The RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award

The RNA Society/Scaringe Young Scientist Award was established to recognize the achievement of young scientists engaged in RNA research and to encourage them to pursue a career in the field of RNA. The award is open to all junior scientists (graduate students or postdoctoral fellows) from all regions of the world who have made a significant contribution to the broad area of RNA. The award is not restricted to authors who have published in the RNA Journal, although it is restricted to active RNA Society members (click here to join). The prize will recognize one outstanding graduate student and one postdoctoral fellow based on their research accomplishments to date, a 7000-character (~1500 word) essay describing their scientific contributions to RNA research, and a 2500-character (~500-word) abstract for a review in their field of RNA research.

Judging Procedures:
All applications are evaluated by the RNA Society Awards Committee. The applicants will be divided into one of two groups: graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. Applications will be judged on the quality of the research and the entrant’s ability to articulate his or her research contributions to the field of RNA. This committee will choose one graduate student and one postdoctoral fellow winner prior to the abstract deadline for the annual meeting.

The winners will receive a cash prize along with being reimbursed for registration, travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the RNA Society’s annual meeting at which their award is presented. They will also have their names published in the meeting abstract book and receive a 1-year membership to the Society. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to write a minireview or review for RNA. The review can be written solely by the winner or in collaboration with their advisor.

Only completed applications received by October 1st, 2020 will be considered.

This application is for work as a:
 Graduate Student Post-Doc.

First/Given Name

Last/Family Name

RNA Society Member Number

Gender (for use in compliance reporting)


Mailing Address




Postal/Zip Code



Research Caption
Please provide a brief (4-10 words) caption of your work. It will be used to generate the award citation.

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Brief Summary of Your Work

Please provide a summary or citation of your work in 900-1100 characters. The format should be:
<your name> is a <graduate student/post doctoral researcher> in the laboratory of <your PI> at <your institution and/or department> in <city, country>. <A description of your work suitable for a general science audience, including its relevance >. <List the most significant awards/honors or support that you are receiving>. <She/He> has been a member of the RNA Society since <first year you became a member; we can fill that in if you're not sure>.

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Note: A special link to upload the file from your reference will be emailed to you immediately after you submit your application.

  I certify that the information in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. Furthermore, I certify that I wrote the research description and abstract for a review without input from other graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or senior scientists in the field.

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