Nominate Colleagues for the 2021 Sabin Gold Medal & Rising Star Awards

Nov 11, 2020

Awarded annually since 1994, the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal is the highest scientific honor given by the Sabin Vaccine Institute and commemorates the legacy of the late Dr. Albert B. Sabin. This award is given to a distinguished individual who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field.

Last year we launched the Sabin Rising Star Award to recognize an early-career professional who has demonstrated a commitment to the field of immunization. This award is in keeping with Sabin’s goal to recognize the diverse makeup of the global health community, including young professionals and members of historically underrepresented groups.

In Sabin’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Action Plan, we pledged to promote greater diversity among the organizations and leaders Sabin partners with and the programs Sabin delivers, which includes this award program. In past years we have worked to increase the quantity and diversity of nominations, but acknowledge we can do more to improve the diversity, equity and inclusion of our nomination process and those selected for recognition. When considering those you wish to nominate please take special care to contemplate all people making an impact in the immunization space.

We invite you to nominate deserving individuals for both awards.

Because these awards commemorate the legacy of Dr. Sabin, nominees’ work should exemplify our mission to make vaccines more accessible, enable innovation and expand immunization across the globe. Nominees can be scientists, researchers or public health leaders.

Gold Medal nominees, who may be individuals or small teams, should have materially improved access to vaccines, have had a major impact in vaccine research and development, or enabled innovation to expand immunization, leaving an indelible imprint toward the improvement of public health.

See the full Gold Medal and Rising Star nomination criteria.

How to Submit a Nomination

To nominate a colleague for the Gold Medal or the Sabin Rising Star Award, kindly provide a one-page written explanation of the nominee’s qualifications, including their contributions to the field, why you believe they are particularly qualified to receive the award, and how their efforts align with the Sabin mission. Narrative style biographies and CVs are welcome as supporting documents. Nominations are reviewed in strict confidence.

Please email your nomination(s) no later than Friday, November 13, 2020, to

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brian Shaw, Manager, Meetings & Events, at or 202-683-1887.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to receiving your nominations.

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