Young scientist award renamed in memory of leading geneticist

Published: 11 May 2015

An annual award which supports young scientists in developing their careers has been renamed in honour of BSAS late senior vice-president, Steve Bishop.

Professor Steve Bishop, a group leader at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, died in April after a short battle with cancer.

A world-renowned scientist who played a huge part in the understanding of how genetics impacts on infectious diseases in farm animals, Professor Bishop was renowned for the support he offered to students and young scientists starting out in their careers.

A long-standing member of British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), he also made a huge contribution to the Society, offering his support, knowledge and skills to help in a wide range of issues.

In recognition of his efforts with BSAS and his work with young people, BSAS’ Early Careers Award will now be known as The Steve Bishop Early Careers Award.

The scholarship, worth up to £5000 annually is aimed at BSAS members in the early part of academic career, such as postgraduate researchers or those within three years of a postgraduate degree.

Grants can be used towards specific short research programmes or training opportunities, to support work with a new academic or industrial partner, or to part-fund projects in any relevant animal science sector.

BSAS chief executive Mike Steele said it was hugely appropriate that the award would be renamed in Professor Bishop’s memory. 

“Steve spent his life encouraging younger colleagues and students, helping them further their research and their careers wherever he could.

“This award aims to help young scientists develop themselves and their research – something Steve very much supported.”

The Steve Bishop Early Careers Award is awarded annually. Applications should be submitted by February. For more information visit BSAS Awards.


Source: BSAS


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