Awards & Scholarships



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 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.

Complete nominations here

Deadline:
October 7.

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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, 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.

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.

Complete nominations here

Deadline:
October 7.

Previous Winners

  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, a complimentary meeting registration 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.

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.

Complete nominations here

Deadline:
October 7.

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  Donald Oken Fellow

This Award was created to recognize the achievements of one Consultation-Liaison psychiatrist or internist by naming a Donald Oken Fellow and inviting that person to participate in the Annual Meeting. The Oken Fellow typically is someone who has never attended an APS Annual Meeting - a goal of this award is to introduce the Society to someone unfamiliar with APS and our community, and to nurture a relationship that benefits both the Fellow and the Society's membership through the sharing of experiences and involvement with research - both clinical and basic.

The award brings with it complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting, travel expenses, a $1,000 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the life of the meeting, and by extension, the Society.

Criteria:

  • Senior leadership position in his or her field and able to influence other APS prospective members.
  • Preferably, not previously attended an APS meeting.
  • Involvement in clinical or basic research.
  • Effective teacher/leader to medical students, residents, and fellows.

Award:

  • $1,000
  • Complimentary meeting registration
  • Itemized travel expenses to the Annual Meeting

Additional Requirements:

  • The recipient will be expected to attend the entire annual meeting.
  • The recipient will be expected to stay at the conference hotel.
  • The recipient will be required to participate in the meeting by presenting a paper, poster, or attending a workshop or roundtable lunch as appropriate.

Deadline:
July 1

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  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 up to $1500 in travel expenses, complimentary meeting registration, 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. Direct brain measurements (e.g. brain imaging, single unit recordings) or manipulations (lesions, stimulation) are essential. Indirect indicators of brain function such as mood states, cognition, autonomic or endocrine functions, or indirect manipulations such as peripheral or cranial nerve stimulation, are insufficient.
  • The neuroscientific research should either be unequivocally psychosomatic or foundational to the field of psychosomatic medicine.
  • The research can be basic (i.e. pre-clinical) in nature and focus on animals or humans.
  • Innovative and integrative theoretical contributions are welcome but must be supported by empirical evidence.

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

Complete nominations here

Deadline:
October 7

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  Historical Awards

Alvin P. Shapiro Award
Please note that 2011 was the last year that the Alvin P. Shapiro Award Lecture was offered.

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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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International Lab to Lab Award

The Health and Behavior International Collaborative (HBIC) Award committee, of which APS is a sponsor, is  pleased to announce the 2019 Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award winners.

The winners and their sponsoring organizations are:

  • Thomas Kraynak (American Psychosomatic Society)
  • Suzanne Tanya Nethan (International Society of Behavioral Medicine)
  • Tess Langfield (International Behavioural Trials Network)
  • Leslie Johnson (Society for Behavioral Medicine (USA))
  • Chloe Huelsnitz (Society for Health Psychology)

Winners are each awarded USD$3000 to facilitate a minimum of a one-week visit to an international laboratory or research group under the guidance of an identified international mentor.

Following are details on the APS recipient, Thomas Kraynak and his project:

Home institution: University of Pittsburgh, USA

Host/mentor institution: Professor Hugo Critchley, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK Position: Graduate Student

Project: To adapt a standard psychological stress paradigm to experimentally manipulate cardiac viscerosensory signaling.

Biographical and project sketch: Thomas Kraynak is a graduate student in the Biological and Health Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is co-mentored by Pete Gianaros and Anna Marsland. Thomas has deep interests in brain-body interactions in the context of emotion, stress, and physical health. As part of this award, Thomas will travel to the laboratories of Professors Sarah Garfinkel and Hugo Critchley at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the United Kingdom. His proposed project will adapt a standard psychological stress paradigm to experimentally manipulate cardiac afferent signaling. The proposed project will explore the impact of this manipulation on subjective and cardiovascular responses to psychological stress.


APS Young Investigator Colloquium

This selective program is open to young investigators who desire a research-focused experience, and will take place in Long Beach, CA, in conjunction with the 2020 APS Annual Meeting. Colloquium scholars will receive complimentary meeting registration for two consecutive years and a travel stipend. Application deadline October 15, 2019.

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APS Diversity Initiative Travel Award

Applicant must be an underrepresented minority as defined by the NIH to be African-Americans, Hispanics, Native-Americans and Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders, and the program will take place in Long Beach, CA in conjunction with the 2020 APS Annual Meeting. Recipients will receive mentoring and advice on their current or planned research and will receive complimentary meeting registration and a travel stipend. Application Deadline October 15, 2019.

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APS MD Travel Award

Applicants must be medical students through junior faculty, and the program will take place in Long Beach, CA, in conjunction with the 2020 APS Annual Meeting. Recipients will receive career mentoring and advice and will receive complimentary meeting registration and a travel stipend. [Note: MD senior students through junior faculty who desire a research-focused experience should apply for the Young Investigator Colloquium. Applying to both programs is allowed.] Application Deadline October 15, 2019.

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Travel Scholarships
These scholarships are intended to help with travel costs associated with attending the APS Annual Meeting.

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APS Scholar Awards

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).

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Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is October 15, 2019.

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Cousins Center Global Outreach Awards

The American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Cousins Center Global Outreach Awards are intended to assist with travel, hotel accommodations and meeting registration fees to the APS Annual Meeting. The award will be given to one applicant 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).

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Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is October 15, 2019.

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Travel Awards for MacLean Scholars

The MacLean Scholar awards were created to enable two 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).

Click here to apply

Deadline:
The deadline for receipt of your completed application is October 15, 2019.

Previous Winners