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HBES Awards

The Human Behavior and Evolution Society Early Career Award and Lifetime Career Award recognizes individuals for their contributions to the field. To nominate someone for The Early Career Award or Lifetime Career Award please see the instructions below. In addition, each year the editors of Evolution and Human Behavior, the official journal of the society, award the The Margo Wilson Award for best paper published in Evolution and Human Behavior. View previous award winners.

During the annual Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference, three additional awards are made: The New Investigator Award, an award for the best paper by a graduate student, The Post-Doctoral Research Award, an award for the best paper by an individual who completed a PhD within the past 5 years, and The Best Poster Award, an award for the best poster presented at the HBES conference. Winners of these awards are listed for each conference.

The HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution

The HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution is awarded to HBES members who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in evolution and human behavior. For these awards, nominators should include in the letter of nomination a statement addressing the following questions:

  • What are the general themes of the nominee's major lines of research?
  • What are the important research findings usually attributed to the nominee?
  • To what extent have the nominee's contributions generated research in the field?
  • What has been the significant and enduring influence of the nominee's research?
  • What historical contribution has the nominee's research made to the field?
  • Compare the nominee with others in her/his field.
  • What influence has the nominee had on students and others in the same field of study?
  • Where possible, please identify the nominee's students by name.

Nominations for these awards should include a letter of nomination, a curriculum vita, a recent complete bibliography, up to five representative reprints and the names and addresses of several scientists familiar with the nominee's work. Deadline for nomination: April 30, 2014. Please send nominations directly to Nancy Segal (nsegal@exchange.fullerton.edu). Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution Committee: Nancy Segal (head), Steven Pinker, and Jane Lancaster.

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The HBES Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution

The HBES Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior. The nomination letter should include the following information:

  • What are the general themes of the nominee's major lines of research?
  • What are the important research findings discovered by the nominee?
  • To what extent have the nominee's contributions generated research in the field?

Nominations for the HBES Early Career Award should include a statement about the worthiness of the nominee, curriculum vita of the nominee, a recent complete bibliography, and no more than five reprints representative of the nominee's contributions. Please note: The award is subject to the following limitation: The nominee must be no more than 10 years post-Ph.D. Deadline for nomination: April 30, 2014. Please send nominations directly to Lisa DeBruine (debruine@gmail.com). Early Career Award Committee: Lisa Debruine (head), Elizabeth Cashdan, and Todd Shackelford.

Award Winners

This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2013 Winner – Lifetime Career Award Sarah Hrdy University of California, Davis
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2013 Winner – Early Career Award David A. Puts Pennsylvania State University
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2013 Winner – The Margo Wilson Award Maciej Chudek, Sarah Heller, Susan Birch, Joseph Henrich Prestige-biased cultural learning: bystander's differential attention to potential models influences children's learning. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 46–56.
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2012 Winner – Lifetime Career Award Jane Lancaster University of New Mexico
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2012 Winner – Early Career Award Lisa DeBruine University of Glasgow
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2012 Winner – The Margo Wilson Award Alex Mesoudi An experimental comparison of human social learning strategies: Payoff-biased social learning is adaptive but under-used. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32, 334–342.
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2011 Winner – Lifetime Career Award William Irons Northwestern University
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2011 Winner – The Margo Wilson Award David A. Puts Beauty and the beast: mechanisms of sexual selection in humans. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 157–175.
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2010 Winner – Lifetime Career Award Napoleon A. Chagnon University of California, Santa Barbara
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2010 Winner – Early Career Award Michael Gurven University of California, Santa Barbara
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2010 Winner – The Margo Wilson Award Andreas Wilke & Clark Barrett The hot hand phenomenon as a cognitive adaptation to clumped resources. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30, 161-169.
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2009 Winner – Lifetime Career Award Martin Daly and Margo Wilson McMaster University
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2009 Winner – Early Career Award Joseph Henrich University of British Columbia
This Year's HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner
2008 Winner – Lifetime Career Award Richard D. Alexander University of Michigan
This Year's HBES Early Career Award Winner
2008 Winner – Early Career Award Robert Kurzban University of Pennsylvania