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
December 1, 2017.  The selection for this 2019 award will be made at the EB 2018 meeting.


 The 2018 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 1, 2017. Beth Beason-Abmayr, Ph.D., Chair, Guyton Awards Selection Committee: bbeason@rice.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 December 1, 2017.

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 December 1, 2017.

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