BMES Awards

Annually, BMES recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. BMES accepts nominations and applications for the following awards:

Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award - is awarded each year to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. 

Distinguished Achievement Lecture Award - is awarded each year to an individual, company, charitable foundation, or non-academic institution that has made great contributions to the field of biomedical engineering.

Diversity Lecture Award - honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.

Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award - is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering. 

Distinguished Service Award - is presented periodically to recognize members who have made extraordinary contributions to the Society.

Innovation and Career Development Awards are available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering. The awards are also intended to support participation from BMES members involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health. 

Deadline for the above awards is May 31, 2016.

 

BMES Innovation and Career Development Travel Awards

BMES is committed to inclusive excellence in building pathways to biomedical engineering careers and developing a diverse, technically and globally competent biomedical workforce. To that end, BMES has created an awards category to support travel to the BMES Annual Meeting for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering. These awards are intended to partially offset travel expenses for attendance at the Annual Meeting to enable participation from those who might not otherwise be able to attend the Meeting so they may benefit from conference programming, network, and establish connections with the potential for career-long impact.
 
Those eligible for the Innovation and Career Development Travel Awards are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals at critical transition or reentry points in their careers from underrepresented populations that include racial and ethnic minorities. Early career faculty or professionals are those who received a degree in biomedical engineering or a related science within three years of the date of application. Groups identified as being underrepresented in science and engineering include: Women, African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, American Indians/Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders (Guam, Hawaii and American Samoa). The awards are also intended to support participation from BMES members involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health.

The awards are only available to BMES members who do not receive BMES funding through any other BMES sources.
 
A BMES Advisory Committee will review the applications and select the travel award winners based on the applicant’s eligibility, career statement, CV/resume and letter of support. The travel award winners will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and an $800 travel stipend (upon completion of a W9 or W8 form provided by BMES). The winners will be announced at the Health Disparities Session at the Annual Meeting, and are strongly encouraged to attend the session.

Registration for the Annual Meeting should follow receipt of notification about the award. 
 
Applications [CLOSED] (online application form, including CV/Resume, Statement of Career Goals, and Letter of Support) are due by 5pm ET on May 31, 2016. Late applications will not be reviewed.
 
Application Requirements
1. Must submit an Online Application [CLOSED] (including CV/Resume, Statement of Career Goals, and Letter of Support)
2. Statement of Career Goals (500 words or less): The statement is required as part of the online application. It must be no more than 500 words and could address the following:

  • What attracted you to the field of biomedical engineering, and what have you done to learn more about it?
  • How do you plan to use or how do you currently use your education and training?
  • What do you perceive as the needs and/or challenges in this field?
  • How do you promote the field and provide stewardship for the discipline?

3. Letter of Support (no more than 1 page): Must be on letterhead from a mentor, department head, chair, dean or manager confirming graduate, postdoctoral fellow, or early career level status and include language requesting consideration for the BMES Innovation and Career Development Award. 
4. Applicant must be a BMES member in good standing. The BMES Innovation and Career Development Awards are only available to BMES members who do not receive BMES funding through any other BMES sources.

If you have questions, please email innovateCareer@bmes.org.


 

The Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award

The Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship Award is awarded each year to recognize an individual's outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. The award recipient is expected to deliver a plenary lecture at the Annual Meeting in the fall and publish the text of the lecture in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. A very important purpose of the lecture is to critically review a field of biomedical engineering and offer a vision of its future.


BMES Pritzker Award Recipients

2016 - Nicholas Peppas, ScD - University of Texas at Austin
2015 - Martin Yarmush, MD, PhD - Rutgers University
2014 - James J. Collins, PhD - Boston University
2013 - Ashutosh Chilkoti, PhD - Duke University
2012 - Ajit P. Yoganathan, PhD – Georgia Institute of Technology
2011 - Michael Shuler - Cornell University
2010 - Rebecca Richards-Khortum - Rice University
2009 - Don Ingber - Harvard University
2008Buddy Ratner - University of Washington
2007   Antonios Mikos - Rice University

Application Requirements
1. The award is intended to recognize a high level of originality and leadership in an area of biomedical engineering. The award recipient may have achieved excellence in biomedical engineering by contributions within the setting of the university, industry, or government.
2. The awardee's contributions are not required to precede the award date by any specific period of time.
3. The Awards Committee will screen the nominations, critically evaluate the nominee's records, and submit a rank-ordered list of the top three nominees to the BMES President. The President will select the award recipient.
4. Applicants must be a member of BMES in good standing.

This recipient receives a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, a plaque, an honorarium of $2,000 and travel expenses up to $1,250.

Please click here to submit the application form [CLOSED] along with a letter describing the nominee's service to biomedical engineering, the nominee's Curriculum Vitae, and letter(s) of support (not to exceed 5 letters) by May 31, 2016.

For questions, please contact BMES Membership Director, Lisa Prandy at lisa@bmes.org.


BMES Distinguished Achievement Award

The BMES Distinguished Achievement Award (formerly the BMES/ BME International Award) is awarded each year to an individual, company, charitable foundation, or non-academic institution that has made great contributions to the field of biomedical engineering.  The President, CEO or Founder of the recognized organization is expected to deliver a plenary lecture at the BMES Annual Meeting and to publish the text of the lecture in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.  An important purpose of the lecture is to offer a vision of the challenges and opportunities in biomedical engineering.

BMES Awards Recipients:

2016 - No winner
2015 - No winner
2014 - No winner
2013 - Sue Van -
Coulter Foundation
2012 - No winner
2011 - Roderic Pettigrew, PhD, MD -
National Instutute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
2010 - Nicholas A. Peppas, ScD - University of Texas at Austin
2009 - William A. Hawkins, President & CEO - Medtronic
2008 - Chad A. Mirkin, PhD - International Institute for Nanotechnology
2007 - Alfred E. Mann, BA, MS - MannKind Corporation

Application Requirements
1. Click here to submit the application form [CLOSED] with the nominee’s curriculum vitae, resume or a short bio, and letter (s) of support (not to exceed 5 letters).
2. The contributions of the award recipient need not precede the award date by any specific period of time.
3. The Awards Committee will screen the nominations, critically evaluate the nominees’ records, and submit a rank ordered list of the top nominees to the BMES President.  The President will select the award recipient.
4. Applicants need not be members of BMES.

The award recipient will receive a complimentary registration for the annual meeting, a plaque, a $2,000 honorarium and travel expenses up to $1,250.

Please submit the nomination materials by May 31, 2016.

For questions, please contact BMES Membership Director, Lisa Prandy at lisa@bmes.org.



BMES Diversity Award 

The BMES Diversity Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering. The award is given for a broad range of activities, including research, education, and service improving diversity in the biomedical engineering industry and/or academia. The award seeks to recognize lifetime achievements as well as innovative and/or high impact activities. Awardees alternate every year with individuals being honored in even years and projects/organizations/institutions being honored in odd years.

Applications will only be accepted for individuals for 2016!


The award recipient or a representative of the project, organization, or institution will deliver a plenary lecture at the BMES Annual Meeting and publish the text of the lecture in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. An important purpose of the lecture is to offer a vision of the challenges and opportunities facing greater diversity in biomedical engineering.

BMES Diversity Awards Recipients:

2016 - Srinivas Sridhar, PhD
2015 - The City College of New York Department of BME
2014 - Naomi Chesler, PhD
2013 - Cornell University BME Department

2012 - William M. Reichert, PhD
2011 - Cato Laurencin, PhD
2010 - Gilda A. Barabino, PhD
2009 - Sheldon Weinbaum, PhD

Application Requirements
1. Submit a nomination form [CLOSED] with the nominee's curriculum vitae, up to five letter(s) of support on letterhead, and a nomination summary on letterhead (not to exceed 5 pages) addressing:
  • What are the objectives of the nominee’s work?
  • Provide examples of how the work conforms to and supports the goal of increasing diversity in biomedical engineering.
  • Provide a detailed description of the nominee’s work.
  • Describe the community served by the work including background/history and evolution if appropriate.
  • What has been the impact of the work?
  • What are the nominee's plans to continue the work?

2. Nominees are not required to be BMES members.

3. The award recipient is expected to accept the award in person and deliver a lecture at the BMES Annual Meeting. The recipient will also publish the text       of the lecture in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

This award consists of $1,000 check, a plaque, a complimentary registration for the BMES Annual Meeting (for the project/organization/institution's representative), and travel expenses up to $1,000.  The application, including nomination form, CV, letter(s) of support (not to exceed 5 letters), and nomination summary, must be submitted by May 31, 2016.

For questions, please contact BMES Membership Director, Lisa Prandy at lisa@bmes.org.
 


Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award

In honor of former BMES Executive Director Rita Schaffer, the Society established the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award in 2000. Rita Schaffer's gift of her estate - along with contributions from her family, friends, and associates - enabled BMES to create this award.

The Young Investigator Award is offered each year to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering. The recipient will present the 20-minute Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture, and publish the text of the lecture in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.  The award recipient must be within 5 years of receiving his/her highest degree.

BMES Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award Recipients:

2016 - Jennifer Munson, PhD - University of Virginia
2015 - Jonathan F. Lovell, PhD - State University of New York at Buffalo
2014 - Kimberly M. Stroka, PhD - Johns Hopkins University
2013 - Susan N. Thomas, PhD - Georgia Tech
2012 - Christian Metallo, PhD - University of California – San Diego
2011 - Jordan Green, PhD - Johns Hopkins University
2010 - Cynthia Reinhart-King, PhD - Cornell University
2009 - Jonathan T. Butcher, PhD - Cornell University
2008 - Adam Engler, PhD - University of California -  San Diego
2007 - Michael R. Diehl, PhD - Rice University
2006 - Kaven A. Janes, PhD - University of Virginia
2005 - Jan P. Stegemann, PhD - University of Michigan
2004 - Shayn M. Peirce, PhD - University of Virginia
2003 - Melissa J. Mahoney, - University of Colorado
2002 - Thomas J. Webster, PhD - Brown University
2001 - Melody A. Swartz, PhD - Northwestern University
2000 - David V. Schaffer, PhD - University to California - Berkeley

Application Requirements:
1. Application form [CLOSED] with nominee’s CV, confidential letters of support by two recognized authorities in the field (neither of whom may be associated with the institution at which the work was completed nor a co-author on the paper), attesting to the significance of the investigation described in the manuscript.
2. The award is in recognition of high level of originality and ingenuity in a scientific work in biomedical engineering.  The applicant must be within 7 years of receiving his or her highest degree (5 years at the time of application deadline).
3. Because selection of the award recipient will largely be based on the review of a single published paper describing original work, if the candidate is not the sole author of the manuscript, she/he must be the first or senior author and the manuscript must be accompanied by a letter from the first or senior co-author attesting to the role of each contributor in design, execution and authoring the manuscript.
4. The applicant must be a BMES Member in good standing.

The award consists of a crystal award, a complimentary registration for the annual meeting, a check for $1,000 and travel expenses up to $1,000. Please fill out the application form with all supporting documentation by May 31, 2017.

For questions, please contact BMES Membership Director, Lisa Prandy at lisa@bmes.org.

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