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Society of
General physiologists

Excelsior Award

Congratulations to 2023 recipient

Dr. John Del Rosario Benjamin

Past Recipients

Christopher Solis


The SGP Excelsior Award is made possible by generous financial support

from individual, corporate and academic sponsors

About the Award

The purpose of this award is to identify and promote exceptional early career scientists under-represented within the fields of Physiology and Biophysics who seek to become scientists and mentors. This award is to promote those individuals who we anticipate will represent the future of our society and the future of Physiology and Biophysics.

Presented each year at the SGP Annual Symposium, the award includes a travel stipend to attend the meeting and present a platform talk, two years of formal mentorship from a senior member of SGP, and a one-year SGP membership.

All applicants will receive a one-year complimentary SGP membership.


  • The applicant must be in an Early Career stage: Senior postdoctoral fellow (i.e. actively pursuing a transition into the next professional step), Instructor, or non-tenure track Assistant Professor, and seeking a future career in science that involves mentoring the next generation of scientists.
  • The applicant must voluntarily self-identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in health-related sciences (e.g., Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander).
  • Priority will be given to applicants whose research (current or future) aligns with the topic of the upcoming SGP Annual Meeting, held every fall.
  • All applicants will receive a complimentary one-year SGP membership.

Nomination packets must include the following:

  1. Completed Award Application Form. In addition to basic personal information, the applicant will need to provide the names and contact information for those who will write supporting letters (2). All supporting documents need to be uploaded in PDF format.

  2.  Personal statement. This should be no more than 2 pages and should comment on the following:
a)    Research and training background and the significance of the resulting publications

b)    Additional scientific contributions that may not be apparent in the publication record.

c)     Career goals and future research objectives

d)    Broad impact statement. This should include a brief summary of your philosophy on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well    as your views on mentoring and advocacy.
3.  Curriculum Vitae or Biosketch.
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