SSR 2018 Awards Nominations

MISSION: An important function of the Society for the Study of Reproduction is acknowledging individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the scientific discipline of reproductive biology.

Recognition is provided through five awards: Carl G. Hartman Award, SSR Research Award, Jansen SSR Distinguished Service Award, SSR New Investigator Award, and SSR Trainee Mentoring Award.

Procedure

PROCEDURE: Members of the Society have the privilege and responsibility of nominating individuals for these awards. The process is straightforward. If more than one person is nominating, one person should be designated as the primary Nominator for future communications and be the sender of the following:

  1. A letter of nomination, no more than 4 pages in length.
  2. No more than two supporting letters from other individuals, each no longer than 2 pages in length. The Trainee Mentoring award may have up to 4 supporting letters, each no longer than 2 pages in length.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV should include:
    • professional positions held,
    • overview of research focus and seminal accomplishments,
    • honors/awards received,
    • special appointments (e.g. administrative positions, editorships),
    • invited lectures/workshops/symposia,
    • extramural funding/grant support,
    • peer-reviewed publications and reviews that exemplify the criteria of the award (indicate the total number of publications at the beginning of this section).

See descriptions of individual awards for any other specific requirements.

Send nominating materials by 1 December 2017, to: Rebecca Krisher, Chair, SSR Awards Committee, e-mail: rkrisher@FLColo.com. Please send nomination materials in PDF format, and combine all nomination materials into one PDF file if possible. The preferred method is e-mail to facilitate prompt review by the entire Awards Committee, but please contact Dr. Krisher by email if you require a different method for or need assistance in sending any nomination documents.

Carl G. Hartman Award

(supported by a grant from Cook Medical)

The highest award of the SSR is given in recognition of a career of research and scholarly activities in the field of reproductive biology. The nominee must be living at the time their nomination is submitted. The nominee does not have to be a member of the Society. The letter of nomination should be accompanied by two supporting letters from other individuals. See Procedure, above, for guidelines regarding length of the nomination and supporting letters. Letters of nomination should specifically address each of the criteria for this award, as described below.

Criteria for the Carl G. Hartman Award are as follows:

  1. Research
    1. Originality
      1. Pioneered in the development of novel and significant areas of knowledge, including the development of creative and innovative hypotheses.
      2. Developed new knowledge in a creative manner and with independent insight.
      3. Created new knowledge to expand the understanding of reproductive biology and/or extended the application of knowledge to technology.
    2. Experimental Practices
      1. Developed new and superior experimental methodologies.
      2. Formulated experimental designs that enabled the derivation of unambiguous conclusions.
      3. Conveyed research results to the scientific community with clarity through timely presentation at scientific meetings and by publication in high-quality journals.
    3. Leadership
      1. Provided essential contributions in team research endeavors.
      2. Recognized as an innovator and scholar by peers as evidenced by other scientific awards and invitations to participate in scholarly activities, such as symposia.
      3. Shared research experience willingly and unselfishly with the scientific community through activities, such as providing expert advice, sharing new techniques, or providing unique reagents.
  2. Other activities—The nominee, through leadership and innovation, provided substantive and significant contributions to reproductive biology in one or more of the following activities:
    1. Teaching.
    2. Mentoring of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or interns.
    3. Application of experimental results to the benefit of society.
    4. Administration or management in universities, government, industry, or other organizations.
    5. Membership with active participation in SSR or other professional societies and their activities (see SSR's Service List).
    6. Participation in regional, national, or international review or advisory committees and panels.
    7. Editorships and other activities related to scholarly publications.

SSR Research Award

(supported by SSR)

This award recognizes an active, regular member of the Society for outstanding research published over the previous six years. The letter of nomination should be accompanied by two supporting letters from other individuals. See Procedure, above, for guidelines regarding length of the nomination and supporting letters. Nomination and supporting letters must emphasize work completed in the previous six years. Letters of nomination should specifically address each of the criteria for this award, as described below. In making its recommendation, the Awards Committee will consider the significance of the problems under investigation, the breadth and depth of the analyses performed, and the level of originality manifested in the publications of this work. The recipient of this award will have the honor of presenting his/her research during the annual meeting of the SSR in July 2018 and of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in October 2018.

Criteria for the SSR Research Award are as follows:

  1. Research
    1. Originality
      1. Pioneered in the development of novel and significant areas of knowledge including the development of innovative hypotheses during research.
      2. Developed new knowledge in a creative manner and with independent insight.
      3. Created new knowledge which served as a foundation for expanding our understanding of reproductive biology and/or for the application of knowledge to technology.
    2. Experimental Practices
      1. Developed new and superior experimental methodologies.
      2. Formulated experimental designs that permitted the derivation of unambiguous conclusions and concepts.
      3. Communicated research results to the scientific community with clarity through timely presentation at scientific meetings and by publication in high-quality journals.
    3. Leadership
      1. The nominee provided essential contributions in team research endeavors.
      2. The nominee is recognized as an innovator and scholar by her/his peers as evidenced by other scientific awards and invitations to participate in scholarly activities, such as symposia.
      3. The nominee shared her/his research experience willingly and unselfishly with the scientific community through activities, such as providing expert advice, sharing new techniques, or providing unique reagents.
  2. Other Activities
    1. This award is given for research excellence. However, the requirement that the nominee be an "active, regular member of the Society" implies participation in the activities of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (see SSR's Service List).

Jansen SSR Distinguished Service Award

(supported by SSR)

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated unselfish service and leadership in advancing the discipline of reproductive biology. The letter of nomination should be accompanied by two supporting letters from other individuals. See Procedure, above, for guidelines regarding length of the nomination and supporting letters. Letters of nomination should specifically address each of the criteria for this award, as described below.

In submitting nominations for the Jansen SSR Distinguished Service award, the following nonbinding criteria (in order of importance) will be considered:

  1. Evidence of service to the discipline, such as organization of meetings, provision of reagents, participation in public advisory groups, contributions to public relations or communications with lay support groups, and related activities.

  2. Evidence for training predoctoral and/or postdoctoral fellows in reproductive biology. Emphasis should be given to trainees who have attained positions of leadership.

  3. Evidence of leadership positions in reproductive biology, such as offices in the Society for the Study of Reproduction and related organizations, editorial boards, and national and international review committees.

  4. Evidence of a productive career in research. Of particular importance are insights resulting from studies of the nominee that pioneered new areas of significant research in reproductive biology.

SSR New Investigator Award

(supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh New Investigator Endowment Fund)

This award recognizes an active, Regular member of SSR for outstanding research completed and published within 12 years after receiving the Ph.D. or other equivalent professional degree. Nominees will be evaluated on the originality of the research, the significance and impact of the research in reproductive sciences or allied fields, and the degree to which the nominee’s research was independent of that of a mentor. Letters of recommendation should accompany the nomination from two senior colleagues and/or scientific collaborators. See Procedure, above, for guidelines regarding length of the nomination and supporting letters. Letters of nomination should specifically address each of the criteria for this award, as described below. The recipient of this award will have the honor of presenting his/her research during the annual meeting of the SSR in 2018 and at annual meeting of the Society for Reproduction & Fertility in 2019.

Criteria for the SSR New Investigator Award are as follows:

  1. Originality, independence, and conceptual breakthroughs.
  2. Contribution and significance to the field of reproductive sciences.
  3. Contribution and significance to allied fields of investigation.
  4. Development of important new methodology, technology, and/or clinical procedures with clear applications in basic research, animal or human clinical practice, or assisted reproductive technologies.

Trainee Mentoring Award

(supported by the SSR Trainee Mentoring Fund)

This award recognizes an SSR member who as a mentor has had significant impact on Trainees within the SSR. The Trainee Mentoring Award will be presented each year at the SSR Annual Meeting to an SSR member who has consistently demonstrated a measure of support and guidance to Trainees that far exceeds the basic responsibilities required of an academic advisor. An individual may receive this award only once. Candidates must be nominated by Regular and/or Trainee members of SSR who were significantly influenced by the nominee. Nominations must include a one-page objective summary highlighting the candidate’s contributions to trainees in SSR and no more than four additional letters of support demonstrating why this candidate is an outstanding mentor. See Procedure, above, for guidelines regarding length of the nomination and supporting letters. Letters of nomination should specifically address each of the criteria for this award, as described below. The award will be presented at the SSR Annual Meeting by a member of the Trainee Affairs Committee.

Criteria for the Trainee Mentoring Award are as follows:

  1. Outstanding service as a mentor: the nominee has exceeded the basic roles of an academic advisor, becoming a mentor to those with whom they interact.
  2. Knowledge of the discipline: the nominee has demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of and passion for reproductive biology and its implications in the broader world of scientific research, which significantly shapes intellectual interactions with Trainees.
  3. Scope of mentorship: the mentoring may be concentrated in the classroom, laboratory, or in the field. The number of Trainees who have been mentored by the nominated individual will be considered, with special attention given to mentorship of Trainees who have subsequently made an impact in reproductive biology.
  4. Other activities: selfless service as a teacher and trusted mentor to undergraduate, graduate, and/or post-doctoral Trainees in reproductive biology; instruction inside or out of the classroom with a passion that is passed on to those mentored; evidence that the nominee has significantly enhanced the careers and potential for success in advisees.
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