SSR Awards and Grants

Announcing the 2018 Award Recipients

“The Society for the Study of Reproduction, and the SSR Awards Committee, would like to extend our sincere congratulations to this year’s SSR Awardees. These Awardees represent the best of a talented group of scientists that make up our society, and are truly exemplary in their service, mentoring and research. We are proud to call them our colleagues and friends, and pleased that their outstanding work has been recognized. This is truly a deserving group of Awardees.” - 2018 Awards Chair, Rebecca Krishner

Carl G. Hartman Award: Dr Patricia Hunt, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University. 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.

SSR Research Award: Dr Wei Yan,  Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV. This award recognizes an active, regular member of the Society for outstanding research published over the previous six years. 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.

Virendra B. Mahesh New Investigator Award: Dr Karen Schindler,  Department of Genetics, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, (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.

SSR Trainee Mentoring Award: Dr Teresa Woodruff, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern Medicine.  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.

SSR Jansen Distinguished Service Award: Dr Mary Ann Handel,  The JAX Center For Genetics Of Fertility And Reproduction. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated unselfish service and leadership in advancing the discipline of reproductive biology.

Program Grants and Awards

SSR and its supporters provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and awards to help defray the cost of travel and participation in the SSR Annual Meeting (see Grants and Awards) and other reproductive sciences programs (see Scholarships and Grants).

SSR Major Awards

SSR Regular and Emeritus Members in good standing may nominate worthy individuals for the SSR Awards according to the guidelines published annually. The awards are made solely to recognize outstanding contributions to the reproductive sciences and bear no obligation to the recipient or to the donor.

The name of every recipient of each award is provided on that award's page. For a comprehensive list of SSR awardees by year, please visit SSR Awardees by Year.

Janice Bahr Junior Scientist Travel Award

Supported by Janice M. Bahr, Ph.D.

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

Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award

Supported by Fuller W. Bazer, Ph.D.

This award recognizes an outstanding International Scientist who has consistently demonstrated excellence in research and graduate education at an institution outside of North America. The individual demonstrates outstanding potential for leading and directing scientific research overseas.

Carl G. Hartman Award

Supported by Cook Medical.

Named for a distinguished reproductive biologist, this is the Society's highest award. It recognizes a career of research and scholarly achievements in the field of reproductive biology. It is not required that the nominee be a member of the Society. 

SSR Research Award

Supported by SSR.

This award recognizes an active, Regular Member of the Society for outstanding research published during the previous six years. 

SSR Jansen Distinguished Service Award

Supported by SSR.

This award recognizes a member of the Society who has demonstrated unselfish service and leadership in advancing the discipline of reproductive biology. 

Virendra B. Mahesh New Investigator Award

Supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh New Investigator Fund.

This award recognizes an active, Regular Member of the Society for outstanding research completed and published within 12 years after receiving the Ph.D. or other equivalent professional degree. 

SSR Trainee Mentoring Award

Supported by the SSR Trainee Mentoring Fund.

This award recognizes an active, Regular Member of the Society who as a mentor has had a significant impact on Trainees within the SSR. The Trainee Mentoring Award is intended for individuals who exceed the basic roles of an academic advisor and becomes a mentor to those with whom they interact.

Trainee Research Awards

(to be determined for 2018)

The Trainee Research Awards recognize the best papers presented at the Annual Meeting by predoctoral or postdoctoral trainees. Abstracts are evaluated for clarity, scientific merit, and interpretation and impact of results.

Research Platform Award

2017 First Place: Megan Sheridan

2017 Second Place: Maria Szwarc

2017 Third Place: Atefeh Abedini

Research Poster Award

2017 First Place: Sweta Ravisankar

2017 Second Place: Macarena Gonzalez

2017 Third Place: Tegan Horan

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