Dr. Molly Przeworski has been elected to two of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Przeworski’s work aims to understand how natural selection has shaped patterns of genetic variation, and to identify the causes and consequences of variation in recombination and mutation rates, in humans and other organisms.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences “honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world,” and to work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”
The National Academy of Sciences was established by an Act of Congress in 1863 and is "charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology." Scientists are elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to research. According to the National Academy of Sciences, "approximately 500 current and deceased members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research."