The Obesity Society's awards program promotes, rewards, and encourages research in the field of obesity. Awards recognize specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Awards highlighting the careers of obesity researchers are presented annually at ObesityWeekSM 2017 in Washington, DC October 29 - November 2, 2017 (TOS program scheduled Nov 1-4). Find out more about the past recipients here. Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners!
Call for 2017 Awards Nominations
The Obesity Society encourages you to identify the talented and exceptional people in the field who deserve to be recognized and awarded for their work in their field. Below, you will find descriptions of each award as well as instructions on how to submit a nomination.
Nominations will be reviewed by The Obesity Society's Awards Committee and the winners will be announced by the summer.
All award nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All awards have closed.
Note: The call for the Ethan Sims Award will be made separately.
Nominations should include:
1. A letter of recommendation signed by two members of The Obesity Society stating:
• Your reasons for nominating the individual.
• The nominee's qualifications for the specified award.
• An overall summary of the nominee's contributions to the field of obesity.
2. The nominee's complete CV.
3. Other letters of support from individuals (these may come under a separate cover letter).
Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Nominations must be supported by at least two current members of The Obesity Society.
A nominator should not submit a nominee for multiple awards in a given year.
Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity, whether through research, public policy, patient care, or other means. This award was established by a gift from Thomas A. Wadden. Recipients receive a plaque and a $1,000 award.
The George A. Bray Founders Award recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. Recipients receive a plaque and $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture.
The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation Awards recognizes two students for their complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) that was successfully defended in the current year (between April 1, 2016 and March 30, 2017). Applications will be judged based on: significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation. Each recipient receives $1,500 travel and registration for ObesityWeek plus a $500 cash award. The winners will be announced at ObesityWeek during the George Bray Founders Award Lecture.
Applications should include:
- A PDF copy of the applicants complete master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (respectively) that was successfully defended during the time frame April 1, 2016 to March 30, 2017.
- A signed (by committee chair and student), 1-page TOS application form attesting to the successful defense.
Refer to criteria above for other submission details and deadlines.
The TOPS Research Achievement Award recognizes an individual for singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity. This award is made possible through an annual grant from the Take Off Pounds Sensibly Foundation (TOPS). Recipients receive a plaque and $5,000 cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the TOPS Research Achievement Award Lecture.
*The TOS Scientific Achievement Award recognizes excellence in an established research career. Recipients receive a plaque and a cash prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present TOS Scientific Achievement Award Lecture. To be eligible for this award, the recipient must be within 15 years of receiving his or her terminal degree.
The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to recognize people who, like Mickey Stunkard, have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship, and education. Recipients receive a plaque and $1,000 cash prize. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the Friends of Albert Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture.
Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship was created in 2015, this award honors a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of the Society's members who were in their early careers at the time of the mentoring relationship. The award is named for Professor Thomas Wadden, PhD, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who for more than 30 years has mentored dozens of scientist-practitioners who have pursued successful careers in obesity research and clinical care. The award was created was created with a generous endowment from multiple contributors, comprised primarily of Dr. Wadden’s prior mentees. Former mentee, Adam Gilden Tsai, MD led the effort. The endowment funds a plaque and $1,000 cash award each year. The award is presented as part of the Ethan Sims Presentations at ObesityWeek, where the nominating mentee presents their submission, followed by brief acceptance remarks by the recipient.
* This award replaces the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award.
Abstract Based Awards
These awards are administered as part of the call for abstracts for the Annual Meeting, which will close April 23, 2017. Please visit http://obesityweek.com/abstract-information/ to apply.
Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research by young investigators based on their submitted abstracts and presentation during ObesityWeek. Each year, five finalists are selected during the call for abstracts. Each finalist will receive up to $1,000 to cover ObesityWeek expenses. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the five finalists are invited to present their oral abstracts. The recipient will be announced at the conclusion of the session and will receive an additional $1,000 cash prize.
The Rolls-Simons Travel Grant is part of The Obesity Society’s commitment to young investigators in the field of obesity research. This award was established by TOS Past President, Barbara Rolls after losing her mother, Pat Simons, to obesity related disease. The endowment will provide travel grants for TOS students and post-doctoral members. Eight recipients will receive a $1,000 travel grant.
Egg Nutrition Travel Grant supports studies designed to look at the impact of macronutrient
composition on overweight and obesity related conditions (i.e., insulin resistance, dyslipidemia,
etc.). Five winners will be awarded $1,000 each.
Early Career Travel Grant supports Early Career Investigators in their efforts to contribute to the field of obesity. Two winners will receive $1,000 each to assist with expenses related to ObesityWeek.
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