS annual meetings.

If you have questions or would like more information about this program, please contact Dr. Mike Kemp (


  1. Financial support ($1,000 for materials and supplies) is provided for underrepresented undergraduate student awardees to conduct a research project in an EMGS member’s lab.
  2. Travel support (up to $1,500) for undergraduate student awardees to attend the annual EMGS meeting and to present their research findings as a poster and/or platform presentation. EMGS pays registration, three days lodging and per diem, and travel.

Application requirements:

  1. Applicant should seek sponsorship of an EMGS member
  2. Applicant typically conducts research project in his/her sponsor’s lab for at least one semester
  3. Application form: student identification information
  4. CV of applicant
  5. Provide a letter of recommendation from your EMGS sponsor:

    Using the Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity ( as a guide, the letter of recommendation should address how the applicant qualifies as an underrepresented undergraduate student.

Applications are due January 24, 2021. Awards will be announced on March 1, 2021.

Undergraduate Research Application Form

EMGS Newly Independent Investigators Engagement Program

The future of EMGS rest in the hands of our new investigators, who will define the directions we take and galvanize the next generation of our membership base. High quality new investigators who have recently transitioned to independence are invited to apply to be part of a Newly Independent Investigator Engagement Group. Accepted recipients will receive a commitment to cover their costs to attend up to three Annual Meetings over a five-year period. In exchange, recipients must maintain active and engaged membership in EMGS.


1. Be involved in non-trainee research relevant to the EMGS mission.
2. Be new investigators (≤ 3 years) in research, academia, industry or government who have recently transitioned to independence.
3. Pay annual membership dues.


Recipients will be notified on April 6th. Each recipient will receive:

  • An Annual Meeting registration waiver plus travel costs (four hotel nights and airfare offset) for as many as three years during their five-year program.

Application Form

EMM Student and New Investigator Best Paper Awards

The Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis (EMM) Best Paper Awards are presented annually to a student and a new investigator and are chosen by the Editorial Board members of EMM based on papers accepted for publication in EMM in the calendar year. Each winner receives a cash prize, free registration to the following EMGS Annual Meeting, and a complimentary one-year EMGS membership.

EMGS Emeritus Travel Award

EMGS seeks to assist its emeritus members in staying engaged with the activities of the society. Because the expense of attending the annual meeting can be financially limiting for some emeritus members, the Council and Executive Board have created an Emeritus Travel Award. Qualifications for receiving the award are:

  • Emeritus membership status. Retired members who have not requested emeritus status should apply as soon as possible.
  • Full retirement - It is recognized that retired scientists may continue to receive earned income from consulting or other activities. Applicants should assess whether they have a financial need for an emeritus travel award before applying. If they are not certain they may consult with the EMGS Executive Director, Bob Bevans-Kerr, for advice.
  • Active participation in EMGS activities in the last 5 years.

Up to three awards of $500 will be granted for each annual meeting.  For 2021, in the event that the ICEM is converted to an entirely virtual meeting, the award will be used to cover the cost of registration, should a registration fee be charged.

The application may be submitted between January 1 and March 31 for the annual meeting in the fall. Award decisions will be made by April 15 by the Membership and Professional Development Committee.

Awardees will provide a report to the Membership & Professional Development Committee (due October 31st) on their experience at the meeting and other activities in EMGS in which they are participating or anticipate participating in the year following the meeting.

Please contact Bob Bevans-Kerr ( for questions about the award.

Emeritus Travel Award Application Form

Visa Alert

As part of new security procedures, many visa applications are being sent to the State Department in Washington, D.C. for review by a variety of federal agencies. Due to the number of visas being processed and the heightened security concerns, this review can take as long as six to eight weeks, or longer, depending on the applicant's country of origin. Therefore, we encourage scientists intending to come to the United States to apply for their visa as early as possible and to pay attention to U.S. State Department guidance on this matter. The National Academies has a very useful website containing this information. The most frequent reason that visitor visas are denied is because the applicant was unable to provide enough evidence, in the opinion of the consular officer, that he or she was not intending to immigrate to the United States (per Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act). Therefore, we encourage you to pay particular attention to State Department advice on how to deal with this type of denial.