Newswise — BETHESDA, MD – June 11, 2013 – The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce the selection of five early career researchers – one graduate student and four postdoctoral researchers – as recipients of a fall 2013 DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics. The award is a $1,000 travel grant for each researcher to attend any national or international meeting, conference or laboratory course that will enhance his or her career.

“The DeLill Nasser Award is one of GSA’s most inspiring programs because it enables the Society to play a direct role in supporting the professional development of our student and postdoc members,” said Adam Fagen, PhD, Executive Director of GSA. “It is clear that the future of genetics is bright, with researchers like these awardees leading the way.”

The DeLill Nasser Award was established by GSA in 2001 to honor its namesake, DeLill Nasser (1929–2000), a long-time GSA member who provided critical support to many early career researchers during her 22 years as program director in eukaryotic genetics at the National Science Foundation. Since the formation of this award, nearly 100 graduate students and postdocs have received funding for travel to further their career goals and enhance their education. The program is supported by GSA, and with charitable donations from members of the genetics community.

The five recipients of the fall 2013 DeLill Nasser Awards, their institutions and the conference or course each intends to attend are listed below. To see the pictures associated with this release, please click here.

Brian J. Arnold Graduate Student, Harvard University, Cambridge, MAEcological and Evolutionary Genomics,July 14–19, 2013, Biddeford, ME

Sara Beese-Sims, PhDPostdoctoral Researcher, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAEpigenetics: Mechanisms and Implications,August 4–9, 2013, Smithfield, RI

Kingsley Boateng, PhDPostdoctoral Researcher, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MDFASEB Science Research Conference on Genetic Recombination and Genome Rearrangement,July 21–26, 2013, Steamboat Springs, CO

Kerry Geiler-Samerotte, PhDPostdoctoral Researcher, New York University, New York, NYEcological and Evolutionary Genomics,July 14–19, 2013, Biddeford, ME

Aleeza Gerstein, PhDPostdoctoral Researcher, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MNMolecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis,July 31–August 16, 2013, Woods Hole, MA

Applications were reviewed by the DeLill Nasser Award Selection Committee: Chair Marnie Halpern, PhD (Carnegie Inst for Science) and members Tim Christensen, PhD (East Carolina Univ); Matthew Hahn, PhD (Indiana Univ); R. Scott Hawley, PhD (Stowers Inst for Medical Research); Kristin Latham, PhD (Western Oregon Univ); Terry Orr-Weaver, PhD (Whitehead Institute and MIT); Helen K. Salz, PhD (Case Western Reserve Univ); Nadia Singh, PhD (North Carolina State Univ); and Jeffrey Williams Thomas, PhD, nephew of DeLill Nasser.

Twice a year, GSA selects graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to receive DeLill Nasser Awards to assist them in acquiring career enrichment. For more information about these awards, visit the GSA website at

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