Early Career Epidemiologist Award

Award Description

This award recognizes an early career epidemiologist for contributions to the field in one of three areas: 1) methods development; 2) etiologic research; or 3) applied epidemiology. The award is conferred each year at the Annual Meeting. The Awardee is given a mentorship opportunity to meet with a senior epidemiologist on the ACE board. The awardee will receive a monetary prize and complementary annual meeting registration.

Eligibility Criteria

An eligible nominee is an early career epidemiologist who is within 10 years of completing the terminal research degree (i.e., PhD, DrPH, MPH, MS) or within 10 years of completing medical residency or equivalent, and has actively contributed to:

  • Methods Development: an early career epidemiologist with exemplary work in theoretical or applied research methodology that has demonstrably advanced the practice of epidemiology. Eligible nominees should have a good record of peer‐reviewed publications on methods in epidemiology or related disciplines (e.g., statistics, social sciences, etc.).
  • Etiologic Research: an early career epidemiologist with research that has led to advances in the general understanding of the etiology of a specific health condition or group of conditions of public health significance. Eligible nominees should have a good record of peer-reviewed publications on etiologic research in epidemiology or related disciplines (e.g., clinical, basic science, etc.).
  • Applied Epidemiology: an early career epidemiologist with contributions that resulted in translating epidemiologic evidence to clinical, public health, or health policy applications. A strong record of peer‐reviewed publications is not required to describe the impact of this translational work, but evidence of the meritorious contributions of the nominee should be documented. Documentation should be accessible or provided to the committee for review and may include unpublished reports or gray literature as well as traditional publications.

Nomination Procedure

  • Eligible candidates are invited to self-nominate for this award. Active ACE members (Associate, Member, Fellow, Honorary Fellow or Emeritus) are also invited to nominate eligible candidates. Nominations should include:

    • A statement of the Award category: Methods Development, Etiologic Research, or Applied Epidemiology
    • A narrative description of the particular contribution or collection of contributions prompting the nomination. For example, a single high‐impact publication could be sufficient for a nomination, as could a collection of work. Regardless, this description should document how the contribution has influenced the field of epidemiology and/or related fields as well as any direct population health impact.
    • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae should be submitted with the nomination letter.
    • Examples of work (e.g., papers, reports, etc.) do not need to be attached to the nomination letter, but a select list of relevant examples that can be accessed by the committee would be helpful.
    • The nominator may include up to two supporting letters (optional).

Past Early Career Epidemiologist Awardees

2022 Hailey R. Banack