2017 DNTS MEETING AWARD INFORMATION
Our society offers two types of awards for attendees at the annual meeting: Conference Travel Awards for students, post-docs and lab assistants; and the DNTS Richard Butcher New Investigator Award. Awardees present their research at the meeting, receive recognition on the program and at the business meeting, and receive a monetary prize to help cover travel expenses. Application for these awards can be made by the individual seeking the award at the time of abstract submission, or an individual can be nominated by another person. There is no requirement that applicants or nominators be members of the Society.
Also, two Best Presentation Awards, one for graduate students and one for postdoctoral students, are awarded at the annual meeting. The awards do not include a monetary component but recognize excellence in scholarship, research and communication in either a poster or a platform presentation that is given at the annual meeting. These awardees are selected at the meeting and there is no nomination/application process.
- The Richard Butcher New Investigator Award,
- DNTS Conference Travel Awards,
- The James C. Bradford Memorial Student Poster Award (sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association, MARTA), and
- Best Presentation Awards,
- Patricia Rodier Mid-Career Award in Research and Mentoring.
DNTS RICHARD BUTCHER NEW INVESTIGATOR AWARD
All DNTS members are encouraged to solicit applicants for the Richard Butcher New Investigator Research Award. The New Investigator Research Award is presented for the best paper by a new investigator in the field. The paper must be published or in-press in a peer reviewed journal during the previous two calendar years (2015 or 2016). The applicant must be first author on the paper. The remaining criteria are determined by the Awards Committee. The winner will present the paper at the annual meeting in a platform session and be awarded a plaque honoring their achievement. The winner will receive support to offset the costs of attending the meeting, including airfare and lodging.
- Indicate on electronic abstract submission form your intention to apply for the New Investigator Award.
- Send the following to Patricia Janulewicz, email@example.com by March 8th:
- PDF of paper to be considered for New Investigator Award
- Copy of your CV
- Name of your research advisor
- Have research advisor submit a letter of recommendation to Patricia Janulewicz, firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8th.
CONFERENCE TRAVEL AWARDS
All DNTS members are eligible to submit applications for Conference Travel awards. The travel awards provide financial assistance to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and laboratory assistants. These awards, designed to defray a portion of the costs of travel to the meeting, are in the amount of $700 and will be presented at the annual business meeting of the Society. The registration fee for the meeting will be waived for recipients of Conference Travel Awards.
- Send the following to Patricia Janulewicz, email@example.com by March 8th:
- Abstract to be submitted
- Copy of your CV
- Letter from advisor/supervisor verifying your status
- If you are awarded a Conference award and have not yet submitted an abstract, you must then submit your abstract to the DNTS meeting from the DNTS website.
TERATOLOGY SOCIETY JAMES C. BRADFORD MEMORIAL STUDENT POSTER AWARD
This is an award for the best poster presentation by a student at the annual meetings of the Teratology Society (TS) and Developmental Neurotoxicology Society (DNTS). It is jointly sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Reproduction and Teratology Association (MARTA) and Sanofi-Aventis in honor of Dr. Jim Bradford. Dr. Bradford was a past-President of MARTA and Sigma Xi, and he served on Committees of the TS. He was Director of Research and Development Operations at Sanofi-Aventis at the time of his death. He mentored several current members of the Teratology Society and was a pioneer in Industrial Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (DART) Testing. Currently, the award consists of a plaque and $250, although the monetary award is subject to change. This award is judged at the meeting.
- Nominees or nominators need not be DNTS members.
- Nominees must be students, post-doctoral fellows, laboratory assistants, or new investigators, as indicated in specific award categories.
- Nominations of minority candidates - African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, and Native Alaskan – are especially encouraged.
Selection of the award recipients will be made by members of the Awards Committee of DNTS. The TS Judging Committee will award the James C. Bradford Poster Award. The following criteria will be used:
- Relevance of the research topic to the DNTS membership
- Soundness of the scientific methodology
- Quality of research in terms of novelty, scope and likely impact
- Strength of recommendation letter and the applicant’s CV
- For Bradford Poster Awards, clarity/appearance of poster, oral presentation of poster
- Best Presentation awards will be judged on scholarship, study design, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of results and their impact
BEST PRESENTATION AWARDS
The Committee awards two “Best Presentation” awards at the meeting – one to a pre-doctoral student and one to a post-doctoral fellow. The awards do not include a monetary component but recognize excellence in scholarship, research and communication in either a poster or a platform presentation that is given at the annual meeting. These awardees are selected at the meeting and there is no nomination/application process.
PATRICIA RODIER MID-CAREER AWARD IN RESEARCH AND MENTORING
Jointly Sponsored by the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and the Teratology Society
Description: This award honors the legacy of Dr. Patricia Rodier, a past President of the Developmental Neurotoxicology 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 annual meetings. It is intended that the presentation will serve as a demonstration of independent mid-career research in neurobehavioral teratology, birth defects, or other related fields.
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, an active 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 between at least ten years and no more than twenty years from the date of their last formal training (e.g., degree conferral, completion of their postdoctoral fellowship, residency program, 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 information on 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 Dr. 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):
- Conducts research involving the central nervous system, especially those who combine structure and function in their research, and
- Can demonstrate their commitment to mentorship of students, postdoctoral fellows, young investigators, and/or 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:
- A letter of nomination from a member of either the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society or the Teratology Society.
- A second letter of reference must be provided from another individual who is familiar with the candidate's research career.
- A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae in PDF format.
- Documents that provide evidence of a successful independent research career if not included in the curriculum vitae (see eligibility criteria above).
- The candidate may supply a summary of his/her research career with a description of future research directions (optional).
Judging process: The award winner, if any, will be selected each year by the members of the Awards Committees of the Developmental Neurotoxicology Society and the Teratology Society, with adoption by the respective Councils, using the criteria listed above under "Eligibility."
Nominations are due February 15.
Nominations should be sent to Janee Gelineau-van Waes, Teratology Society Awards Committee Chair
- 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
- A $500 honorarium, airfare, 2 nights’ lodging, joint registration to attend both Societies’ Annual Meetings (each Society covers 50% of the expenses associated with the plaque and other benefits)
- Platform presentation at the Annual meeting
Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.