SSR 2019 Awards Nominations

*you can download the full criteria list here

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, SSR Trainee Mentoring Award, Fuller Bazer SSR International Award, and Janice Bahr Junior Scientist Travel Fund.

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.

Current Members of the Awards Committee are not eligible to be nominated. View current Awards Committee Members HERE. See descriptions of individual awards for any other specific requirements.
Send nominating materials, by 3 December 2018, to: Dr. Vargheese Chennathukuzhi, Chair, SSR Awards Committee, e-mail: awards@ssr.org

Please send all nomination materials in a single, consolidated PDF file, if possible. The preferred method is e-mail to facilitate prompt review by the entire Awards Committee, but please contact Dr. Chennathukuzhi by email if you must send any nomination documents via a different means

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 exclusively the 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 2019 and of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in October 2019.

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.

View previous SSR Jansen Distinguished Service Award recipients HERE

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 of training pre-doctoral and/or postdoctoral fellows in reproductive biology. Emphasis should be
    placed on 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.

Virendra B. Mahesh 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, significance, and impact of their research in reproductive sciences or allied fields, and the degree to which their research was independent of that of a mentor. Letters of recommendation from two senior colleagues and/or scientific collaborators should accompany the nomination. 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 2019.

View previous SSR New Investigator Award recipients HERE

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 additional letters of support demonstrating how 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.

View previous Trainee Mentoring Award recipients HERE

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.

Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award Fund

(supported by the Fuller Bazer)

The Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award Fund was established in 2017 for the purpose of providing funding to support an award presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, as follows:

View previous Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award Fund recipients HERE 

Requirements: 

  1. Applicant must be an outstanding International Scientist who has consistently demonstrated excellence in
    research and graduate education at an institution outside of North America.
  2. An individual must demonstrate outstanding potential for leading and directing scientific research
    overseas.

Application Components: 

  1. Statement of Purpose - Please submit a statement (2-page maximum) describing your professional
    accomplishments that qualify you as a competitive applicant for the award. Specifically detail your
    accomplishments in the areas of research, education, and service.
  2. Recommendation Letters (sent directly to SSR)
  3. Curriculum Vitae

How to Apply: 

  1. Combine your Statement of Purpose and CV into one PDF document
  2. Name this PDF using the following naming convention: Applicant Last Name_Award Name e.g.,
    Jones_International
  3. Email PDF to awards@ssr.org
  4. Have your recommendation letter writers send their recommendations to SSR (same email addresses as
    above) using the following naming convention: Applicant Last Name_Award Name_Writer Last Name
    e.g., Jones Junior_Davis

Janice Bahr Junior Scientist Travel Fund

(supported by the Janice Bahr)

This award recognizes a Regular Member of the Society, an active Assistant Professor or position of similar rank on the tenure-track.

View previous Janice Bahr Junior Scientist Travel Fund recipients HERE 

Requirements: 

  1. Individual must be a regular member of SSR
  2. Provide proof of appointment as an Assistant Professor or position of similar rank and 5 years into a tenure track
  3. Be employed by a U.S or international academic institution

Application Components: 

  1. Statement of Purpose - Please submit a statement (2-page maximum) describing your professional accomplishments that qualify you as a competitive applicant for the award. Specifically detail your accomplishments in the areas of research, education, and service.
  2. Recommendation Letters (sent directly to SSR)
  3. Curriculum Vitae

How to Apply: 

  1. Combine your Statement of Purpose and CV into one PDF document
  2. Name this PDF using the following naming convention: Applicant Last Name_Award Name e.g.,
    Hedrick_Junior
  3. Email PDF to awards@ssr.org
  4. Have your recommendation letter writers send their recommendations to SSR (same email addresses as
    above) using the following naming convention: Applicant Last Name_Award Name_Writer Last Name
    e.g., Hedrick Junior_Davis
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