Marie W. Taubeneck Award
The Student Affairs Committee is seeking nominations and applications for the 2021 Marie W. Taubeneck Award with a deadline of April 30. A list of past recipients of this award is available on the website.
Description: This award is presented to a student or postdoctoral fellow in recognition of scholarship in research on birth defects and disorders of developmental origin and service to the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and includes a cash prize. The Marie W. Taubeneck Fund established in memory of Dr. Taubeneck supports this award.
Eligibility: This award is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (hereafter “trainees”) who are members of the Society and is based on the following considerations:
- Level of involvement in the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
- Attendance at a minimum of one Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention meeting
- Leadership among and mentoring of fellow trainees
- Level of enthusiasm for developmental and reproductive sciences
- Courage to pursue new methods and areas of research
- Is a trainee at the time of nomination
*Leadership among fellow trainees may be demonstrated in any number of ways, both formally and informally. Below are a few examples of the type of leadership and mentoring that help fellow trainees feel welcome and supported in our Society.
- Actively engaged with fellow trainees at the meeting
- Facilitate interactions with other trainees
- Openly share experiences, both positive and negative, with fellow trainees to support, or even commiserate with them
- Seek out and welcome trainees attending their first meeting
- Support aspiring scientists in your lab, university or community
Nomination and Application Process
Nominations: Nominees for the award will be identified by polling Society members, mentors, committee chairs, and trainees. Nomination letters should include a brief description of the trainee’s activities with regard to the eligibility considerations. Nomination letters should be sent to Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Headquarters no later than April 30..
Applications: Trainees who wish to be considered for this award should provide a letter that includes a brief description of their activities with regard to the eligibility considerations. Application letters should be sent to Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention Headquarters no later than April 30.
Judging process: The Student Affairs Committee will review nominations/applications and will select the recipient of this award which will be announced during the Annual Awards Presentation and Business Meeting.