This award was created in memory of Dr. Rebecca Baker, a young investigator with a 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. The award is given to new investigators who embody her approach to epidemiological research.
The award will be given to candidates that possess the same qualities and caliber as Dr. Baker:
- the nominee is working in a challenging area of research, requiring skills such as obtaining and processing new or hard to access data, or working internationally or with populations and/or collaborators of different cultures or socio-economic circumstances
- the abstract is of high scientific quality
- the nominee has demonstrated personal integrity, compassion, patience and resourcefulness during the design and implementation of the research
- the nominee has demonstrated through their work an appreciation of and commitment to research as a tool to foster international understanding and public health improvement
Eligible awardees are scientists within three years of having completed a post-baccalaureate degree, members of ISEE, and first authors on a submitted abstract for the ISEE annual conference. Recipients will receive a certificate and ribbon as well as financial support to partially defray the costs of travel to the meeting. The Award will be presented at the annual conference.
How to Apply to the Rebecca James Baker Award
Any new investigator who meets the eligibility criteria can self-nominate. The applicant should send their submitted abstract, statement of challenges, brief biography and photo. 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:
- An abstract submitted for presentation at the annual ISEE conference
- A personal statement of 300 words or fewer describing the specific 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: firstname.lastname@example.org and include in the Subject line: "Baker Award Application."
The deadline for submitting 2021 award nominations is March 26, 2021.