Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award
The Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual with outstanding career achievements in neuroscience who has also significantly promoted the professional advancement of women in neuroscience.
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, and the recipient is honored at the Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Luncheon, held during the meeting.
For more information, please review the Awards and Funding FAQs.
Nomination Criteria & Materials
- Self-nomination is not permitted.
- Nominees do not need to be SfN members.
- Nominations must be made or endorsed by an SfN member.
- No person may nominate more than one candidate.
- Current SfN officers and councilors are ineligible for nomination.
- Due to 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 for this prize.
Nomination materials include the following:
- One nomination letter describing how the nominee meets the award eligibility criteria listed below
- Maximum of two optional letters of recommendation (One letter must include a summary of key research accomplishments as well as a summary of mentoring, leadership, and service)
- Current CV
- List of students and postdoctoral fellows who have been mentored by the nominee
- Exhibited dedication to facilitating the mentoring and entry of young women into neuroscience or to the advancement of women in neuroscience
- Sustained exceptional achievements in neuroscience as evidenced by publications, inventions, and/or awards
- Service to the profession through SfN and/or related organizations
- Recognition at national or international levels as a scientist, educator, businessperson, or administrator in neuroscience
- Demonstration of a high degree of imagination, innovation, and initiative in the pursuit of neuroscience
Learn More About Past Award Winners
- 2021: Catherine Dulac, PhD
- 2020: Kristen Harris, PhD and Yasmin Hurd, PhD
- 2019: Hollis T. Cline, PhD
- 2018: Erin Schuman, PhD
- 2017: Carol Mason, PhD
- 2016: Li-Huei Tsai, PhD
- 2014: Michela Gallager, PhD
- 2013: Xandra O. Breakefield, PhD
- 2012: Martha Constantine-Paton, PhD, and Michael J. Zigmond, PhD
- 2011: Margaret Livingstone, PhD
- 2010: Carol Barnes, PhD
- 2009: Carla Shatz, PhD
- 2008: Ben Barres, MD, PhD
- 2007: Huda Akil, PhD
- 2006: Ann Kelley, PhD
- 2005: Susan Leeman, PhD
- 2004: Martha Gillette, PhD
- 2003: Bernice Grafstein, PhD
- 2002: Eve Marder, PhD
- 2001: Leslie Ungerleider, PhD
- 2000: Mary Bartlett Bunge, PhD
Achievement Awards Selection Committee
Jensen, Frances E
University of Pennsylvania
Sorbonne Université, Institut De La Vision
Naegele, Janice R
Dunlop, Sarah A
The University of Western Australia
Carnegie Mellon University
Brinton, Roberta Diaz
University of Arizona