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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $2,000 and reimbursement of the early registration fee to the American Physiological Summit  

Deadline: November 10

Questions? Contact: Ann Marie Bocus, APS Section Administrator 

Who Can Apply: APS members who are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.

Award Description

The Virendra B. Mahesh Award of Excellence in Endocrinology & Metabolism is to promote the career development of young investigators pursuing research in the area of endocrinology and metabolism physiology research. The award will be presented to an outstanding graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who is a rising star in the field of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Candidates will be judged on their academic career and research accomplishments (based on their career stage) as well as by the research abstract submitted to the American Physiology Summit. 


The applicant must:

  • be an APS member in good standing.
  • be first author on an abstract submitted to the Endocrinology & Metabolism Section topic category,
  • submit a PDF copy of the first-authored abstract,
  • submit a recommendation letter from their mentor describing why the trainee is deserving of the award including their academic career, research and other accomplishments. Letter must state trainee role on the research project presented in the abstract and trainee eligibility for the award

Previous Virendra B. Mahesh Award of Excellence in Endocrinology award recipients are ineligible to apply.


The application consists of:

  • PDF of the abstract submission
  • abstract Number, abstract author's full name, 
  • biosketch (NIH or NSF format), and
  • recommendation letter from the applicant's mentor.

The award recipient is expected to:

  • attend the American Physiology Summit
  • present their poster at the American Physiology Summit session
  • give and oral presentation at the Endocrinology & Metabolism awardee session at the American Physiology Summit and
  • attend the Endocrinology & Metabolism Section Business Meeting and Awards Reception.

Applications are only accepted via online submission.