Abstract Award Criteria and Instructions

The American Epilepsy Society honors 35 to 45 young investigators each year with an abstract award. Awardees are selected by the Scientific Program Committee based on the scientific merit of the abstract. Investigators may indicate they wish to be considered for an abstract award during the application process.
 

Grass Foundation Young Investigator Award

This award recognizes and honors outstanding young investigators conducting research in basic or clinical neuroscience related to epilepsy. The Grass Foundation and AES combine resources to provide awards to deserving candidates to help support costs to present their research at the AES Annual Meeting. Awardees will receive a $1,000 stipend and complimentary meeting registration.

Award Criteria and Instructions:

  1. Applicants must be investigators early in their careers, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows or junior faculty (MD, MD/PhD, PhD, or the equivalent), who are conducting basic or clinical research relating to epilepsy and are less than five years out of postgraduate training.
  2. Applicant must be the first author on the abstract submitted to AES.
  3. Applicant must not have received this award in the last five years.
  4. A letter from your supervisor/mentor/program director, on their institutional letterhead is required.  This letter must include the applicant’s research focus, role in the abstract, and promise as a future investigator.
  5. This letter must also confirm the applicant is less than five years of out postdoctoral training and include the name of the first author along with the title of the abstract.
  6. This letter MUST be uploaded via the online abstract submitter with your submission.
  7. This award provides a $1,000 stipend along with a waiver of the AES Annual Meeting registration fee. Approximately eight awards will be distributed.
  8. If chosen for this award, you MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting.
  9. AES will announce the awardees and their poster titles in the Program Book and in an awards ceremony during the scientific program.
  10. The AES Research and Training Council will determine the awardees and notification will be sent via email in September.

These awards are supported in part by the Grass Foundation.

 

Jack M. Pellock Award in Pediatric Excellence

The Jack M. Pellock Award in Pediatric Excellence recognizes the best pediatric paper submitted for the Annual Meeting. Awardees will receive a $1,000 stipend and complimentary meeting registration.

Award Criteria and Instructions:

  1. Applicant must be the first author on the abstract submitted to AES.
  2. Applicant must not have received this award in the last five years.
  3. A letter from your supervisor/mentor/program director, on their institutional letterhead is required.  This letter must include the applicant’s research focus, role in the abstract, and promise as a future investigator.
  4. This letter must also confirm the applicant is less than five years of out postdoctoral training and include the name of the first author along with the title of the abstract.
  5. This letter MUST be uploaded via the online abstract submitter with your submission.
  6. This award provides a $1,000 stipend along with a waiver of the AES Annual Meeting registration fee.
  7. If chosen for this award, you MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting. If you do not attend the annual meeting, the award will be forfeited.
  8. AES will announce the awardees and their poster titles in the Program Book.
  9. The AES Scientific Program Committee will determine the awardees and notification will be sent via email in September.

These awards are supported by the Jack M. Pellock Pediatric Travel Fund.

 

Kimford J. Meador Research in Women with Epilepsy Award

This award recognizes an AES member who has done important and recently published research which advances the care of women with epilepsy. The award of $1,000 is to recognize research in women’s issues and will be presented to the awardee in a brief ceremony at the Women's Issues in Epilepsy Special Interest Group at the AES Annual Meeting.

  1. Applicant must be the first author on the abstract submitted to AES.
  2. Applicant must be an AES member.
  3. Applicant must not have received this award in the last five years.
  4. Physicians at the early career level after fellowship and within seven years of completing training, no higher academic title than Assistant Professor, and Instructors may be considered.
  5. If chosen for this award, you MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting and the Pregnancy and Epilepsy Registries SIG (where the award will be presented). If you do not attend the annual meeting and the SIG, the award will be forfeited.
  6. AES will announce the awardees and their poster titles in the Program Book.
  7. The Meador Award will be granted to your current institution to be used toward your salary to support continuation of your research in the area of women's health. 

 This award is supported by My Epilepsy Story. 
 

Nurse and Advanced Practice Provider Abstract Awards

This award recognizes and honors outstanding young investigators with nursing and/or advanced practice degrees who are conducting epilepsy research and quality improvement projects. Awardees receive a $1,000 stipend.

Award Criteria and Instructions:

  1. Applicant must hold a nursing degree and/or advanced practice (ex: NP, PA) degree.
  2. Applicant must be the first author on the abstract submitted to AES.
  3. Applicant must not have received this award in the last five years.
  4. A letter from your supervisor/mentor/program director, on their institutional letterhead is required. This letter must include the applicant’s research focus, role in the abstract, and promise as a future investigator.
  5. This letter MUST be uploaded via the online abstract submitter with your submission.
  6. This award provides a $1,000 stipend. Approximately ten awards will be distributed.
  7. If chosen for this award, you MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting.  If you do not attend the annual meeting, the award will be forfeited.
  8. AES will announce the awardees and their poster titles in the Program Book.
  9. The AES Scientific Program Committee will determine the awardees and notification will be sent via email in September.

Advanced Practice Provider abstract awards are sponsored by SK Life Science, Inc.


Gaps in Patient Care Research Award

This award recognizes and honors outstanding young investigators conducting research on gaps in patient care for people living with epilepsy and on mitigating those gaps. Awardees will receive a $1,200 stipend and complimentary meeting registration.

Award Criteria and Instructions:

  1. Applicant must hold a MD, DO, PhD, MSW or related, nursing degree, and/or advanced practice (ex: NP, PA) degree.
  2. Applicant must be the first author on the abstract submitted to AES.
  3. Applicant must not have received this award in the last five years.
  4. A letter from the applicant’s supervisor/mentor/program director on institutional letterhead is REQUIRED. The letter must include the applicant’s research focus, role in the abstract, and promise as a future investigator.
  5. The letter MUST be uploaded via the online abstract submitter with your submission.
  6. If the applicant is chosen for this award, the applicant MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting. Otherwise, the award will be forfeited.
  7. AES will announce the awardees and their poster titles in the Program Book.
  8. The AES Scientific Program Committee will determine the awardees and notification will be sent via email in September.

The Gaps in Patient Care Research Award is supported by a grant from UCB, Inc.

 

Suzanne and Peter Berry International Abstract Awards

To recognize and honor young investigators doing research in clinical neuroscience related to epilepsy in Asia, Africa, Oceania, Middle East, or Latin America by supporting opportunities to present research at the Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. Awardees receive a $1,000 stipend and complimentary meeting registration.

Award Criteria and Instructions:

  1. Applicant must reside in and do research in Asia, Africa, Oceania, Middle East, or Latin America*.
  2. Applicants must be investigators early in their careers, including graduate students, nurses, social workers, postdoctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows or junior faculty (MD, MD/PhD, PhD, or the equivalent), who are conducting clinical neuroscience research related to epilepsy and are less than five years out of postgraduate training.
  3. Applicant must be the first author on the abstract submitted to AES.
  4. Applicant must not have received this award in the last five years
  5. A letter from your supervisor/mentor/program director, on their institutional letterhead is required.  This letter must include the applicant’s research focus, role in the abstract, promise as a future investigator along with the name of the first author and the title of the abstract.
  6. This letter must also confirm the applicant is less than five years of out postdoctoral training and include the name of the first author along with the title of the abstract
  7. This letter MUST be uploaded via the online abstract submitter with your submission.
  8. This award provides a $1,000 stipend along with a waiver of the AES Annual Meeting registration fee.  Two awards will be distributed.
  9. If chosen for this award, you MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting and you also MUST attend the AES Fellows Program activities which start with a breakfast on the Friday of the meeting.
  10. AES will announce the awardees and their poster titles in the Program Book and at an awards ceremony during the scientific program.
  11. The AES Research and Training Council will determine the awardees and notification will be sent via email in September.

*AES abides by US government travel funding sanctions. Currently, sanctioned countries include: The Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.

These awards are supported by the Suzanne and Peter Barry International Travel Award Fund.

 

Young Investigator Awards

This award recognizes young investigators conducting basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research. Awardees receive a $1,200 stipend.

Award Criteria and Instructions:

  1. Applicant must be less than five years out of post-doctoral training.
  2. Applicant must be the first author on the abstract submitted to AES.
  3. Applicant must not have received this award in the last five years.
  4. A letter from your supervisor/mentor/program director, on their institutional letterhead, is required.  This letter must include the applicant’s research focus, role in the abstract, promise as a future investigator along with the name of the first author and the title of the abstract.
  5. This letter must also confirm the applicant is less than five years of out postdoctoral training and include the name of the first author along with the title of the abstract
  6. This letter MUST be uploaded via the online abstract submitter with your submission.
  7. This award provides a $1,200 stipend.  Approximately 20 awards will be distributed.
  8. If chosen for this award, you MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting. If you do not attend the annual meeting, the award will be forfeited.
  9. AES will announce the awardees and their poster titles in the Program Book.
  10. The AES Scientific Program Committee will determine the awardees and notification will be sent via email in September.