Recognizing Excellence in Research, Clinical Practice, Leadership, and Service

Dear Colleagues:

The Endocrine Society’s Awards Program is really quite remarkable. Each year at ENDO, the Society presents awards totaling nearly $600,000. These awards recognize U.S. and internationally based clinical researchers, clinical practitioners, and basic scientists. The “Awards Call for Nominations” will launch in early January 2013, and I encourage you to nominate your peers, mentors, trainees, and mentees. In this letter, I highlight some of the unique aspects of the Society’s Awards Program.

Laureate Awards

Representing the highest achievement in the field of endocrinology, the Laureate Awards honor endocrinologists whose accomplishments are unmatched in science, leadership, education, clinical practice, and service. In addition to the established 11 Laureate Awards, two new awards will debut in 2013: the International Excellence in Endocrinology Award and the Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award. Like their predecessors, this year’s Laureate Award recipients will be added to the growing list of distinguished endocrinologists who have made significant contributions to improve human health globally. The Laureate Awards Committee encourages all voting members to contribute to the nomination process beginning in January.

Trainee and Early-Career Awards

For trainees and early-career professionals, the Society has invested heavily in awards and grants to recognize their outstanding achievements. In 2012, the Society presented awards to more than 400 trainees. In 2013, the Society will continue to offer a robust portfolio of traineeand early-career investigator awards aimed at encouraging trainees’ continued growth and contributions to the Society and the field. Trainees who are both first and presenting authors of an ENDO 2013 abstract are eligible for the numerous abstract and travel awards. In addition, trainee authors of the highest-scoring abstracts selected for poster presentation will be invited to participate in the Presidential Poster Competition.

The Society is pleased to offer continued travel grant support to trainees who wish to attend the ENDO 2013 Early Career Forum (formerly Endocrine Trainee Day). Those who receive the Early Career Forum Travel Award are also provided with complimentary registration to attend ENDO 2013. The Promotion and Tenure Workshop Travel Awards for junior faculty and mid-career professionals will also be offered in 2013. These awards provide travel support for members early in their careers to attend a workshop that focuses on the skills needed to secure promotion and/or tenure. Other awards offered include the Early Investigators Awards for early career investigators, the Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology Program Awards for leadership development training, the International Endocrine Scholars Awards for international trainees, the Minority Access Program Summer Research Awards for undergraduate students from underrepresented communities, the Medical Student Achievement Awards, the Summer Research Fellowship Awards, the Clinical Research Fellowship Award in Acromegaly, the Endocrine Clinical Research Fellowship Awards, and the Endocrinology and Molecular Endocrinology Student Author Awards.

Other Awards

The Delbert A. Fisher Research Scholar Award recipient is recognized for scholarly work on the history of endocrinology. The awardee will deliver the Clark T. Sawin Memorial History of Endocrinology Lecture at ENDO 2013 and submit an article highlighting the presentation for publication in Endocrine News. Finally, practicing physicians have the opportunity to compete for travel support to ENDO through the Harold Vigersky Practicing Physician Travel Award.

The details and application information for these awards are presented on the Society’s Web site and elsewhere in this and other issues of Endocrine News.

2013 Election: Reminder, don’t forget to vote!

This is your opportunity to participate in selecting the Society’s future leadership.

The ballot for the Society’s 2013 election of officers and Council will launch in early January 2013. I encourage you to vote and to remind your colleagues to do the same. This is your Society, and your participation is vital.

The positions on the 2013 ballot are: President-Elect (Clinical Scientist), Vice President (Physician-in-Practice), and Council (one Basic Scientist designated seat and two At-Large seats.)

I would like to thank the Nominating Committee members for their thoughtful deliberations in selecting an excellent slate of candidates.

My best wishes for wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year! If you have any comments or questions, please contact me at president@endo-society.org.

Sincerely,
William F. Young, Jr., M.D.
President, The Endocrine Society

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