Awards

Awards 2019-06-20T15:55:10+00:00

The Obesity Society (TOS) offers awards to promote, reward and encourage the kinds of research and service you and your peers are doing in the field of obesity.

Obesity Society Awards

Awards from The Obesity Society recognize specific research achievements as well as other major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. The Society’s prestigious awards also highlight the careers of obesity researchers.

TOS offers two categories of awards: named awards and abstract-based awards.

Named Award Descriptions

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 donation from Thomas A. Wadden, PhD. The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 award. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

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. The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 award. The award is presented during a plenary session at ObesityWeekSM where the recipient is invited to present the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis Award recognizes one student for their master’s thesis that was successfully defended by the date of application submission. Applications will be judged on significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation. The recipient will be reimbursed up to $1,500 to cover travel and registration for the current ObesityWeek plus a $500 award. The awardee will be acknowledged at ObesityWeek during the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

The George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes one student for their doctoral dissertation that was successfully defended by the date of application submission. Applications will be judged on significance, relevance/potential impact in the field of obesity, scientific methodology, writing quality, overall approach and scope and innovation. The recipient will be reimbursed up to $1,500 to cover travel and registration for the current ObesityWeek plus a $500 award. The awardee will be acknowledged at ObesityWeek during the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

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 donation from the Take Off Pounds Sensibly Club, Inc. (TOPS). The recipient receives a $5,000 award along with a plaque and will be reimbursed up to $1,000 to cover travel for the current ObesityWeek. The award is presented during a concurrent session at which time the recipient will present the TOPS Research Achievement Award Lecture.

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. The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 award. The award is presented during a concurrent session and the recipient will present the Friends of Albert Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship honors a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of the Society’s early career investigators. The award is named for Professor Thomas Wadden, PhD. For more than 30 years, Wadden has mentored many individuals who pursued successful careers in obesity research and clinical care. The recipient receives a plaque along with a $1,000 award. To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be a TOS member in good standing.

Abstract-Based Award Descriptions

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 who are TOS members are selected during the Call for Abstracts. Each finalist will be reimbursed up to $1,000 to cover travel expenses for the current ObesityWeek. The finalists are invited to present their oral abstracts during a concurrent session where the award is presented. The recipient will be chosen at the conclusion of the session and awarded an additional $1,000.

The Rolls-Simons Travel Award 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 recipients who are students or post-doctoral TOS members will be reimbursed up to $1,000 in travel costs to attend the current ObesityWeek.

Early Career Travel Award supports early career investigators in their efforts to contribute to the field of obesity. Two winners who are TOS members will be reimbursed up to $1,000 to assist with ObesityWeek travel-related expenses.

The Foster-Schauer International Travel Award is provided to non-US, early career investigators or students who present at ObesityWeek. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society select one recipient each, respectively, at their annual meeting. To qualify, you must be a TOS early career or student member, reside outside of the United States, and travel to ObesityWeek to present your oral or poster abstract. The recipient selected by TOS will be reimbursed up to $2,500 to cover travel expenses.