New Prize for Young Scientists

Science/AAAS recently announced a brand new prize for young scientists as a way to encourage and incentivize current research. The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists recognizes that global economic health is dependent upon a vibrant research community and we need to inspire our best and brightest to continue in their chosen fields of research. Considering the difficult economic environment, Science & SciLifeLab felt it was important to provide extra encouragement to young scientists as they begin their scientific careers.

"We are delighted by this prize and partnership with SciLifeLab. We share concern about the future of the scientific enterprise and are very pleased to be able to recognize some of those who will be shaping its future," said AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner.

This new prize is a combined initiative between Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab, a pioneering center for large-scale biosciences with the focus in health and environmental research. The center combines advanced technical know-how and state-of-the-art equipment with a broad knowledge in translational medicine and molecular bioscience.

To be considered for the 2013 Science & SciLifeLab Prize interested applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. The research described in the entrant's thesis must fall within one of the following categories: Genomics/Proteomics/Systems Biology; Developmental Biology (including evolution); Molecular and Cellular Biology; or Environmental Life Science (including biodiversity).

The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and have their essay published in Science magazine. The runner up will receive $5,000 while the two finalists will receive $2,500 each and all three will have their essays published online at sciencemag.org. All finalists will be flown to Stockholm, Sweden for the Awards Ceremony to be held in December 2013.

For more information about the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists or to enter your essay and accompanying materials for consideration, please visit www.sciencemag.org/scilifelabprize.