Description: This award honors F. Clarke Fraser, one of the founding members of the Teratology Society, for his many contributions to the field of developmental toxicology. The award is presented during the annual meeting of the Teratology Society. The awardee will give a presentation related to his/her research. It is intended that the presentation will serve as a demonstration to pre- and postdoctoral students of the development of an independent career in birth defects research.
Eligibility requirements: Criteria for the award include being active in the Teratology Society and evidence of a successful independent research career, as demonstrated, for example, by high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals, obtaining funding for research endeavors, an established teaching program, an active graduate student program, 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 within ten years of the date their last formal training in a field directly related to the disciplines of Birth Defects, Developmental Biology, Epidemiology or Teratology (e.g., degree conferral, postdoctoral fellowship, residency program, etc.) and must be nominated by a member of the Teratology Society. Letters of nomination should be sent to the chair of the Awards Committee and should include past accomplishments of the candidate, current research interests and projects, and information on how the nominator believes the candidate's career will advance discovery in birth defects research.
The proposal package should consist of the following items:
- A letter of nomination from a member of 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.
- Three representative publications of the candidate as PDF documents. The candidate need not be the first author on all publications, but it should be clear that the candidate has played a major role in the design and implementation of a research idea that has led or is likely to lead to an advance in birth defects research.
- 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 chosen by the Awards Committee, using the criteria listed above under "Eligibility."
Nominations are due Friday, November 7, 2014. Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Robert Ellis-Hutchings, REllisfirstname.lastname@example.org .
Julia M. Gohlke, PhD
Peixin Yang, PhD
Robert G. Ellis-Hutchings, PhD
Ludmila Bakhireva, MD, PhD, MPH
Marcia L. Feldkamp, PhD, MSPH, University of Utah
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