Dorothy M. Skinner Award Fund

Dorothy Skinner, a long-time member of the Society for Integrative Biology and The Crustacean Society, died on February 12, 2005 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. We have not only lost a prominent member of our community, but also an influential mentor and advocate for women in science. As a memorial, a fund has been established for the “Dorothy M. Skinner Award.” The award recognizes women Ph.D. students and/or postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and show high potential for continued excellence in research. It provides travel support to awardees to present their research at annual meetings of the SICB. To make a donation, visit our donations page.

Past Dorothy M. Skinner Awardees

  • 2024: Samantha Bock, University of Georgia
  • 2023: Tosha Kelly, Louisiana State University
  • 2022: Armita Manafzadeh, Brown University and Yusan Yang, Washington University
  • 2021: Liming Cai, University of California, Riverside and Anusha Shankar, Cornell University
  • 2020: Kate Feller, University of Minnesota
  • 2018: Kirstin Brink
  • 2017: Martina Muller
  • 2016: Roslyn Dakin
  • 2015: Devaleena Pradhan
  • 2014: Connie O’Connor
  • 2013: Brooke Flammang
  • 2012: Molly Dickens
  • 2011: Rebecca Calisi
  • 2010: Maren Vitousek
  • 2009: Jessica E. Garb, University of Arizona
  • 2008: Deborah I. Lutterschmidt, Georgia State University


Dear Award Applicant:

Please read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your application for the Dorothy M. Skinner Award. In order to be eligible you must fulfill all of the following:

  • Be a female member of SICB for the year in which you are applying.
  • Be the presenting author on a submitted abstract for the upcoming Annual Meeting.
  • Complete the electronic application form in its entirety by the deadline below. Failure to do so will make you ineligible for this award. Only electronic applications are allowed.
  • Completion of the electronic application form includes submission of a Curriculum Vitae and Research Interest Statement (see instructions on electronic application form). The CV must include a list of publications and meeting presentations (both talks and posters). The research interest statement must be a maximum of one page in length and should include information about your past and current scholarship as well as your future plans. The combined CV / Research Interest Statement MUST be a single file in PDF format and less than 2 MB in size. Follow the instructions on the electronic application form to upload this single file.
  • Have one letter of support submitted via our letter form (click here, limit of 5000 characters). One letter is required and only one is allowed.
    • ImportantYou must provide your recommender with the same email address used in this application so that your letter will be matched to the appropriate award application.
    • Both the completed application and the letter of support must be submitted by the deadline below. Only complete applications (which include letters of support) will be reviewed.
    • Letters of support can be submitted here (limit of 5000 characters applies).


Please fill in this application form for the Dorothy M. Skinner Award, upload your CV / Research Interest Statement, and click on “Send application” at the bottom of the form to complete the application process!

You are required to be the presenting author to qualify and must be a member of SICB.

The deadline was Oct. 24, 2023. The form is now closed.

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