Important Dates

October 4
Abstract Submission and Registration Open
November 7
Workshop Application Deadline
November 15
Abstract Submission Deadline
December 21
Larry Sandler Award Application Deadline
December 31
Poster Abstract Deadline
January 10
Early Registration Deadline
February 1
Late Abstract Submission Deadline
March 5
Hotel Reservation Deadline
March 12
Poster Invite Deadline
March 20
Advance Registration Deadline
March 25
GENETICS Peer Review Workshop signup

Meeting Organizers

Michael Buszczak, Chair
Rachel Cox
Helmut Kramer
Harmit Malik

Drosophila Home      PROGRAM: Conference and Travel Awards

Conference and Travel Awards

Larry Sandler

The Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture is presented by an outstanding recent PhD graduate on the opening night of the Conference. We invite you to nominate candidates for the lecture, which was established in 1988 by the colleagues, friends, and students of Dr. Larry Sandler after his untimely death in 1987. The award serves to honor Dr. Sandler for his many contributions to Drosophila genetics and his exceptional dedication to the training of Drosophila biologists.

Any student completing a PhD in an area of Drosophila research between July 2017 and December 2018 is eligible and may be nominated by his/her thesis advisor.

Past recipients of this honor are:

Bruce Edgar, 1988
Kate Harding, 1989
Michael Dickinson, 1990
Maurice Kernan, 1991
Doug Kellogg, 1992
David Schneider, 1993
Kendal Broadie, 1994
David Begun, 1995
Chaoyong Ma, 1996
Abby Dernburg, 1997

Nir Hacohen, 1998
Terence Murphy, 1999
Bin Chen, 2000
James Wilhelm, 2001
Matthew C. Gibson, 2002
Sinisa Urban, 2003
Sean McGuire, 2004
Elissa Hallem, 2005
Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, 2006
Yu-Chiun Wang, 2007

Adam A. L. Friedman, 2008
Timothy T. Weil, 2009
Leonardo Koerich, 2010
Daniel Babcock, 2011
Stephanie Turner Chen, 2012
Weizhe Hong, 2013
Ruei-Jiun Hung, 2014
Zhao Zhang, 2015
Alejandra Figueroa-Clarevega, 2016
Danny E. Miller, 2017
Lucy Liu, 2018

Nominations should include a curriculum vitae, a thesis abstract of 1–2 pages, and a letter of nomination from the thesis advisor.

The winner receives complimentary airfare, accommodations, and registration for the 60th Annual Drosophila Research Conference as well as a lifetime membership in GSA.

Nominations should be sent as .doc or .pdf files for receipt by December 21, 2018, to Daniel A. Barbash

DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics

Graduate student and postdoctoral GSA members are eligible to apply for this award to support travel costs for national and international meetings and laboratory courses, including the Annual Drosophila Research Conference. The award is named for long-time GSA member and National Science Foundation Program Director in Eukaryotic Genetics, DeLill Nasser. It is given in recognition of the critical role she played in research and for her love of genetics. Visit the award website for more information.

Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards

This fund, which honors the memory of Victoria Finnerty, has been established to support travel costs for undergraduates engaged in research to attend the Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Vickie, who died in February 2011, was a long-time member of the Genetics Society of America and served the Drosophila community and the genetics community at large in many capacities.

A wonderful geneticist, Vickie’s ground-breaking work as a graduate student used high resolution recombination analysis to dissect gene structure. This set the stage for a 35-year career in which she excelled as a gifted teacher as well as research scientist.

Learn more about applying for the Awards or contributing to the Victoria Finnerty Fund.

Drosophila Image Award

The Drosophila Image Award was established in 2004 to recognize compelling images that communicate important findings in Drosophila research. Any image from a paper that has been accepted for publication in the calendar year preceding the Drosophila Research Conference is eligible and can be submitted by the researcher who generated it. The Award is given to the most striking image and video that clearly convey an important biological result.

Details of the competition and Award Committee members can be found at

Poster Awards

Awards will be given for the best poster presentations by GSA student members. If you are a Genetics Society of America member, the first AND presenting author on the abstract, and an undergraduate or graduate student you may nominate your poster for an award. The following prizes will be awarded: 1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100. Both scientific merit and clarity of presentation will be taken into account. Winners will be announced at the conference. PIs and Postdocs who are GSA members can indicate when they register if they would like to help with judging.

FASEB MARC Travel Awards

Faculty/mentors, students, post-baccalaureates, postdoctoral fellows, and students from minority institutions and historically black colleges and universities are invited to apply for travel funding from the FASEB-MARC Program. Underrepresented minority faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows from majority institutions are also eligible to apply for the travel awards. The awards are funded up to $1,850 each for travel-related expenses and for meeting registration.

Travel awards are provided as reimbursements to the award recipients after the meeting.

An award recipient will be required to pay his/her meeting and travel-related expenses first and then request reimbursement from the FASEB MARC Program Office after completion of the meeting/conference.

To apply or for more information on the details of FASEB MARC travel awards, click here.

GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards

GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards are available to promote excellence in undergraduate research and education. This award will provide travel support to undergraduate GSA members who will be presenting research findings at a GSA conference.

Learn more about applying for the Awards and contributing to the Award Fund.