AIMBE will present up to one award for each Professional Impact Award category annually at the AIMBE Annual Event, recognizing Fellows that have significantly contributed to improving the professional environment of the medical and biological engineering fields. Nominations for the Professional Impact Awards will be solicited by AIMBE in the following categories:
Mentoring: including supporting the growth and development of students, post-docs, and early career faculty; motivating and empowering mentees to pursue and achieve their goals, and helping mentees build a network of professional relationships to strengthen their careers.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: including contributing to the advancement of underrepresented minorities in medical and biological engineering, diversifying the biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering workforce, advancing equity and inclusion among students or work colleagues, providing underrepresented students with early exposure to the profession recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse talent; and improving the culture of inclusion.
Leadership: including serving on committees, boards of directors, or other governance positions; participating on peer review panels, advisory commissions, or study groups.
Education: including advancing new teaching methods, curriculum, or training techniques; contributing to changes and improvements on campus, academic life, and/or relationships of students and faculty; promoting and/or advancing STEM.
Both nominators and nominees must be AIMBE Fellows and in good standing with the organization. Nominators shall provide the name, contact details, maximum 30-word citation, and 500-word description of the candidate’s contributions meriting the award, as well as a letter of support. Citations, as well as the 500-word statement, must specially address accomplishments pertinent ONLY to the impact of the award for which the candidate is nominated. Nominations should provide specific metrics to support the candidate’s impact (personal anecdotes will not be considered). The letter of support must be from an individual with direct knowledge of the impact for which the candidate is nominated. Nominators should also submit a CV (5 pages max) that highlights the nominee’s accomplishments that are relevant to the award category.
Professional Impact Award nominations are sought in these categories: Mentoring, Advancing Diversity, Education, and Leadership. Nominees will be considered on the basis of their impact to the field in these areas, engagement with AIMBE and professional societies, strength of endorsement from recommendation letters, and efforts to diversify/expand the field.
Individual recipients receiving an award will be recognized at the Awards Banquet during AIMBE’s Annual Meeting and must be present to accept their award.