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Award Description


Research Recognition Awards (RRA) recognize outstanding research by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who present a first-author abstract at the APS annual meeting. Applications are reviewed by APS section award committees.

The Section will also be offering Steven M. Horvath RRA to the top ranked applicant from an underrepresented racial/ethnic background.

  • be a current APS member;
  • be a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow/medical resident; and
  • submit a first-author abstract to the APS annual meeting at the American Physiology Summit.

Please note that the applicant may only apply to the Section to which their abstract was submitted. There are no citizenship requirements for this award.

Application Materials Needed

The applicant must submit:

  • a copy of their abstract; and
  • a 1-page letter/statement to indicate applicant’s contribution to the research, the broader importance of the research, and a statement of the applicant’s research goals. This statement should be signed by the mentor.
    • Note: This document should have 0.8 inch margins, 11 point font, single-spaced and must be a PDF.
  • Biosketch (NIH or NSF format)

Note: Award recipients are only allowed to receive this award once as a graduate student and once as a postdoctoral fellow regardless of Section affiliation.

Recipients may only accept one abstract-based award for the APS annual meeting.


Applications will be reviewed for the following:



  • A clearly stated hypothesis or aim
  • The technical approach to the study
  • The pertinent results obtained with quantitative and statistical comparisons, when appropriate
  • A clearly stated conclusion
  • The significance of the results to the field

Letter from the applicant that addresses the following points (Note: This is not a letter of recommendation):

  • Role of applicant in research presented in the abstract
  • Broader importance of the research described in the abstract
  • Statement of applicant’s research goals
  • This letter/statement must be signed by the applicant’s mentor.

Biosketch (please consider career stage when reviewing and scoring)

Applications are only accepted via online submission.


Award at a Glance

Award amount: $500, reimbursement of advance registration to the APS annual meeting, and a ticket to the Section dinner

Application deadline: December 15

Questions? Contact: David Fuller, PhD, Resp. Section Awards Committee Chair

Who can apply: Must be an APS member.

Past Awardees