Teaching Section Awards
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The 2019 Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship Award is presented to an established investigator with a history of excellence in education who is making outstanding contributions to teaching and learning.  This award is made possible by APS Strategic Partner, ADInstruments.  Educators from all fields are eligible but must be nominated by an APS member other than the nominee.  The awardee’s talk is expected to further interest in and enhancement of educational practices that are relevant to teachers of physiology.  The award consists of a $1,000 honorarium, up to $2,000 travel reimbursement to Experimental Biology, complimentary registration to the meeting, and two complimentary tickets to the Section dinner.

Nominators must upload a nomination letter and nominee's curriculum vitae by May 15, 2019.  The selection for this 2020 award will be made at the EB 2019 meeting.


 The 2019 Arthur C. Guyton Educator of the Year Award supported by Elsevier ($1,000 cash prize plus reimbursement of the advanced registration fee, a framed, inscribed certificate, up to $750 in travel reimbursement to the Experimental Biology meeting and a complimentary ticket to the Section Dinner) recognizes a full-time faculty member of an accredited college or university and member of the APS who has independent evidence of: (1) excellence in classroom teaching over a number of years at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels; (2) commitment to the improvement of physiology teaching within the candidate's own institution; and (3) contributions to physiology education at the local community, national or international levels. The awardee is requested to write an essay on his/her philosophy of education for publication in The Physiologist.

The typical nominee will have shown excellence in teaching and have made significant contributions in student advisement, graduate education, and/or curriculum design and reform at their institution. The activities that distinguish a candidate in the rankings include outreach activities at the state, national, or international level; contributions to education through APS activities; peer-reviewed educational journal articles; and widely disseminated publications such as commercially produced textbooks, lab manuals, or software. Unsuccessful nominees may be reconsidered for the award during the subsequent year with notification to the nominee and the nominator and receipt of updated information. The award winner is announced at the APS Business Meeting during Experimental Biology.

Nominations Process: Each nominee must be nominated by a member of APS. All candidate materials must be uploaded by December 15, 2018. Gregory L .Brower, D.V.M., Ph.D., , Ph.D., Chair, Guyton Awards Selection Committee: Greg.Brower@ttuhsc.edu

Required Materials:
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of teaching philosophy and achievements
Summary of student evaluations
Education related activities outside of classroom
Up to 5 letters of support from colleagues (1 is required)
Up to 5 letters of support from students.
Nominator 1 APS membership ID#



New Investigator Award ($1,000 plus reimbursement of the advanced registration fee and a complimentary ticket to the Section banquet) recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of his/her career. Each candidate should be an investigator who has made meritorious contributions to the area represented by the Teaching of Physiology Section. At the time of the application, he or she should not be above the rank of Assistant Professor or a comparable position in a research track at an academic institution or in industry (e.g. Scientist, Sr. Scientist, Research Investigator, etc.). 

Although this is not an abstract-based award, the awardee is required to attend EB and make an oral or poster presentation there in order to collect the cash prize. The recipient is also recognized at the Teaching of Physiology Section Business Meeting. To qualify for this award, a candidate must be an APS member in good standing with a primary affiliation in the Teaching of Physiology Section and hold an early-career appointment as described above. Each candidate is required to upload a curriculum vitae, 2 letters of support from other APS members, and 3 reprints of relevant publications. If he or she has one or more abstracts submitted to EB, the candidate is also requested to upload his or her abstract numbers, the full name of each first author, and PDFs of the abstracts to be presented at EB.  

All application materials must be completed online by November 14, 2018.   

Required Materials:
Curriculum Vitae
Nomination Letter 1
Nomination Letter 2
Publication Reprint 1
Publication Reprint 2
Publication Reprint 3

Requested (not required) Materials:
Abstract Numbers
Abstract First Author’s Full Names
pdf of Abstract Submissions



Research Recognition Awards (2) provides two awards for outstanding posters presented in the Teaching Poster Sessions at Experimental Biology ($500 plus reimbursement of the advanced registration fee, and a complimentary ticket to the Section banquet). Awardees must attend the Experimental Biology meeting in order to collect their cash prizes. The recipients are also recognized at the Teaching of Physiology Section Business Meeting. To qualify for this award, a candidate must be first author on the poster, and either age 40 or younger OR be within 10 years of receiving his or her Ph.D., M.D., or D.O. All poster abstracts must be formally submitted to EB by the November abstract deadline. Each candidate is required to upload a copy of his or her first-authored abstract for EB with the Research Recognition Award application. If the candidate is a past winner, the candidate is also required to upload a copy of the abstract from that year.
Abstracts will be reviewed and rated by the Teaching Section Steering Committee.

The committee values research work that has not been previously recognized by this award but prior winners are not automatically disqualified. Thus, a previous research recognition award recipient may apply for the current award if his or her research work is not substantially related to the research associated with a past award. To ensure this, before the current work can be considered for an award. this candidate must upload pdfs of both the new and old abstracts.

Note:  Primary affiliation with the Teaching Section is not required for this award.

Required Materials:
pdf of Abstract Submission

(Past awardees only)
pdf of prior year’s winning Abstract

All application materials must be completed online by November 14, 2018.

Further information and application instructions can be found at:  http://www.the-aps.org/mm/awards/sections/teach



William Galey Professional Skills Training Scholarship Award

Award: $800 (1 award)
Contact: Teaching Section Trainee Representative
Deadline: November 16, 2018

This award provides funds for graduate students or postdoctoral fellows to attend and participate in the 2019 APS Professional Skills Training (PST) Live Course in Orlando, Florida. This meeting will take place 10-13 January 2019. Additional information on the meeting is available at the APS website:

This award is given in memory of William Galey in honor of his commitment to the teaching and professional development of trainees in physiology.

Applicant eligibility:
• Be members in good standing of the American Physiological Society (either student or regular)
• Be graduate students enrolled full-time or a postdoctoral fellow having received their doctoral degree within the previous five years
• Each applicant MUST have an unpublished draft manuscript on which they are first author. The manuscript should include a full draft of methods and results. The manuscript should also have an outline or draft of the discussion, introduction, and abstract sections. The applicant does not have to have a fully completed draft done at the time of the PST Live Course in January 2019.

Application packet should include:

• One-page letter of intent including:
• Your career goals
• How this award will benefit your training
• Curriculum Vitae
• One letter of support from your mentor or PI. The letter writer should be familiar with your career goals and include a statement on how attending a PST will benefit your training plan. The letter should also include a statement confirming support for meeting costs beyond those covered by the scholarship.

Awardees will be notified prior to November 30, 2018. Awardees will be allowed to only receive the Galey PST Scholarship Award once as a graduate student and once as a postdoctoral fellow.

Please review the Awards site for details. Applications should be submitted through the APS online award portal.