The ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group’s (BIG) Executive Board in conjunction with corporate sponsors
SILVER LEVEL: AMTI, Motion Analysis Corp
BRONZE LEVEL: Bertec, VICON, Delsys, Novel, C-Motion

are pleased to announce the 2017 ACSM Biomechanics Awards program. This awards program recognizes exemplar achievements by promising scientists in the field of biomechanics. Currently, awards are available with Student Research Awards, Student Travel Awards, and the Motion Analysis Corp Career Achievement Award.

Also new for 2017 we are pleased to announce the AMTI Young Scientist Award for scientists in the early stages of their research careers. Details and application procedures for each award are presented below. Notification of each award will be made known to each awardee prior to the Annual Meeting.

1) Student Research Awards
The BIG Awards Committee will select Awardees based upon the scientific quality of the submitted materials. The Awardee must attend the Annual ACSM meeting to present their work in either poster or podium format. The Awardee must attend and will be given their award at the ACSM BIG Annual Meeting. The award consists of a certificate and a check for $400.00USD.

Eligibility
Current or pending student member of the ACSM at the time of the ACSM Annual Meeting. A student is considered eligible for the award if they are someone who has not received his/ her doctoral degree in the year prior to the ACSM annual meeting. Abstract has been submitted and accepted for podium or poster presentation at the ACSM Annual meeting. Applicants may not concurrently submit for Student Travel Awards.

Application Process
Electronic applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017 to the BIG Awards Committee Chair. This date is after the applicant has been notified that his/her abstract has been accepted for either podium or poster presentation at the ACSM Annual Meeting.

Application Submission Material
1) Letter of nomination and endorsement from the Department Head, Graduate or Undergraduate Advisor (PDF). This letter should include a statement specifying the applicant’s contributions and independence to the work being submitted. The letter should also specify that the applicant is seeking the Student Research award.
2) Expanded abstract of original research submitted and accepted to the ACSM annual meeting. The applicant must be the first author and the work should be the author’s own. The format for the abstract must be expanded from the original ACSM abstract to 2 pages, with title, authors and institutions clearly listed, all text in 12 pt font with 1” margins. Subheadings of Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions should be included.
3) Copy of e-mail correspondence or letter from ACSM verifying that the submitted abstract has been accepted to the ACSM Annual meeting.
4) Proof of student membership.

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically to the ACSM BIG Awards Chair, Dr. Joseph Seay joseph.f.seay.civ@mail.mil. All material must be submitted by March 31, 2017. Please put “YOUR FIRST INITIAL, MI, LAST NAME - BIG AWARD AP” in the subject header of the application e-mail.

2) Student Travel Awards
A Student Travel Award is offered to help offset the cost of travel to the ACSM conference to present a poster or podium presentation of their research project. The BIG Awards Committee will select Awardees based upon the submitted materials. The award consists of a certificate and a check for $200.00USD.

Eligibility
Current or pending student member of the ACSM at the time of the submission. A student is considered eligible for the award if they are someone who has not received his/ her doctoral degree in the year prior to the ACSM annual meeting. Applicants may not concurrently submit for Student Research Awards.

Application Process
Electronic applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017 to the BIG Awards Committee Chair.

Application Submission Material
1) Letter of nomination and endorsement from the Department Head, Graduate or Undergraduate Advisor. This letter should include a statement specifying the applicant’s qualifications and why they are deserving of the travel award.
2) Cover letter (maximum 1 page) describing the benefit they obtain by attending the meeting.
3) Copy of e-mail correspondence or letter from ACSM verifying that the submitted abstract has been accepted to the ACSM Annual meeting.
4) Proof of student membership

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically to the ACSM BIG Awards Chair, Dr. Joseph Seay joseph.f.seay.civ@mail.mil. All material must be submitted by March 31, 2017. Please put “YOUR FIRST INITIAL, MI, LAST NAME - BIG AWARD AP” in the subject header of the application e-mail.



3) ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group – Motion Analysis Career Achievement Award (1 Award)

The ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group-Motion Analysis Corp. (ACSM BIG-MAC) Career Award is the most prestigious honor given by the ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group. This award is given in recognition of an individual who has made distinguished contributions to the development and enhancement of the education of students concentrating in Biomechanics, and/or has made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in biomechanics and has contributed to the general discipline and growth in the field of Biomechanics throughout their respective career. The award consists of a certificate and a check for $1,500.00USD.

Eligibility
The ACSM BIG-MAC Award is open to all scientists, including non-ACSM members, but excludes current ACSM-BIG officers and members of the Awards Committee.

Nominations
Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Candidates should be established scientists whose work incorporates the scientific field of human biomechanics.

Submission Material
1) Letter of nomination
2) Comprehensive curriculum vitae (PDF)
3) Five publications, along with other documentation that support and embody the candidate's qualifications for the award (PDF).

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically to the ACSM BIG Awards Chair, Dr. Joseph Seay joseph.f.seay.civ@mail.mil. All material must be submitted by March 31, 2017.

4) ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group – AMTI Young Scientist Award (1 Award)

The ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group-AMTI Young Scientist Award (ACSM BIG-YSA) is new in 2017 thanks to the generous sponsorship of AMTI. This award is given in recognition of an individual who shows great promise with early significant theoretical or empirical contributions to basic or applied research in biomechanics. The award consists of a certificate and a check for $400.00 USD.

Eligibility
Current member of the ACSM at the time of the submission. A person is considered eligible for the Young Scientist Award if they have received their doctoral degree or post-doc within five years of the annual meeting or began their first Assistant Professor position within three years of the annual meeting.

Nominations
Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by an ACSM member.

Application Submission Material
1) Letter of nomination.
2) Endorsement from either A) dissertation or post-doctoral advisor confirming time the since the candidate received their doctoral degree or post-doc position; or B) Department Chair confirming time since candidate began their Assistant Professor position.
3) Personal statement from the candidate describing current research, contribution to science, evidence of early promise i.e. grant funding, high impact publications, etc., and commitment to ACSM i.e. years of membership, years of attendance to ACSM Annual Meeting, presentations given at ACSM Annual Meeting, service to ACSM, etc. (limit 2 page PDF).
4) Curriculum vita of relevant work (limit 3 page PDF).
5) Example of original research submitted to the ACSM annual meeting within the past three years with the nominee as first author (i.e. abstract submission or special session application).

Submission Instructions
Applications should be submitted electronically to the ACSM BIG Awards Chair, Dr. Joseph Seay joseph.f.seay.civ@mail.mil. All material must be submitted by March 31, 2017. Please put “YOUR FIRST INITIAL, MI, LAST NAME – ACSM BIG-YSA” in the subject header of the application e-mail.