The BDRP Student Affairs Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 Marie Taubeneck Award. This award will be announced in the Society's awards press release this Spring and as part of the virtual annual meeting being planned in place of our traditional face-to-face annual meeting. The recipient will also be recognized and celebrated, along with the 2021 recipient, at the BDRP 61st Annual Meeting next year. Mentors and committee leaders are encouraged to submit nominations, and self nominations are also welcome!
Marie W. Taubeneck Award
Description: This award is presented to a student or postdoctoral fellow in recognition of scholarship in teratology and service to the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and includes a cash prize. An important aspect of the award is recognition by fellow trainees. 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 annual meeting(s) or otherwise
- 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 May 1.
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 May 1.
Nominees and applicants considered to be eligible for the award will be notified and requested to provide a brief biographical summary, highlighting activities related to eligibility, particularly in the areas of involvement, leadership, and mentoring.