About:
In honor of former BMES Executive Director, Rita Schaffer, the Society established the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award in 2000. Rita Schaffer's estate gift — along with contributions from her family, friends, and associates — enabled BMES to create this award. Each year, BMES offers the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering. The award recipient will deliver a 20-minute lecture at the BMES Annual Meeting in the fall and publish an article in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

Application Requirements:
1.  NIH-formatted bio-sketch (not to exceed five pages) highlighting clear examples of research independence.
2.  A one-page research statement (not to exceed 500 words) highlighting examples of the nominee's ability to become a successful, independent PI and why the significance of their manuscript(s) are noteworthy in their respective field.
      a.  We recommend that the nominee provide up to three research manuscripts that the applicant has published (or is in press). However, nominees with less than three publications can also apply if their manuscript(s) had a high impact.
      b.  The research statement should include a publicly available link to these published manuscripts selected by the nominee. If the manuscript is not publicly available, it should be attached to the application.
3.  Two letters of support — one letter should be by the Department Chair, and the second by a recognized authority in the field. These letters should attest to the significance of the nominee's laboratory work as an independent PI.
     a.   These letters should be no longer than two pages each. The second letter should not be from a former mentor or anyone at the applicant's institution.
5.  The nominee should include a strong service statement highlighting their participation with BMES by providing two instances where they actively participated (i.e., serving on a committee, abstract reviewer, session chair, etc.).

Award Eligibility:
The award recognizes 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 their highest degree at the time
    of award nomination submission. 
    Approved leave (e.g., maternity, paternity, or elder care) does
    not 
count towards the seven-year limit.
  • A tenure track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level at
     the time of award submission.
  • A BMES member in good standing with demonstrated
     participation in the Society.

Selection Criteria:
The award committee selects the award recipient primarily on the review of up to three published manuscripts describing original, independent work. The nominee must be the corresponding/senior author or co-corresponding/co-senior author on all submitted work. The manuscript(s) may include Ph.D. or post-doctoral mentors as authors, but the nominee must be clear about how this work is independent of their previous mentor's research.

ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JUNE 30, 2021. 

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* 1. Name of the nominee

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* 2. Nominee's degrees

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* 3. Nominee's email address

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* 4. Nominee's phone number

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* 5. Nominee's BMES membership number

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* 6. What is the nominee's gender?

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* 7. What is the nominee's race?

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* 8. NIH formatted bio sketch

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* 9. Research statement

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* 10. BMES service summary

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* 11. Department chair's letter of support

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* 12. Second letter of support

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