Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience
The Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience, endowed by The Grass Foundation, recognizes a young neuroscientist's outstanding PhD thesis in the general area of behavioral neuroscience.
Behavioral neuroscience is defined for these purposes as neuroscience research involving behavioral variables or oriented toward the solution of behavioral problems.
Recipients receive a $5,000 prize and complimentary registration, transportation (economy air or ground), and two nights hotel accommodations for the SfN annual meeting. The SfN president presents the prize at a lecture at the meeting.
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Nomination Criteria & Meeting
- Nominations must be made or endorsed by an SfN member.
- Nominees do not need to be SfN members.
- Self-nomination is not permitted.
- No person may nominate more than one candidate.
- Current SfN officers and councilors are ineligible for nomination.
- Due to the potential conflicts of interest, members of the selection committee may not be the nominees and they cannot serve as nominators nor write letters of recommendation.
Nomination materials include the following:
- One nomination letter from the nominee's PhD mentor(s) (no additional letters will be accepted)
- Thesis abstract with names and departmental affiliations of thesis committee members; four to six pages, double-spaced
- In the case of any collaborative work, a list of attributions explaining which portions were the nominee’s contributions compared to his/her co-workers
- Current CV, including date of thesis defense
All nomination materials must be in English, including the full thesis if invited for the second-round review. For nominees with theses in a language other than English, the selection committee will accept an extended abstract and peer-reviewed publication, both written in English.
Nominees must have doctoral degree awarded between January 1 and December 31 of the preceding calendar year.
- 2023: Patrick LaChance, PhD
- 2022: Lyle Kingsbury, PhD
- 2021: Saurabh Vyas, PhD
- 2020: Kiah Hardcastle, PhD, and Christopher Zimmerman, PhD
- 2019: Brian M. Sweis, PhD
- 2018: Marley Kass, PhD
- 2017: David Herzfeld, PhD
- 2016: Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD
- 2015: Matthew Lovett-Barron, PhD
- 2014: Sung-Yon Kim, PhD
- 2013: Michael Yartsev, PhD
- 2012: Katherine Tschida, PhD
- 2011: Cara Altimus, PhD
- 2010: Roozbeh Kiani, MD, PhD
- 2009: Nandakumar Narayanan, MD; Kay Tye, PhD
- 2008: Ricardo Gil da Costa, PhD
- 2007: Sara Aton, PhD
- 2006: Marianne Hafting Fyhn, PhD
- 2005: Miranda Lim, MD, PhD
- 2004: Sean E. McGuire, PhD
- 2003: Anthony Leonardo, PhD
- 2002: Brian Corneil, PhD; Sharon Low-Zeddies, PhD
- 2001: Wael Asaad, MD, PhD
- 2000: Michele Solis, PhD; Noam Sobel, PhD
- 1999: Michael T. Rogan, PhD
- 1998: Christopher L. Passaglia, PhD
- 1997: Edward G. Freedman, PhD
- 1996: C. Daniel Salzman, MD, PhD
- 1995: Michael S. Brainard, PhD
- 1994: Wendy A. Suzuki, PhD
- 1993: Theresa. A. Jones, PhD
- 1992: Lizabeth M. Romanski, PhD
- 1991: Gregg H. Recanzone, PhD
- 1990: Clifford H. Keller, II, PhD
- 1989: Douglas P. Munoz, PhD
- 1988: Benjamin L. Wolozin, MD, PhD
- 1987: John R. Larson, PhD
- 1986: Douglas G. McMahon, PhD
- 1985: Robert M. Sapolsky, PhD
- 1984: David A. McCormick, PhD
- 1983: Bruce L. Tempel, PhD
- 1982: Marc Breedlove, PhD
- 1981: Mary Anne Della-Fera, PhD; Mark E. Gurney, PhD
- 1980: John K. Chapin, PhD
- 1979: L. Craig Evinger, PhD
Donald B. Lindsley Prize Selection Committee
German Primate Center
Bonn University Medical School
Brainard, Michael S
UCSF Center For Integrative Neurosci
Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence
Saksida, Lisa M