22th Annual Kasha Award

Call for Papers

The Kasha Award is named for the late Dr. Michael Kasha, Distinguished University Professor and founder of the Institute of Molecular Biophysics. The $500 Award is given annually to recognize and stimulate research and to promote quality scientific writing. All Molecular Biophysics (MOB) graduate students who are primary authors on a published paper in the past two years are eligible.

Nomination of a candidate by the major professor must be submitted by March 1 2017 to Jana Sefcikova Academic Coordinator of the MOB Graduate Program at  The nomination consists of a one-page letter with the citation, a description of the student’s contribution, originality and involvement in the writing process.   Papers will be reviewed by a committee selected by the Program Director. The winner of the competition will be announced at the Kasha Award Ceremony April 18 2017.



¨ Papers must have been in press by December 31, 2016. Please provide a copy of the paper with the appropriate documentation.

¨ The nominated MOB student must be the first author on the manuscript.

¨ A supporting letter from the faculty mentor must accompany the nomination.



¨ MOB students who are primary authors on a paper in the past two calendar years are eligible.

¨ “Publication” is defined as being in at least the galley proof stage in a refereed journal.

¨ Students who have graduated from the MOB Program are eligible for nomination, but the paper must have been submitted before the student’s thesis defense. However, preference will be given to students currently in the program.

¨ By “primary author,” it is intended that the student performed the major portion of the project and contributed at least the first draft of the manuscript.

¨ In labs in which it is customary that the PI is last author, the student should be the first author.