On February 18, 2016, Society for Developmental Biology members Samantha Brugmann of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Amy Ralston of Michigan State University were named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The awardees were selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. They will receive their awards at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring. Interviews with Brugmann and Ralston will be published in an upcoming issue of Developmental Biology. Past awardees include SDB past president Lee Niswander and former junior faculty representative Dominique Bergmann.