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ASHG honors excellence in research conducted by predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (including genetic counseling trainees) through merit-based awards that recognize highly competitive abstracts submitted and presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting. These awards were renamed in 2012 to honor the late Dr. Charles Epstein, who was a past president of ASHG, former editor of AJHG, and winner of both the William Allan Award and the McKusick Leadership Award.

The Program Committee and Awards Committee, in consultation with the ASHG Board of Directors, determine the number of awards, the categories for which they are given, and the prize amounts of each award (currently $750 plus complimentary registration for approximately 60 semifinalists). Abstract scoring is completed by the Program Committee, and the top-ranking abstracts (semifinalists) are submitted to the Awards Committee, which selects 18 finalists (who receive an additional $250) prior to the Annual Meeting. Six winners, receiving an additional $1,000 each, are chosen after the committee members judge the finalists' presentations

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