Trainee Merit Awards

These awards recognize the best research presented each year at the SSR Annual Meeting and the competitions are open to all qualifying SSR Trainee Members, regardless of country of origin. The cash prizes associated with the USDA–NIFA–AFRI and Lalor Awards are intended to defray the cost of traveling to and presenting at the Annual Meeting.

The SSR Program Committee ranks all abstracts on the basis of scientific merit, assigns them to platform or poster sessions, and forwards those submitted for awards consideration to the SSR Awards Committee. The names and affiliations of the abstracts' authors are revealed to the Awards Committee only after the initial stages of the competition are complete.

All finalist/winning abstracts are noted in the Program, and each presenter receives a ribbon identifying him/her as an award finalist/winner and is recognized at a special ceremony at the end of the Annual Meeting.

Trainee Research Awards

The Trainee Research Awards recognize the best papers presented at the Annual Meeting by predoctoral or postdoctoral trainees.

Qualifications

Trainees named as Finalists for a Trainee Research Award (either Poster or Platform) may also be selected to receive either a Lalor Foundation Merit Award or a USDA–NIFA–AFRI Travel Fellowship.

  1. The candidate must be an SSR Trainee whose membership dues are paid and mentor's signature is on file in the SSR Business Office by the abstract submission deadline (15 19 February 2014).
  2. The candidate must not have previously won an SSR Trainee Research Award (1st, 2nd, or 3rd place; Platform or Poster).
  3. The candidate may be a predoctoral trainee, a postdoctoral trainee who has completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the submission deadline, or a physician-scientist who is currently in a mentored research training program; the candidate must be submitting an abstract for presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  4. The abstract must be based on work performed primarily by the candidate for the award (presenter).
  5. The abstract must be submitted online by 15 19 February 2014 (Midnight EST).
  6. While submitting the abstract online, the candidate must have checked the "SSR Trainee Research Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section.
  7. To be considered for the SSR Trainee Research Platform Award, the candidate must have checked "Platform or Poster" under Presentation Type.

Award Criteria

Abstracts

The Awards Committee evaluates all abstracts entered in competition for Trainee Research Awards according to the following criteria:

  1. scientific merit,
  2. interpretation and impact of results, and
  3. clarity of the abstract.

The Committee selects six finalists to compete for best platform presentation and six finalists to compete for best poster presentation. Finalists are notified by e-mail in April.

Presentations

The finalists' abstracts are scheduled for presentation at the meeting without consideration of status in the competition. Platform finalists present their talks during a dedicated platform session. Poster finalists present their posters during the regular poster session and the presentations are evaluated during the scheduled presentation time; at other times, their posters are on display in an area reserved for the Trainee Research Poster Finalists.

The criteria for final evaluation of the presentations are:

  1. merit of the study,
  2. presentation format,
  3. delivery,
  4. visual aids, and
  5. response to questions during discussion.

The Awards Committee determines the First (USD $500), Second (USD $300), and Third (USD $200) place winners, whose names are announced at a special ceremony at the end of the Annual Meeting.

Apply

While submitting the abstract online, check the "SSR Trainee Research Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section to be considered for this award.

Recipients

 For a list of all first, second, and third place winners of these awards, please visit Research Platform Awardees or Research Poster Awardees.

USDA–NIFA–AFRI Travel Fellowships

The USDA–NIFA–AFRI Travel Fellowships recognize research that most benefits or enhances scientific understanding of reproduction in agriculturally important species. Funding is provided by USDA–NIFA–AFRI.

Qualifications

Abstracts eligible for a USDA–NIFA–AFRI Travel Fellowship may also be considered for an SSR Trainee Research Award.

  1. The candidate must be an SSR Trainee whose membership dues are paid and mentor's signature is on file in the SSR Business Office by the abstract submission deadline (15 19 February 2014).
  2. The candidate must be a predoctoral trainee, a postdoctoral trainee who has completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the submission deadline, or a physician-scientist who is currently in a mentored research training program; the candidate must be submitting an abstract for presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  3. The abstract must be based on work performed primarily by the candidate for the award (presenter) and must relate to the goal of benefiting or enhancing our understanding of reproduction in agriculturally important species.
  4. The abstract must be submitted online by 15 19 February 2014 (Midnight EST).
  5. While submitting the abstract online, the candidate must have checked the "USDA Trainee Merit Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section.

Award Criteria

The SSR Awards Committee rates the abstracts according to how well each meets the objectives and the following criteria:

  1. relevance of research to the goal of enhancing understanding of reproduction in agriculturally important species,
  2. scientific merit,
  3. interpretation and impact of the results, and
  4. clarity of the abstract.

Approximately ten presenters are selected to receive a USDA–NIFA–AFRI Travel Fellowship of USD $500 to attend and present at the SSR Annual Meeting. Finalists are notified by e-mail in April.

Apply

While submitting the abstract online, check the "USDA Trainee Merit Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section to be considered for this award.

Lalor Foundation Merit Awards

The Lalor Foundation Merit Award recognizes the best-researched and most well-presented abstracts. These awards are supported by a grant from The Lalor Foundation.

Qualifications

Abstracts eligible for a Lalor Foundation Merit Award may also be considered for an SSR Trainee Research Award.​

  1. The candidate must be an SSR Trainee whose membership dues are paid and mentor's signature is on file in the SSR Business Office by the abstract submission deadline (15 19 February 2014).
  2. The candidate must be a predoctoral trainee, a postdoctoral trainee who has completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the submission deadline, or a physician-scientist who is currently in a mentored research training program; the candidate must be submitting an abstract for presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  3. The abstract must be based on work performed primarily by the candidate for the award (presenter).
  4. The abstract must be submitted online by 15 19 February 2014 (Midnight EST).
  5. While submitting the abstract online, the candidate must have checked the "Lalor Foundation Trainee Merit Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section.

Award Criteria

The Awards Committee rates the abstracts according to the following criteria:

  1. scientific merit,
  2. interpretation and impact of the results, and
  3. clarity of the abstract.

Approximately 16 presenters are selected to receive a Lalor Foundation Merit Award of USD $500 to attend and present at the SSR Annual Meeting. Finalists are notified by e-mail in April.

Apply

While submitting the abstract online, check the "Lalor Foundation Trainee Merit Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section to be considered for this award.

Cornelia Post Channing New Investigator Award

The Cornelia Post Channing New Investigator Award, supported by the Ovarian Workshop, recognizes the best abstracts relating to ovarian biology and presented at the SSR Annual Meeting by a predoctoral or postdoctoral trainee, regardless of country of origin.

Qualifications

Membership in the Society is not a requirement. Trainees named as Finalists for a Channing New Investigator Award may also be selected to receive either a Lalor Foundation Merit Award or a USDA–NIFA–AFRI Travel Fellowship.

  1. The candidate may be an undergraduate, M.S., M.D., or Ph.D. candidate, post-doctoral fellow, or physician-scientist who is currently in a mentored research training program.
  2. The candidate must be registered for and attend the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  3. The abstract must be based on work on some aspect of ovarian biology performed primarily by the candidate for the award, and this individual must be the presenter at the meeting.
  4. The abstract must be submitted online by 15 19 February 2014 (Midnight EST).
  5. While submitting the abstract online, the candidate must have checked the "Cornelia Channing New Investigator Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section.

    Award Criteria

    Abstracts

    The Awards Committee evaluates all abstracts entered in competition for the Channing New Investigator Award according to the following criteria:

    1. scientific merit,
    2. interpretation and impact of results, and
    3. clarity of the abstract.

    The Awards Committee and the Ovarian Workshop select four finalists to compete for this award. Although candidates may select and compete for both the Channing Award and the SSR Trainee Research Platform Award, he/she may be a finalist in only one competition. In the event that a candidate is indicated for both awards after Committee review, the SSR Awards Committee will contact the candidate and ask him/her to choose the award for which he/she would like to compete. Finalists are notified by e-mail in April.

    Presentations

    The finalists are required to make a 10-minute oral presentation of their work during a platform session of an Ovarian Workshop module. These abstracts will be scheduled for presentation at the meeting without consideration of status in the competition and will be identified in the program as finalists. The criteria for final evaluation of the presentations are:

    1. merit of the study,
    2. presentation format,
    3. delivery,
    4. visual aids, and
    5. response to questions during discussion.

    The Awards Committee and the Ovarian Workshop determine the First (USD $500) and Second (USD $250) place winners, whose names are announced at a special ceremony at the end of the Annual Meeting.

    Apply

    While submitting the abstract online, check the "Cornelia Channing New Investigator Award" box in the SSR Trainee Merit Award section to be considered for this award.

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