Nominees must be physical therapists who, at the time of nomination, have been engaged in independent or collaborative research activities for not more than 10 years after completion of their first physical therapy professional degree, postprofessional doctoral degree (other than a transition DPT degree), or postprofessional doctoral fellowship, whichever was completed last (i.e., from the year the degree is granted until the year the nomination for this award is submitted).
Nominees may be employed in any aspect of physical therapy including, but not limited to, research, education, clinical practice, consultation, etc.
Nominees must have demonstrated their accomplishments through primary authorships in peer-reviewed (refereed) journals.
Research activities for which the therapists are being nominated must have been undertaken after completion of all formal education (i.e., completion of the first physical therapy professional degree, postprofessional doctoral degree [other than a transition DPT degree], or post-professional doctoral fellowship, whichever was completed last).
There must be a demonstrated relationship between the research and the field of physical therapy.
Criteria for Selection
- Nominees must have been engaged in independent or collaborative research activities for not more than 10 years after completion of formal education (i.e., completion of the first physical therapy professional degree, postprofessional doctoral degree [other than a transition DPT degree], or postprofessional doctoral fellowship, whichever was completed last) and have demonstrated a relationship between the research activities and the field of physical therapy.
- Research activities that have taken place after completion of all formal education (i.e., completion of first physical therapy professional degree, postprofessional doctoral degree [other than a transition DPT degree], or postprofessional doctoral fellowship, whichever was completed last) will receive the most weight. Grant funding and extramural funding will be considered.
- Accomplishment(s) must be demonstrated to be outstanding by the nominator. Evidence must be presented to indicate why it is believed that this contribution will have a present or future impact upon the profession to include, if possible, ways in which the accomplishment has impacted and will impact upon specific members, components (chapters, sections, or assemblies), or the practice or teaching of some content related to the field.
What Recipients Receive
A crystal award and a monetary award will be presented to the recipient(s) by APTA's Board of Directors at the NEXT Conference and Exposition and an official announcement will appear in an association publication.
During the online process, the following documents will be required for upload:
- Current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee
- A letter of nomination highlighting the productivity and focus of the nominee's investigations and that specifically focuses on the strengths of the nominee in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed 3 pages
- 2 letters of support, not to exceed 2 pages each, obtained from individuals who can specifically address the criteria for selection in relation to the nominee
- Electronic reprints of 1 or 2 scholarly works published
or accepted for publication by refereed journals (Copied portions of
reprints, drafts of books, or other large publications, may be
- List oral presentations presented at professional meetings (if not included in curriculum vitae or resume)
- Letters of support should:
- Explicitly state how the nominee is qualified under the criteria for selection by providing details on what the nominee has accomplished during his/her professional career, from the time the nominee earned his/her physical therapy professional degree or postprofessional doctoral degree, whichever was last, to the time of nomination (not to exceed 10 years), that augments the information contained in the nominee's vitae, and how it has demonstrated a commitment to research activities;
- Reflect genuine knowledge and consideration of the nominee's qualifications for this award; and
- Indicate in what capacity the author works or worked with, or otherwise knows personally, the nominee.
Submit a Nomination
Nominations must be submitted electronically. All materials completed
and submitted for each nomination must be received by the APTA Honors
and Awards Program on or before December 1, 2015, to be considered for
2016 Honors and Awards Program. Please note that the nominator is
responsible for reviewing and ensuring the proper completion of all
steps within the online nomination submission process before final
submission. Nominations for 2016 will open September 2015.
View past award recipients for this award (.pdf).