Awards

2019 APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN FEBRUARY 15, 2019
 
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 annual 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. 

BMES Mid-Career Award - is awarded each year to a BMES member in good standing to recognize meritorious achievements and energetic leadership in biomedical engineering. The achievements may be in scholarship, education, mentorship, or practice of biomedical engineering, and must include significant involvement and sustained contributions to BMES.  

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.

Career Development Awards - are available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty, and early career professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health in biomedical engineering. 

BMES-NSBE Awards support NSBE student and NSBE professional members pursuing an educational or career pathway in biomedical engineering. .


Learn more about Student Awards / Student Chapter Awards.



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

2019 - Christopher Chen, MD, PhD - Boston University
2018 - Rashid Bashir, PhD - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 - Gordana Vunjak, Novakovic, PhD - Columbia University

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 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. Applicants must be a member of BMES in good standing.
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).

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

**The Awards Committee will screen all nominations, critically evaluate the nominee's records, and submit its recommendation to the BMES Executive Committee for approval. 

Award Nomination Submissions are due May 15, 2019. 
For questions, please contact membership@bmes.org.



BMES Mid-Career Award 

The Mid-Career Award is awarded to a BMES member in good standing to recognize meritorious achievements and energetic leadership in biomedical engineering. The achievements may be in scholarship, education, mentorship, or practice of biomedical engineering, and must include significant involvement and sustained contributions to BMES. The recipient must have earned his/her doctorate no more than 20 and no less than 10 years prior to May 15 of the year of application. Typically, an academic recipient will hold the status of associate professor consistent with peer recognition for contributions as an independent research-educator. In non-academic sectors, the recipient will typically demonstrate strong contributions in mentorship, practice, or leadership within appropriate positions in industry.

BMES Mid-Career Award Recipients 

2018 - Cynthia Reinhart-King, Ph.D. - Vanderbilt University
 
Application Requirements

  1. A nomination letter that highlights the nominee’s contributions to biomedical engineering in one of the following areas: mentorship, practice, leadership, scholarship, or education. This letter should be sent directly to the Membership Director at BMES.
     
  2. A CV, clearly noting the date of doctoral degree for eligibility.
     
  3. A one-page statement by the applicant highlighting his/her significant involvement and sustained contributions to BMES.
     
  4. Two confidential letters of support for the applicant's contributions. These letters should not be from a former mentor, from anyone at the applicant’s institution, and from someone other than the nominator. The letters should be sent directly to the attention of the Membership Director at BMES and attest to the applicant’s meritorious achievements and energetic leadership in biomedical engineering. Each letter of support should be no longer than two pages.

 
 Award Eligibility

  1. The recipient must have earned his/her doctorate no more than 20 and no less than 10 years prior to May 15 of the year of application.
     
  2. A faculty member at the associate level (or higher) or equivalent level within the industry at the time of award submission.
     
  3. The applicant must be a BMES Member in good standing with demonstrated significant involvement and sustained contributions to the society.


Award and Honorarium
The recipient receives complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, a crystal plaque, an honorarium of $5,000 and travel expenses up to $1,000. Please fill out the application form with all supporting documentation by May 15, 2019.

**The Awards Committee will screen all nominations, critically evaluate the nominee's records, and submit its recommendation to the BMES Executive Committee for approval. 

 


Award Nomination Submissions are due May 15, 2019.
 


Make sure your application meets all the requirements stated above. 


 
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 

2018 - Emily Day, PhD - University of Deleware
2017 - Craig Goergen, PhD- Purdue University

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. Two letters of support. One by the Department Chair, and the second by a recognized authority in the field (this letter should not be from a former mentor, nor from anyone at the applicant's institution). These letters should attest to the significance of the work generated by the applicant's laboratory as an independent PI. The letters of support should be no longer than two pages and be uploaded directly to this application.
     
  4. 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 in 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 Ph.D. and or post-doctoral mentors as authors, but the applicant must be clear how this work is independent of their previous mentor's research. The candidate must briefly state (in their research statement) why the manuscript(s) is significant and noteworthy 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 plaque, complimentary registration for the annual meeting, an honorarium for $5,000 and travel expenses up to $1,000.

**The Awards Committee will screen all nominations, critically evaluate the nominee's records, and submit its recommendation to the BMES Executive Committee for approval. 
 


Award Submissions are due May 15, 2019.
 

Make sure your application meets all the requirements stated above. 

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 (individual or representative of the project or organization/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 Award Recipients

2019 - Steven D. Abramowitch, PhD
2018 - Anjelica Gonzalez, PhD
2017 - Manu Platt, PhD
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. Nominee's CV, provide individual's CV for individual nomination type or representative's CV for project or organization/institution nomination type.
     
  2. Nomination Summary, on letterhead and not to exceed 3 pages. The nomination summary should address:

    a. A detailed description of the nominee’s work. 

    b. What are the objectives of the nominee’s work?

    c. How does the work conform to and support the goal of increasing diversity in biomedical engineering (provide examples)?

    d. How is the work innovative and different from existing programs?

    e. What community is being served? Describe the community served by the work including background/history and evolution if appropriate. Identify specifically what diverse groups participated, if the educational level or age of the groups is known and if the work crossed cultural, departmental, or institutional boundaries. 

    f. What has been the impact of the work?

    g. What are the nominee's plans to continue the work?

 
 Award Eligibility

  1. The nominee must be an individual, project, or organization/institution demonstrating outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.
     
  2. The nominee is not required to be a BMES member.
     
  3. The award recipient (individual or representative of the project or organization/institution) is expected to accept the award in person and deliver a 20-minute lecture at the 2020 BMES Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
     
  4. The recipient is expected to publish an article regarding aspects of the works recognized by the award in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

The application, including CV and Nomination Summary on letterhead (not to exceed 3 pages), must be submitted by May 15, 2019.

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

**The Awards Committee will screen all nominations, critically evaluate the nominee's records, and submit its recommendation to the BMES Executive Committee for approval.

Award Nomination Submissions are due May 15, 2019. 

Make sure your application meets all the requirements stated above. 


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 award category to support travel to the BMES Annual Meeting for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Early Career Professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering and/or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health
 
Application Requirements
1. Statement of Career Goals (500 word limit): The statement could address:

• 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?
• How do you promote the field and provide stewardship for the discipline? 
 
2. CV or Resume: CV or resume should clearly note status as a current Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, or must include the date of degree for Early Career Professional eligibility. 
 
3. Letter of Support (1 page limit): 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. Letters submitted via email will not be accepted.

Award Eligibility
The 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. The applicant must be:
 
  • A Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, or Early Career Professional at a critical transition or reentry point in their career from an underrepresented population that includes racial and ethnic minorities and/or involved in research or training focused on health disparities or minority health.
     
    • Early Career Professional is defined as junior professional, junior faculty, and young investigators who received a degree in biomedical engineering or a related science within three (3) years of the date of application.
       
    • Groups identified as underrepresented in science and engineering include: Women, African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, American Indians/Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders (Guam, Hawaii and American Samoa).
       
  • A BMES Member in good standing who has not receive BMES funding to attend the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting through any other BMES source.

Award and Stipend
The award recipients will receive a complimentary registration to attend the meeting and a stpiend in the amount of $599 to assist with travel expenses to and from the meeting.
 


Award Submissions are due by May 15, 2019.

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.

BMES-NSBE Travel Awards

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)-National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Travel Awards support NSBE student and NSBE professional members pursuing an educational or career pathway in biomedical engineering. 
 
Application Requirements

  1. An essay, detailing how the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting will impact your career path. The essay must be no more than one page, minimum 10 point font, with 1 inch margins. The essay should address:

    a. How your educational or career pathway is relevant to biomedical engineering.

    b. The importance of attending the meeting at this stage in your education or career.

    c. How attending the meeting will impact your professional development. 

Award Eligibility
  1. Applicants must be a NSBE student member or NSBE professional member in good standing.
     
  2. Applicants must indicate an educational or career pathway that is relevant to biomedical engineering.

Award and Stipend
Award recipients will receive:

Students
•             a complimentary registration to attend the BMES Annual Meeting
•             a travel expense stipend in the amount of $599 to attend the Annual Meeting
•             a one-year complimentary BMES student membership
 
Early Career and Professionals
•             a complimentary registration to attend the BMES Annual Meeting
•             a travel expense stipend in the amount of $425 to attend the Annual Meeting
•             a one-year complimentary BMES professional membership

Award Submissions are due by May 15, 2019.

Make sure your Application meets all the requirements above. 

Learn more about Student Chapter Awards