Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades


Faculty Chairs


Endowed Chairs

The Joan Klein and Irwin Mark Jacobs Senior Scientist Endowed Chair Challenge began in 2008 to encourage donors to establish endowed chairs for Salk senior scientists. For every $2 million donor contribution toward a chair, the Jacobs added $1 million to achieve the $3 million required to fully endow a chair. To date, the Jacobs Challenge has resulted in 18 chairs.


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Developmental Chairs

This academic honor is bestowed on scientists in recognition of their achievements in their field of study and to further support their careers. The impressive number of chairs awarded to Salk Institute’s assistant and associate professors reflects the excellence and promise of their scientific research.
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Faculty Awards & Honors


Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is widely regarded as the most prestigious award given for intellectual achievement in the world. As stipulated by Alfred Nobel in his will, it is awarded “to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.”
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Albert Lasker Awards

The Lasker Award, which has come to be known as the “American Nobel,” recognizes basic researchers and clinical scientists whose work has been seminal to understanding and treating disease and is the most coveted award in medical science.
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Gairdner Foundation International Award

The Gairdner is one of the most prestigious awards in all of science. Founded by the late Toronto businessman James Gairdner, the Gairdner Award recognizes medical scientists “whose seminal discoveries and major scientific contributions constitute tangible and significant achievement in biomedical sciences.”
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National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences is an organization of scientists and engineers established by Congress and dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the general welfare. Members and foreign associates are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Currently, one in four Salk scientists is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
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National Academy of Medicine

With a mission to advise the nation on matters of health and medicine and provide a broad view of the research enterprise, members of the National Academy of Medicine help guide medical and scientific research and identify priorities for the nation.
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National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering promotes the technological welfare of the nation by marshaling the knowledge and insights of eminent members of the engineering profession.
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National Medal of Science

The National Medal of Science is an honor bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals who have made important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics.
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Fellows of the Royal Society

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognize, promote and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs.
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s flagship program, where leading scientists—called investigators—are selected through rigorous national competitions to direct Institute laboratories on the campuses of universities, research institutes and medical centers throughout the United States. The HHMI is a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, and plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States.
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American Philosophical Society Members

The American Philosophical Society is an eminent scholarly organization of international reputation that promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources and community outreach. Founded in 1743, it is this country’s first learned society, and has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 265 years.
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