Award Deadlines and Submissions

SBN is proud to recognize outstanding scientists at all stages of their careers, from the graduate level to senior investigator. These include the Frank A. Beach Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (an early career award), and the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, which was given for the first time in 2006. The latter two awards are named in honor of individuals who truly forged our field, as described on our page dedicated to the Founders of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Nominations are also being accepted for the SBN Scientific Advocacy Award, to recognize outstanding contributions at the interface between research and the public.

SBN Scientific Advocacy Award

Nominations for this award can be sent at any time and will be considered individually by the SBN Executive Committee. The award will not necessarily be given every year, but only as warranted. To nominate an individual, please send a copy of the candidate's CV and a letter describing how the individual's career exemplifies scientific advocacy. Nominations can be made at anytime. Please send nominations to the current President of SBN. (Nomination Form)

WC Young Recent Graduate Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Nominations are now being accepted for the WC Young Recent Graduate Award in Behavioral Endocrinology.

William C. Young was one of the founders of modern behavioral neuroendocrinology. The SBN honors WC Young through the “WC Young Recent Graduate Award” (initially created in the 1960’s by one of the society’s predecessors, the West Coast Sex Conference). The first SBN “Young Award” was presented at the 2013 annual meeting.

Eligible applicants include recent PhD awardees in the year their degree is awarded or the following year, and applicants can apply once for this award. Selection criteria for the WC Young Recent Graduate Award are based on the doctoral dissertation, scholarly productivity, and letters of reference. The candidate must also be a member of SBN. The WC Young Recent Graduate awardee will be invited to give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28 – July 1, 2020.

The deadline for submission of materials is January 20, 2020.

Applications should include the following items:

  • An essay outlining the specific contributions of the dissertation, and its broader significance to the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology (1200 word limit).
  • A current curriculum vita
  • Up to three letters of recommendation

To submit nominations/applications, please use this form.

Please have those who are providing letters of recommendation email the letters directly to Dr. Cynthia Jordan, Chair, SBN Awards Committee, at

Frank A. Beach New Investigator Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 30th Annual Frank A. Beach New Investigator Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

This award recognizes an early-career scientist who has established an independent research program which exhibits the potential for continued significant impacts on the field of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. Service to the SBN and the larger scientific and/or public community is also valued.

Eligibility requirements:

Nominees must be within 10 years of their PhD (or MD) and pre-tenure or the equivalent for international or non-tenure track positions. The candidate and at least one nominator must be members of SBN for at least one year prior to application submission.

Nominator submits:
  1. ONE nomination letter. This letter can be jointly signed by any number of individuals of any rank, but the Committee will consider only one letter.
  2. A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. Nominee’s research statement (750 word limit) that addresses the significance of their research, including how the research is pioneering and innovative, and its implications for high impact on the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. (Please append to the CV and submit as a single PDF.)
Other information:

Re-nomination of individuals nominated previously, who still meet the nomination criteria but were not chosen, is encouraged. The Awardee will be recognized and receive the award and an honorarium at the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Social at the Society for Neuroscience meeting (in Chicago, October, 2019). The Awardee will also give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28 – July 1, 2020.

Deadline for nominations: September 20th, 2019

Questions about the nomination procedures should be sent to: Dr. Cynthia Jordan, Chair, SBN Awards Committee, at

Submit a Beach Award Nomination

Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology honors one of its members with the Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award. The award serves three important purposes: (1) to honor the lifetime achievements of distinguished investigators in our field; (2) to educate junior members of SBN about the life and work of distinguished senior members; and (3) to create an opportunity for publication education and outreach by highlighting the contributions of a distinguished member.

Award Criteria

Nominators may submit the names of individuals that have a sustained record of significant original research, distinguished scholarship, and effective mentorship in any field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. Nominees must have served as a Full Professor (or its equivalent) for more than 10 years, and must have trained students and/or research associates who have, in turn, made exceptional contributions to behavioral neuroendocrinology. Retired and active scientists are eligible for the Lehrman Award. The Lehrman Awardee will be invited to present a talk at the Joint ICN/SBN Meeting.


Nominators should provide two documents for the Lehrman Award candidate.

  • A single nomination letter with a detailed description of the nominee’s most significant contributions to research, scholarship and mentorship. The nomination letter can be signed by multiple nominators, and co-nominators are encouraged. Nominations are currently being accepted. The deadline for nominations is March 19, 2019.
  • A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita

The two nominations documents should be submitted electronically via Award Nomination Form.

Context for the Award

Daniel Lehrman was an early and exceptionally influential scientist in behavioral neuroendocrinology. He was an astute observer of behavior in naturalistic contexts, and for making connections between behavioral changes and neuroendocrine systems. His lifework involved original and creative experimental designs combined with, at the time, the latest in neuroendocrine methodology. Through his scholarship, mentoring and teaching, primarily as a faculty in, and founding member of, the Institute for Animal Behavior at Rutgers University, he influenced an entire generation of scientists in our field. Many current members of SBN have one or more connections to Lehrman in their academic lineages.

New Investigator Awards*

Senior graduate students and post docs who are members of SBN in good standing (check to see if your membership dues are current here) and have a substantial story to tell about their research program may apply to present their work in The New Investigator's Symposium at the 2018 ICN/SBN meeting. New Investigator applications require an abstract, CV, a description of your research program, and 3 letters of recommendation.

*formerly Young Investigator Award