AAI Lancefield Mid-Career Achievement Award

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) and the AAI Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) are pleased to announce the launch of a new awards program specifically for mid-career women immunologists: The AAI Lancefield Mid-Career Achievement Award.

The AAI Lancefield Mid-Career Achievement Award is named after Rebecca C. Lancefield, the first woman to serve as AAI President. This award recognizes and further encourages the research and leadership achievements of women in immunology. The Lancefield Award annually honors one outstanding mid-career investigator for research and leadership within the field.

Recipients of the Lancefield Award will receive a $5,000 cash award, AAI annual meeting registration at the early rate, travel support to attend the AAI annual meeting, and an invitation to participate as a table leader during the Careers in Science Roundtables, co-sponsored by the CSOW and Education Committee, held during the AAI annual meeting. The award recipient will present their research in an award lecture preceded by the award presentation.


A nominee must be a Regular AAI member* who is an exceptional investigator and identifies as a woman. They must be engaged in active research as a principal investigator (or equivalent role) and must be within at least seven but no more than 15 years of starting their first independent faculty/scientist position at the time of the award being granted**. The most competitive nominees will have significant accomplishments in both research and service, including teaching, leadership, mentorship, and administration. Eligible candidates may have any affiliation, including institutions in academia, government, industry, or non-profits. Eligibility of the nominee will be checked at the time of nomination and before presentation of the award. Posthumous awards will not be considered.

Candidates must be nominated by Regular AAI members in good standing.* Members may not nominate themselves. Members of the AAI Council and AAI Committee on the Status of Women may neither nominate nor recommend candidates, nor be nominated themselves.

* Member dues paid through the end of 2024; 2023 dues must be paid by the time of submission and 2024 dues must be paid by November 30, 2023.

** For eligibility for the 2024 award (for which nominations are accepted August 1, 2023 to September 20, 2023), nominees must begin their first independent positions between January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2016.

Nomination Instructions

Please send all documents as a single combined PDF file to awards@aai.org. Please be aware that the single, combined PDF must be no larger than 20MB. Packages that are not complete will not be considered.

Please include the following in the nomination package:

  1. One nomination letter of not more than two (2) pages submitted by a Regular AAI member in good standing. The letter should address the nominee’s qualifications in reference to their accomplishments in either research or service. Include the nominee’s complete and current contact information (Full name [first, middle initial, last], title and affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address). The nomination letter must be from one individual and not include multiple endorsements within it. It should reflect the observations and opinions of the author. Please refrain from extensive reliance on quotations and observations of others. This letter must be signed.
  2. One letter of recommendation of not more than two (2) pages will come from an individual that can address accomplishments or service of the nominee that the nomination letter does not. The second letter may come from anyone, AAI member or not, in a position to speak to these accomplishments. The letter must be from one individual and not include multiple endorsements within it. This letter must be signed and included in the package.
  3. The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including education and fellowships (institution, dates, degrees), important awards, relevant employment history, and selected bibliography (complete citations with titles).

Nominations will be accepted beginning August 1, 2023. Complete nomination packages must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern on September 20, 2023. Packages must be submitted by email as a single combined PDF file to awards@aai.org. Incomplete nomination packages or nominations that do not comply with the stated instructions will not be considered. AAI will not accept materials sent separately or through regular mail. Final award decisions are at the discretion of AAI.

AAI reserves the right to limit the number of nominations considered for any one candidate. In most cases, no more than two will be accepted, in order of their receipt. Please direct inquiries to awards@aai.org.

According to U.S. law, any AAI award recipient receiving monetary awards totaling $600 or more in a single year must provide AAI with a completed Form W-9 or a Form W-8BEN (as appropriate) in advance of receiving the cash award.

2024 AAI Lancefield Mid-Career Achievement Award Recipient

Stephanie Eisenbarth

Stephanie Eisenbarth, M.D., Ph.D. (AAI ’17)

Northwestern Univ. Feinberg Sch. of Med., USA

For outstanding research and leadership by a mid-career woman investigator

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