To recognize scientists, journalists, and public servants for significant contributions to science and to the public’s understanding of science, the Association administers the awards listed below. All awards are presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting immediately following the award year.

 
 

The AAAS MARTIN AND ROSE WACHTEL CANCER RESEARCH AWARD

2014 Prize Winners

AAAS AND SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THE 2014 AAAS MARTIN AND ROSE WACHTEL CANCER RESEARCH AWARD.

This year's winners are Dr. Li Ma, an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Jeffrey Tyner, an Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University. Drs. Ma and Tyner will each receive a $12,500 check and will each present a lecture based on their research at an award ceremony on Monday, July 7th, 2014, at NIH's Lipsett Auditorium (11:30 am-1 pm), to be followed by a luncheon reception. Please click here to reserve your space.

The Prize

The AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award is an annual award, funded by an endowment established through a generous bequest from Martin L. Wachtel. This award honors early-career investigators who have performed outstanding work in the field of cancer research. Entrants must have received their Ph.D. or M.D. within the last 10 years. The award winner(s) are invited to deliver a public lecture on their research and receive a cash award of $25,000. The award winning Essay(s) will be published in Science Translational Medicine.

The deadline for application was 1 March 2014.

Application Procedures

Eligibility

  • Each entrant must be a researcher in the field of cancer, with an advanced degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M.) received within the last 10 years.
  • The research must have been performed during the previous 10 years.
  • The entrant must have performed or personally directed the work described in the Essay.
  • Employees of AAAS and their relatives are not eligible for the prize.

Procedures for Entry

Entry packages must include the following materials, written in English:

  1. A letter of application written by the entrant or by a nominator describing the entrant's significant contributions to cancer research. The letter should explain how the candidate's research promises to make a lasting impact on the cancer field.
  2. An Essay written by the nominee describing his or her research project and explaining how it advances our understanding of cancer. The Essay must not exceed 1500 words (not including references) and should have a short title, a one-line abstract, no more than 10 references and one figure. The research described in the Essay must be in the field of cancer and the applicant must have performed or directed all of the work. The research must have been performed within the last 10 years.
  3. A one-page letter of recommendation from the entrant's postdoctoral advisor, supervisor, or other senior colleague who is familiar with the entrant's work.
  4. A copy of the entrant's curriculum vitae.
  5. Copies of two of the entrant's papers that are most relevant to the Essay.

Send all materials in the entry package in pdf format to Katrina Kelner, Editor Science Translational Medicine at wachtelprize@aaas.org with Wachtel Award Entry in the subject line. Please note: If your contact information changes after submission then you must inform us at wachtelprize@aaas.org.

Criteria and Selection

The editors of Science Translational Medicine will be responsible for the initial evaluation of the Essays. Approximately the top 10 percent of the Essays will be forwarded to the judging panel. The judging panel is composed of prominent international researchers in the field of cancer and will include Phillip A. Sharp, President of the AAAS Board of Directors. The applicants will be rated on two characteristics: scientific quality and significance of their research, and the clarity and style of the Essay.

Inquiries

Send inquiries by email to wachtelprize@aaas.org.

2013 Prize Winner

AAAS AND SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE INAUGURAL AAAS MARTIN AND ROSE WACHTEL CANCER RESEARCH AWARD.

The winner of the inaugural AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award in 2013 was Dr. Scott A. Tomlins, an Assistant Professor in the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School.

The 3 runners up were: Gregory Beatty, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Michele De Palma, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne; and Franziska Michor, Dana Farber Cancer Institute.