The Zelnick-Belzberg Research Prize was established from a generous donation from the Zelnick-Belzberg Charitable Trust in 2021 to recognize the transformative research of graduate student members in the Center of Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University. This prize provides an important vehicle to recognize exceptional research by a graduate student on a topic that is chosen as a priority to study by the CHES director and the CHES executive board.