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Award Description

The A. Clifford Barger Underrepresented Minority Mentorship Award honors a member of the American Physiological Society (APS) who is judged to have demonstrated leadership, guidance, and mentorship of underrepresented diverse group of students in the physiological sciences.

The Barger Award promotes and embodies the APS goal of broad diversity among physiologists by recognizing outstanding mentors who make significant impacts on diversity in physiology. It recognizes mentoring as a highly valued professional activity that merits a high level award by the Society. The purpose of the award is not to promote URM physiologists per se, but to recognize individuals who mentor URM physiologists.

The award will be presented annually. The award promotes diversity in three ways:

  1. Raises the visibility of researchers who mentor students from diverse backgrounds,
  2. Stimulates the support and development of URM students engaged in graduate study in physiology,
  3. Shares the specific strategies used to promote diversity in the awardees’ laboratories, departments, institutions, schools, etc.

The award recipient receives:

  • a $1,000 honorarium;
  • up to $1,500 in reimbursement of travel expenses related to the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology (EB);
  • EB registration reimbursement; and
  • a commemorative plaque.


The Barger award recipient will be selected from applicants nominated by APS members in good standing. It is anticipated but not required that applicants are nominated by one of their protégés/mentees. Self-nominations are not allowed.

The nomination packet should be submitted online by the nominator. The award is open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship or professional rank. To be eligible for an award, the nominee must:

  1. Be an APS member in good standing at the time of application.
  2. Be a full-time permanent faculty or staff member at a US institution. They do not have to be tenured.
  3. Have served as an outstanding role model in promoting diversity and inclusion of underrepresented diverse groups to get involved in and remain in the field of physiological sciences. This may be evidenced by mentoring impacts on students and/or research outcomes for mentees.
  4. Have demonstrated continued commitment to the career goals and professional development of their mentee(s). This may be evidenced by:
    • Providing life coaching (supporting career/life balance issues, encouragement and strategies for challenges as a underrepresented diverse groups)
    • Providing continued interest in the individual’s professional development through personal advising/coaching and counseling.
  5. Have demonstrated success of leadership in their given field; this may include, for example, scholarly productivity and/or funding, managing and/or directing diversity programs, and/or teaching and mentoring trainees (undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs) engaged in research, etc.

Note: Preference will be given to those who have not won other APS mentoring awards.

To be eligible for the award review, an application must contain:
  1. A complete application form;
  2. A nomination letter summarizing the actions that form the basis for the nomination;
  3. The candidate’s biosketch;
  4. A list of past and current mentees from underrepresented diverse groups, including scholars’ outcome; and
  5. Letters of support representative of the various ways in which the applicant has demonstrated effort, results, and commitment.

The extraordinary commitment of the nominee will be demonstrated by:

  • dedication and commitment to excellence in training/mentoring of diverse physiologists at undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and/or junior faculty levels.
  • preparing minority students to be contributors to the field of physiology.
  • career guidance and continued interest in the professional advancement of mentees.
  • outreach to the community to recruit and retain young minority physiologists. 
  • continued efforts to seek funding to support recruitment, training and retention of underrepresented diverse groups of trainees.

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Applications are only accepted via online submission.

Award at a Glance

Award amount: $1,000 honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses up to $1,500, plus EB registration

Application deadline: September 15

Questions? Contact: Education and Member Communities Department

Who can apply: Must be an APS member in good standing and a full-time permanent faculty or staff member at a U.S. institution.


Additional Resources

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