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SIAM Activity Group on Life Sciences Early Career Prize

Established in 2016, the prize is awarded to an individual in their early career for research contributions in the field of mathematics applied to the life sciences.

Next Call for Nominations Opens May 1, 2019

Prize Description


Prize Description

The SIAM Activity Group on Life Sciences Early Career Prize (SIAG/LS Early Career Prize) is awarded every two years to one individual in their early career, in the field of mathematics applied to the life sciences, for distinguished contributions to the field in the three calendar years prior to the award year.


Eligibility Criteria

The candidate’s work must be a significant research contribution to biomathematics. One key paper must be cited as evidence of the contribution, though a body of papers may be discussed in the nomination. The qualifying key paper must have been published in English in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings in the three calendar years preceding the award year. The key paper must have been published no more than three calendar years later than the year the candidate received their PhD.

For the 2018 award, the paper must have been published between the dates of January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017. The candidate must have been awarded their PhD no earlier than 2012 or be a current graduate student.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate
  • Candidate's CV
  • Bibliographic citation for candidate’s key contributing paper
  • Two or three letters of support from experts in the field

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the 2018 winner, Sean Lawley! Learn more about his accomplishments in his Q&A spotlight.

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About the Award


About the SIAM Activity Group on Life Sciences Early Career Prize


The SIAG/LS Early Career Prize includes of a certificate containing the citation. As part of the award, the recipient will be invited to give a brief plenary talk at the conference. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in giving the talk.

Award Date

The prize will next be awarded in August 2018 at the SIAM Conference on Life Sciences.


Award Presentation

The Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Life Sciences and the Chair of the Prize Committee will announce the award at the SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences and present the award to the recipient. An announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, and on the activity group's website and newsletter.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

Paul Atzberger (Chair)
Nathan Baker
Casey Diekman
Maria D’Orsogna
Laura Miller

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