Entry details & judging procedures

Application deadline for the 2013 Prize: June 15, 2013. 


Rules of eligibility 

  • The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international research prize.
  • Entrants must be a neurobiologist with an advanced degree received in the last 10 years and not older than 35 years of age.
  • The research described in the entrant's essay must be in neurobiology.
  • The entrant must have performed or directed the work described in the essay.
  • The research must have been performed during the previous three years.
  • Employees of Eppendorf AG, Science and AAAS and their relatives are not eligible for the prize.

Procedures for entry
All entrants must submit the following items in English:

  • A completed
  • An essay written by the entrant that describes his/her research with relevance to and in keeping with current methods and advances in the field of neurobiology. The essay must not exceed 1,000 words in length. The applicant must have done or directed all of the work and this work must have been performed in the past three years.
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from his/her postdoctoral adviser, supervisor, or other senior colleague who is familiar with the entrant's work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae that includes the following:
    1. Full citations of papers that the entrant has published on the research described in the essay;
    2. Academic and professional awards and honors that the entrant has received; and
    3. Relevant professional experience
    4. Copies of two of the entrant's papers that are most relevant to the essay

The must be completed electronically and additional submission materials must be sent by email in PDF format to: eppendorfscienceprize@aaas.org.

Below is a timeline for the prize selection process. You will be contacted only if there are additional materials or information needed. Please note: If your contact information changes after submission then you must inform eppendorfscienceprize.aaas.org or call +1 202326 6513.

June-August: Compilation and Review of Submissions
September: Selection and Notification of Prize Winner
November: Announcement of Prize Winner and Prize Ceremony

The winner, finalists and all applicants will be informed no later than the end of September. The winner and finalists will be officially announced at the Prize Ceremony.


Deadline for entries
June 15, 2013

Judging procedures
Editors from Science are responsible for the initial evaluation of the essays. The top 10 percent of the essays are forwarded to the judging panel. The judging panel is composed of prominent international researchers in the field of neurobiology and is chaired by Science's Senior Editor, Dr. Peter Stern. Most of the judges are appointed based on nominations from the Society for Neuroscience. The essays are rated in two areas: scientific quality and significance, and clarity and style of the writing. 


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