About the Award
The Dolores C. Shockley Poster Awards were established by ASPET in 2010 to honor Dr. Dolores C. Shockley, the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in pharmacology and the first to be appointed to chair a pharmacology department in the U.S. The award
is offered through the ASPET Mentoring and Career Development committee as part of their mission to promote diversity in pharmacology. The awards are given annually as part of the ASPET Student/Postdoc Poster Competition at the ASPET Annual Meeting. Awards are available in the same categories as
for the general competition: 1) undergraduate students; 2) graduate and post-baccalaureate students; and 3) postdoctoral scientists.
Applicants for the Dolores C. Shockley poster award must be members of groups defined by the NIH to be underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, which include: Black or African-American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native American, and natives
of the US Pacific Islands; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. All other eligibility requirements, award terms, and prizes are as stated for the general poster competition. For more details and to apply, please visit the ASPET Poster Awards page.
About Dr. Dolores C. Shockley
Born in 1930 in Clarksdale, Mississippi to a successful family of professionals, Dr. Shockley earned a bachelor's in pharmacy in 1951 from Xavier University in New Orleans and continued her studies at Purdue University. After earning her PhD in pharmacology in 1955, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to the Pharmacology Institute in Copenhagen which allowed her to hone her research skills.
Shockley returned to the U.S. after that two-year fellowship and began her career in research and teaching as an assistant professor at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and as a visiting professor at Einstein College of Medicine in New York from 1959 to 1962. In 1988, she was appointed chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Meharry, making her the first black woman to chair a pharmacology department in the U.S.
Dr. Shockley’s research has focused on chemical compounds which could be used to treat stimulant dependency and overdose. In 2009, Dr. Shockley received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Purdue University. She has been a long-standing member of ASPET and has served on numerous national committees.