Diversity Lecture 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 individuals 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.