This award was created in Dr Rebecca Baker’s memory to encourage students and new investigators to follow her example. Those who knew Rebecca were impressed by her commitment to environmental epidemiology as a tool for improving public health and quality of life. She worked on many international studies with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and was an active member in the Society. Her warmth and kindness, scientific mind, linguistic and cultural skills, and grace in challenging circumstances, were inspiring to all those who knew and worked with her. Sadly, she died unexpectedly of a pregnancy-related heart condition at the age of 33.
To honor Rebecca's memory, this award is given each year to early-stage investigators who embody her approach to epidemiological research. The winner of the award will receive a certificate and ribbon at the annual conference, as well as, some support (dependent upon the funds available) to defray the cost of travel to the meeting.
How to Apply to the Rebecca James Baker Award
Application Requirements and Review Criteria
Graduate level students and new investigators who are within three years of having completed their degree are invited to apply. All applicants must be first authors on a submitted abstract for the ISEE annual conference. The applicant should submit the abstract and statement. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the secretariat by the letter writers. A committee of four to seven will evaluate the applications and choose the winner.
The nomination packet must include:
The criteria for selecting the winner, which embody Rebecca James Baker's approach to epidemiologic research, will be as follows (in no order of priority):
- An abstract submitted for presentation at the annual ISEE conference
- A statement of 300 words or fewer describing the challenges faced by the applicant in conducting the research and how they were overcome
- Two nomination letters written by the applicant's advisor and/or research collaborators that specifically comment on how the applicant meets the criteria for the award.
- A brief biography and portrait photo (photo of only the award recipient will be published with their bio in the journal and on the ISEE web site).
- Send nominations via email to: email@example.com andinclude in the Subject line: "Baker Award Application."
- The applicant is working in a challenging area of research, requiring skills such as obtaining and processing new or hard to access data, or working with populations and/or collaborators of different cultures or socio-economic circumstances.
- The abstract is of high scientific quality.
- The research is based on an international or cross-cultural collaboration.
- The applicant has demonstrated personal integrity, compassion, patience, and resourcefulness during the design and implementation of the research.
- The applicant has demonstrated an appreciation of and commitment to research as a tool to foster international understanding and public health improvement.