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

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.

Due to unusual circumstances this year, the executive committee has agreed to relax, for this year only, the eligibility requirements for the WC Young Award.

Eligible applicants for the 2020 WC Young Award include recent PhD awardees who received their PhD between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. The applicant must also be a current member of the society (2021 membership) and must have been a member for at least two of the past three years. 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 WC Young Recent Graduate awardee will have the honor of speaking in the Awardee Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28 – July 1, 2021.

Submissions are closed. Please check back.

The deadline for submission of materials is February 1, 2021.

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

The Society of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN)’s New Investigator Award is named in Frank Beach’s honor, a tribute both to his scientific accomplishments and to his teaching and mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Frank Beach was the principal founder of behavioral endocrinology: He named and defined the discipline (Beach, 1975), wrote the first survey (Beach, 1948) and history (Beach, 1981) of the field, organized the annual West Coast sex conference, which eventually morphed into the SBN, and founded the journal Hormones and Behavior.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 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 have a PhD (or MD) and be pre-tenure (if in a tenure track position). The candidate and at least one nominator must be members of SBN for at least one year prior to application submission.

Nominator submits:
  • 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.
  • A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  • 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 (scheduled to occur in Washington DC, November, 2020). The Awardee will also give a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, scheduled to occur in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2021. In the event that either conference is canceled due to the COVID19-pandemic, or if the awardee is unable to travel to either conference, an Awards ceremony via Zoom will be scheduled for late Fall 2020 and an opportunity for a virtual presentation for Summer 2021.

Deadline for nominations: September 27th, 2020

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 and (2) to educate junior members of SBN about the life and work of distinguished senior members, including their role in publication education, outreach and other efforts that exemplify good stewardship of our discipline.

The Lehrman Awardee for 2020 will be honored and have the opportunity to give a talk at the upcoming Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28 – July 1, 2020.

Award Criteria and Eligibility Requirements
  • Eligible nominees have a sustained record of significant original research, distinguished scholarship, and effective mentorship in any field of behavioral neuroendocrinology.
  • Nominees must also 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.

Both retired and active scientists are eligible for the Lehrman Award.

  • A single nomination letter with a detailed description of the nominee’s most significant contributions to research, scholarship and mentorship, including highlights of notable contributions made by one or more of the candidate’s mentees to the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology. The nomination letter can be signed by multiple nominators, and co-nominators are encouraged.
  • A current copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita

Required documents should be submitted electronically via Award Nomination Form.

Nominations are closed. Please check back.

Nominations are due February 15, 2020.

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