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Lauter Award for Graduate Student Creativity and Research Excellence

Lauter Award for Graduate Student Creativity and Research Excellence

Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics is pleased to announce an annual award in memory of Dr. Nick Lauter, USDA Research Geneticist and active faculty member in the IGG graduate program at Iowa State University from 2006 to 2021.  Dr. Lauter was a highly skilled geneticist who approached his diverse research interests with creativity and enthusiasm, and engaged in rich collaborations to address complex scientific questions. 

The Lauter Award annually recognizes an IGG graduate student who demonstrates research excellence, brings a spirit of creativity, originality and thoroughness to their research, and who engages in fruitful collaborations to further their research goals.   


The Lauter Award is open to IGG graduate students in any genetics field who have advanced to PhD candidacy (i.e. passed the preliminary exam).  

Application process

For each candidate, the following must be submitted to Carla Harris by March 13, 2024:

(1) Letter of nomination (2 page limit) from an IGG faculty member, that includes examples of nominee’s creativity and excellence in research and their collaborative spirit.

(2) Letter of support (2 page limit) from faculty member or scientist (ISU or external) that describes the nominee’s role in collaborative efforts.

(3) Nominee’s CV (5 page limit), including list of publications and manuscripts under review, and poster presentations and talks given at regional and national conferences.

Timeline for 2024

March 13, 2024 - Application closing date 

March 22, 2024 - Committee selects the recipient

Recipient will be recognized at the Spring 2024 Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences symposium on April 4, 2024

Award amount for 2024

Award of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque.

Congratulations to Clayton Carley and Swathy Krishna for being the first recipients of the Lauter Award!

Clayton Carley and Swathy Krishan