Selection Criteria
Selection Criteria

Criteria for Selection for the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award

Criteria for selection: the Cristofalo awardee should be a research scientist in an early or middle phase of his/her career. The candidate should have already made major discoveries in the fundamental biology of aging and whose work is deemed likely to be highly influential for decades to come. The typical candidate would be at the level of an Associate Professor or its equivalent although, in unusual cases, Assistant Professors may qualify.

The selection committee should be able to cite a series of research papers, recently published in highly regarded professional journals that have already led to important surprises and already begun to modulate our understanding of fundamental aspects of the genetics, cell biology, or molecular processes of aging. The awardees' work should have acquired sufficient momentum, i.e. sufficient speed and direction, to convince the selection committee that discoveries of equal prominence and influence will continue to emerge for many years to come. Scientists who have been well known for many years are not ideal as candidates for the Cristofalo award, because the award is instead intended specifically to honor researchers who are in the "rising star" stage of their career trajectories: people who are already highly respected by experts, but whose ascension to national and international eminence is easy to predict but not yet complete.



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