Rodier Award Deadline

Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring - Deadline February 15, 2018

Jointly sponsored by the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and the Teratology Society

Description: This award honors the legacy of Professor Patricia Rodier, a past President of the Society and a Council member of the Teratology Society. The award is presented during the annual joint-meeting of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and Teratology Society. The awardee will give a presentation related to his/her research at a jointly-sponsored session at the meeting. It is intended that the presentation will serve as a demonstration of independent mid-career research in neurobehavioral teratology, birth defects, or related field.

Eligibility requirements: Criteria for the award include evidence of a successful independent research career, as demonstrated, for example, by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals, obtaining independent funding for research endeavors, an established teaching program, mentorship of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or trainees, or being generally recognized as an expert in the field. Individuals working in academia, government, and industry will be equally eligible to compete for this award. Candidates must be at least ten years and no more than twenty years from the date of their last formal training (e.g., degree conferral, completion of a postdoctoral fellowship, residency program, or clinical fellowship, etc.) and must be nominated by a member of either the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society or the Teratology Society. Letters of nomination should be sent to the Chairs of the Awards Committees of both Societies and should include past accomplishments of the candidate, current research interests and projects, information on mentoring, and a description of how the nominator believes the candidate's career has advanced discovery in the field of birth defects or neurodevelopmental research. Given the research emphasis of Professor Rodier and her devotion to educating students and postdoctoral fellows, special consideration will be given to nominees who meet the following criteria (although these criteria are not mandatory):

  1. Conducts research involving the central nervous system, especially those who combine structure and function in their research, and
  2. Can demonstrate their commitment to mentorship of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or other trainees.

The nominee does not have to be a member of either the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society or the Teratology Society.

The proposal package should consist of the following items:

  1. A letter of nomination from a member of either the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society or the Teratology Society.
  2. A second letter of reference must be provided from another individual who is familiar with the candidate's research career.
  3. A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae in PDF format.
  4. Documents that provide evidence of a successful independent research career if not included in the curriculum vitae (see eligibility criteria above).
  5. The candidate may supply a summary of his/her research career with a description of future research directions (optional).

Judging process: The award winner will be selected by the members of the Awards Committees of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and the Teratology Society, with ratification by the respective Society Councils, using the criteria listed above under "Eligibility."  The award is made only if the Award Committees agree to do so.

Nominations may be sent to the Chair of the Teratology Society's Awards Committee, by emailing Julia Gohlke ([email protected]) or the Chair of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society Awards Committee by emailing, Michael Williams ([email protected]).  The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2018.

Awardee Benefits:

  1. A plaque that includes the names of both Societies, the name of the award, a brief statement of the purpose of the award, and the name of the recipient
  2. A $500 honorarium, airfare, 2 nights’ lodging, joint registration to both Societies’ Annual Meeting (each Society covers 50% of the awardees expenses)
  3. Platform presentation at the Annual meeting