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 - This award is BMES's premier recognition. Each year, the Society bestows this prestigious award to individuals who have demonstrated impactful leadership and accomplishments in biomedical engineering science and practice.

BMES Grade of Fellow - The BMES Grade of Fellow is a professional distinction granted by the Board of Directors upon a BMES member. This individual has demonstrated impactful achievements and has made significant contributions within the biomedical engineering community. They also have considerable leadership within their field of interest and served within the Society.

Diversity Lecture Award - The BMES Diversity Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for impactful contributions toward improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering. The award seeks to recognize lifetime achievements and high-impact activities (i.e., research, academia, and service) that are innovative and improve equity among biomedical engineering academia and industry.

Mid-Career Award - The BMES Mid-Career Award recognizes a member in good standing who has demonstrated significant leadership and achievements in biomedical engineering. These achievements may be in scholarship, education, mentorship, leadership, or the practice of biomedical engineering.

Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award - Each year, BMES offers the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.

Christopher Jacobs Award for Excellence in Leadership - honors leadership excellence in the field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and is named in memory and honor of Christopher R. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Shu Chien Achievement Award - is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of cellular and molecular bioengineering.

CMBE Momentum Award - recognizes a CMBE-SIG member who is at the mid-career stage and has made a substantial impact on their field that is related to cellular and molecular bioengineering.  This award is sponsored by APL Bioengineering

Athanasiou Student and Post-Doc Awards - recognizes the authors of the top graduate and post-doctoral papers published in ABME as the future leaders in biomedical engineering and honors the contributions of Dr. Kyriacos Athanasiou to the field.

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