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.
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.
The nominee's work must be a significant research contribution to biomathematics. At least one of the papers containing this work must be published in English in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings bearing a publication date within the three calendar years prior to the year of the award. Moreover, either the recipient must be a graduate student or the paper’s publication date must be no more than three (3) calendar years later than the year in which the author received the Ph.D. or equivalent degree. The overlap in publication eligibility periods is intended to ensure that no candidate will fail to be considered due to the nomination deadline. The committee may consider exceptions to the three-years after Ph.D. rule, for career interruptions or delays occurring, e.g., for child bearing, child rearing, or elder care. The award can be received only once in a lifetime.
For the 2026 award, the paper must have been published between the dates of January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2025 The candidate must have been awarded their Ph.D. no earlier than 2020 or be a current graduate student.
The prize will next be awarded at the 2024 SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences (LS24) in Portland, Oregon, United States.
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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.
The prize will next be awarded in 2024 at the SIAM Conference on Life Sciences.
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.
Denise Kirschner (Chair)Mark LewisSharon LubkinCheng LyHelen Moore
Linda Allen (Chair) Elizabeth Cherry Carson Chow Karin Leiderman Mark Nelson
Paul Atzberger (Chair)Nathan BakerCasey DiekmanMaria D’OrsognaLaura Miller
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