Awards & Scholarships

APS Awards



APS Award Nomination

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  Herbert Weiner Early Career Award

The Herbert Weiner Early Career Award is intended to identify individuals who, early in their career, have contributed significantly to the field of psychosomatic medicine and show substantial promise of continued meritorious academic accomplishments in the field. The first "Early Career Award" was awarded in 1991, and in 2002, the name of the award was expanded to the "Herbert Weiner Early Career Award." The award consists of $1,000, a plaque signifying the award, complimentary meeting registration, and the opportunity to briefly present the research, for which the award was given, during the annual meeting of the Society. It is expected that the award recipient will be willing to contribute to the Society's Newsletter upon request from the Newsletter Editor.

Criteria:
The nominees must be members of the American Psychosomatic Society and be fewer than ten years past receipt of their highest academic degree.

Those with post-degree clinical training (e.g., internship or residency), must be fewer than ten years past completion of their clinical training.

Procedures:
Nominations must include a 500-1000 word justification for the nomination, an updated curriculum vitae, and reprints of 2-6 publications of the work for which the nomination is being made. Any person may self-nominate or nominate another individual.

Deadline:
The application deadline is August 31. Send application letters to info@psychosomatic.org or address them to:
Award Committee
American Psychosomatic Society
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

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  Patricia R. Barchas Award in Sociophysiology

The Patricia R. Barchas Award in Sociophysiology was established in 1999. The purpose is to memorialize Patricia Barchas by furthering the field of sociophysiology, the study of the reciprocal relationships that could lead to long-term change both in social behavior and in physiology. The award consists of $1,500, complimentary meeting registration, and a plaque, which is presented at the Annual Meeting. It is expected that the award recipient will be willing to contribute to the Society's Newsletter upon request from the Newsletter Editor.

Criteria:
The only requirement is that the recipient has done interesting and exciting work that helps to expand our knowledge of the interface of the social and physiological worlds.

Procedures:
Nominations should include a 500-1000 word justification for the nomination and updated curriculum vitae.

Deadline:
The application deadline is August 31. Send application letters to info@psychosomatic.org or address them to:
Award Committee
American Psychosomatic Society
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

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  Distinguished Scientist Award

The Society has created a Distinguished Scientist Award, eligibility for which extends to senior scientists and physicians who have made an important and protracted contribution in any research field within the Society's bailiwick. In addition, nominees should be members of the Society and would be expected to have contributed substantially over the years to its aims and goals. The recipient must attend the Annual Meeting. The award consists of a commemorative plaque, a check for $1,500 and a complimentary meeting registration. It is expected that the award recipient will be willing to contribute to the Society's Newsletter upon request from the Newsletter Editor.

Criteria:
Recipients must be senior scientists and physicians who have made an important and protracted contribution in any research field within the Society's bailiwick. In addition, nominees should be members of the Society and would be expected to have contributed substantially over the years to its aims and goals.

Procedures:
Nominations should include a 500 - 1000 word justification for the nomination and an up-to-date curriculum vitae of the nominee.

Deadline:
The application deadline is August 31. Send application letters to info@psychosomatic.org or address them to:
Award Committee
American Psychosomatic Society
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

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  Donald Oken Fellowship

This new fellowship, first awarded in 2006, was created for the purpose of bringing a C-L psychiatrist or internist to the APS annual meeting each year. The award consists of $1000. complimentary meeting registration, and itemized travel expenses to the Annual Meeting. It is expected that the award recipient will be willing to contribute to the Society's Newsletter upon request from the Newsletter Editor.

Criteria:

  • The person chosen should be someone who is in a senior leadership position in his or her field and able to influence others to become interested in APS by virtue of the stature and prestige of that person.
  • The ideal candidate will be someone who has not previously attended an APS meeting.
  • It should be someone who has had some involvement in research, which could be clinical or basic research.
  • The person should be an effective teacher and should be in a position to influence others, especially medical students, residents, and fellows. The key idea is for the person to immerse him or herself in the meeting and to get to know the Society.
  • Self-nominations will not be permitted for this award.

 Procedures:

  1. The recipient will be required to attend the entire annual meeting.
  2. The recipient will be required to stay at the conference hotel.
  3. The recipient will be required to participate in the meeting in some useful way. For example, that person might present a paper, poster, workshop or roundtable lunch.

Deadline:
The application deadline is August 31. Send application letters to info@psychosomatic.org or address them to:
Award Committee
American Psychosomatic Society
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

Previous Winners

   Paul D. MacLean Award

The Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine

Paul MacLean was a physician whose visionary neuroscientific research career at Yale Medical School and NIMH was inspired by his recognition of the importance of emotion in clinical medicine and everyday life. In 1949 he hypothesized that psychosomatic disorders arose from impairment in communication between the limbic system and neocortex. This award is intended to honor Dr. MacLean and promote the line of research that he created on emotion, the brain and physical disease. The award consists of a $1500 honorarium, complimentary meeting registration, up to $1000 in travel expenses, a plaque, and the opportunity to give a talk at the American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Annual Meeting. It is expected that the award recipient will be willing to contribute to the Society's Newsletter upon request from the Newsletter Editor.

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Criteria:

  • Outstanding neuroscientific research (human or animal)
  • Advances knowledge directly related to Dr. MacLean's hypothesis regarding altered cortical-subcortical interactions affecting physical disease outcomes or mediating processes (e.g. autonomic, neuroendocrine, immune) that can be directly linked to disease outcomes.
  • Individuals may self-nominate.

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Procedures:
Nominations should include a 500-1000 word supporting statement, the nominee's C.V. and three representative reprints.

Deadline:
The application deadline is August 31. Send application letters to info@psychosomatic.org or address them to:
Award Committee
American Psychosomatic Society
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

Previous Winners

  Historical Awards

Alvin P. Shapiro Award
Please note that 2011 was the last year that the Alvin P. Shapiro Award Lecture was offered. It is expected that the award recipient will be willing to contribute to the Society's Newsletter upon request from the Newsletter Editor.

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President's Award
Please note that 2010 was the last year that the President's Award was offered.

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APS Young Investigator Colloquium

This selective program is open to 25 young investigators, and will take place in Savannah, Georgia, in conjunction with the 2015 APS Annual Meeting. Applications for the 2015 YIC are now being accepted here.



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APS Scholar Awards

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Between ten and 24 APS Scholar Awards are presented to outstanding abstract submissions where the first author of an accepted abstract is either a student, resident, or fellow. Each award provides monetary assistance for the APS conference fees, travel, and hotel accommodations.

Criteria:

  • If you have won this award in the past, you are not eligible to win again, so please do not submit an application.
  • You must submit an abstract to be considered for this award.
  • Applicant must be first author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the APS Annual Meeting.
  • Applicant must be a student or trainee enrolled in medical, graduate or undergraduate school, or in a residency, internship, or post-doctoral fellowship program.
  • Applicants must be a member of APS, or in the process of applying for membership (for a membership application, please visit the membership section on the APS website).

Procedure:
To be considered for this award, please complete the application and include the number(s) of your submitted abstract(s).

Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is November 1.

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Medical Student/Resident/Fellow Travel Scholarships

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The American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Medical Student/ Medical Resident/ Medical Fellow Travel Scholarships are intended to assist with travel, hotel accommodations and meeting registration fees to the APS Annual Meeting. Each scholarship will include $500 travel funds, a complimentary registration to the 3-day meeting, and a complimentary one year membership.

Criteria:

  • If you have won this award in the past, you are not eligible to win again, so please do not submit an application.
  • Applicant must be a Medical Student, Medical Resident, or Medical Fellow.
  • Applicant must participate in the Mentor/Mentee Program at the APS Annual Meeting offered for meeting attendees.
  • Applicant must agree to submit a summary of the experience, after attending the meeting.

Procedure:
In order to be considered for this award, please complete the application and submit your curriculum vitae/biographical sketch.

Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is November 1.

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Minority Initiative Award

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The American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Minority Initiative Awards are intended to assist with travel, hotel accommodations, and other fees associated with attending the APS Annual Meeting. Each scholarship will include travel funds, and a complimentary registration.

Criteria:

  • If you have won this award in the past, you are not eligible to win again, so please do not submit an application.
  • Applicant must be an underrepresented minority as defined by the NIH to be African-Americans, Hispanics, Native-Americans and Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders
  • Applicant must participate in the Mentor/Mentee Program at the APS Annual Meeting offered for meeting attendees.
  • Applicant must agree to submit a summary of the experience, after attending the meeting.

Procedure:
In order to be considered for this award, please complete the application form, and submit your curriculum vitae/biographical sketch.

Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is November 1.

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Cousin's Center Global Outreach Awards

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The American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Cousin's Center Global Outreach Awards are intended to assist with travel, hotel accommodations and meeting registration fees to the APS Annual Meeting. The awards will be given to two applicants residing in developing nations with the highest abstract scores.

Criteria:

  • If you have won this award in the past, you are not eligible to win again, so please do not submit an application.
  • Applicant must reside in a developing nation (defined as low or lower-middle income by the World Bank).
  • You must submit an abstract to be considered for this award.

Procedure:
In order to be considered for this award, please complete the application form, submit your curriculum vitae/biographical sketch, and include the number(s) of your submitted abstract(s).

Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is November 1.

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Travel Awards for MacLean Scholars

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The MacLean Scholar awards were created to enable at least five neuroscience trainees to attend the APS Annual Meeting and interact with the recipient of the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine. MacLean Scholar winners will receive travel reimbursement in the amount of $500 to attend the meeting.

Criteria:

  • You must submit an abstract to be considered for this award.
  • Applicant must be first author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the APS Annual Meeting.
  • Applicants must be a member of APS, or in the process of applying for membership (for a membership application, please visit the membership section on the APS website).
  • Applicant must be undergraduate or graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, medical students or resident physicians.
  • Selection will be based primarily on outstanding research or research potential and research that address questions that will advance the legacy of Paul MacLean and should link direct measures of brain function either to medical outcomes or mediating variables that can be directly linked to such outcomes.

Procedure:
In order to be considered for this award, please complete the application form, submit your curriculum vitae/biographical sketch, and include the number(s) of your submitted abstract(s).

Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is November 1 .

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