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 the premier award of the Society given each year to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. 

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


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


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


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. 

Learn more about Student Chapter Awards.

Deadline for BMES Awards is May 15, 2017.


Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award


The Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship Award is the Society's premier award. This prestigious award is given 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
2008 - Buddy 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.

Award and Honorarium
This recipient receives a complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, a plaque, an honorarium of $12,000 and travel expenses up to $1,250.

Please complete the application form 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).

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Remember, the deadline date for all applications is May 15, 2017.


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 7 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. NIH-formatted biosketch (5 page maximum) clearly highlighting examples of research independence
     
  2. A one page research statement highlighting examples that demonstrate his/her ability to become a successful, independent PI and highlight up to three research manuscripts that the applicant has published (or is in press) as an independent PI. In the research statement, it is recommended that the applicant submit information on three publications. However, applicants with less than three manuscripts can also apply if their manuscript or manuscripts is/are very high impact. The research statement should include a publicly available link to these published manuscripts selected by the applicant. If the manuscript is not publicly available, it should be attached to the application. Applicants should use no more than 500 words for their research statement.
     
  3. A confidential letter of support by the applicants Department Chair. This letter should be sent directly to lisa@bmes.org and attest to the significance of the work generated by the applicant's laboratory as an independent PI. The letter of support should be no longer than two pages. 
     
  4. A confidential letter of support from a recognized authority in the field. The letter should not be from a former mentor, nor from anyone at the applicant's institution. This letter of support should be sent directly to lisa@bmes.org and attest to the quality of the work in the selected manuscripts.
     
  5. BMES Service Summary: The applicant should include a paragraph summary highlighting their participation within the Society. 
Award Eligibility
The Award is in recognition of a high level of originality and ingenuity in scientific work in biomedical engineering as an early stage, independent PI. The applicant must be:
  • Within seven years of completing his/her highest degree. Approved leave (maternity, paternity, elder care, etc.) does not count towards the seven year limit.
  • A tenure track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level at the time of award submission.

Service to BMES
The Applicant must be a BMES member in good standing with demonstrated participation within the Society such as serving on a Committee or assisting with the Annual BMES Meeting (Abstract reviewer, session chair, etc.). The applicant should list two situations where they have actively participated within the Society. 

Selection Criteria
The selection of the Award recipient will largely be based on the review of up to three published manuscripts describing original, independent work. The candidate must be the corresponding/senior author, or co-corresponding/co-senior author on all submitted work. Manuscript(s) may include PhD and or post-doctoral mentors as authors, but the applicant must be clear how this work is independent from their previous mentor's research. The candidate must briefly state (in their research statement) why the manuscript(s) are significant and noteworty in their respective field. While the research statement is of greatest value in determining the award recipient, applicants should also work to include a strong BMES service statement, NIH formatted biosketch showing clear examples of research independence, and a strong letter of support from their department chair. 

Award and Honorarium
The winner will receive a crystal award, complimentary registration for the annual meeting, an honorarium for $5,000 and travel expenses up to $1,000.
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Remember the deadline is May 15, 2017.

Make sure your application meets all the requirments stated above. All confidential letters should be sent to Lisa Prandy, lisa@bmes.org. 

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. 

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 with the nominee's curriculum vitae (only required for individual nominations) and a nomination summary on letterhead (not to exceed 3 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.


Award and Honorarium
This award consists of $1,000 check, a plaque, a complimentary registration for the BMES Annual Meeting (for the indicidual or project/organization/institution's representative), and travel expenses up to $1,000. 

The application, including nomination form, CV (only required for individual nominations), and nomination summary on letterhead (not to exceed 3 pages), must be submitted by May 15, 2017.

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Remember the Deadline is May 15, 2017.


For questions, please contact BMES Education Director, Michele Ciapa at michele@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 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.

Award and Honorarium

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.
                   
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Please submit the nomination materials by 
May 15, 2017

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

BMES 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 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 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 a travel stipend (upon completion of a W9 or W8 form provided by BMES). 

Registration for the Annual Meeting should follow receipt of notification about the award. 
 
Application Requirements
1. Must submit an Online Application Form (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 Career Development Award. 
 
4. Applicant must be a BMES member in good standing. The BMES Career Development Awards are only available to BMES  members who do not receive BMES funding through any other BMES sources.
 
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Remember, all applications ad materials must be submitted by 5pm ET on May 15, 2017.

Make sure your Application meets all the requirements above. (Online Application Form, including CV/Resume, Statement of Career Goals, and Letter of Support).
 
If you have questions, please email CareerDevelopmentAwards@bmes.org.

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